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A Spectacular & Stylishly Prepared BN1

1955 Austin-Healey 100-4

1955 Austin-Healey 100-4

Chassis No. BN1-L/219630
Engine No. 1B/219630 (Matching Numbers)
Body No. 5407

A Spectacular & Stylishly Prepared BN1
Numbers-Matching Engine per British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate
Exceptionally Maintained Older Nut and Bolt Richard Chrysler Restoration
Fitted with the 'Le Mans' Modifications
Eligible for Prominent Worldwide Touring Events
Supported by Original Books, Tools, Emergency & Weather Equipment

Widely considered the “original” Austin-Healey, the “Healey Hundred” Series cars were built from 1953 to 1956. The big four engine gave the Austin-Healey 100-4 two-thirds more power than its MG contemporary and 120% more torque, all in a streamlined and better-balanced package, that weighed no more than the MG. Built largely for the important American market where they fit neatly between Triumph's TR2 and the larger Jaguar XKs. A true two-seat roadster, with a purity of line and sense of purpose that has made them quite sought after by enthusiasts of British sports cars, accentuated by a rakish fold-down windscreen. For 1955 and 1956 a special edition of the 100-4 was produced to commemorate the success at Le Mans and offer enthusiast buyers the opportunity to enjoy the best of what the company could offer.

Only 640 Factory built 100M LeMans would be realized during the production run. As such, owners of a standard 100-4 who couldn't get their hands on the factory built examples went back to the dealer for the ”M Modification” and upgrades. This included a louvered bonnet, special aluminum cold air box, special cam, tuned carburetors, and ignition amongst other subtleties. This formula produced a potent little racer that was much quicker than the original with sporty looks and a superb performer.

Completed to the highest and most correct standard possible by well-known Marque Specialist Richard Chrysler of Canada. Having competed nationally and awarded Concours Gold at the 50th anniversary puts this Healey in a very special category.
According to British Motor Industry Heritage Trust, chassis number BN1L219630 was completed on September 28, 1954 as a LHD North American Export specification car distributed through the Austin Motor Company of America. It wore Old English White paint over Red trim and Red hood (top and accompanying weather gear). Optional equipment included a heater, laminated windscreen, and a miles-per-hour speedometer.

Accompanying literature states the Healey spent quite some time in Ohio, when in 1987 it was stripped for rebuilding and remained in a suspended state of restoration from 1988/89-February 2001, when it was acquired by Doug Knight of Canada with the assistance of marque specialist Richard Chrysler. The car was immediately entrusted to Rich for a total concours restoration. It was with Richard's oversight that the entire car was completely disassembled, catalogued and stripped to the bare metal. Panel fitment was test fitted, matched and treated to beautifully rich Old English White paint job it carries today.

The engine and transmission were overhauled at the time of restoration, as were all suspension, steering, braking, fuel and electrical items including a new harness. Brightwork, fixtures and more were all refinished and a correct new interior was completed. The completed job was described as near-perfect and as such the car was awarded 952 of 1,000 points at the Lake Tahoe 50th Anniversary National Meet where it received a Concours Gold Certification from the Austin Healey Club. In the years following, it would continue to show, receiving additional awards, and later enjoyment on tours and rallies throughout Canada and the United States.

A few years after the car had completed its show circuit, 219630 spent 2006-2007 receiving a 100M conversion, completed to correct standards. A total engine rebuild was carried out by Howe Motor Works including new pistons, bearings, blueprint and balanced components, and a proper M specification grind on the cam. The carburetors and ignition were adjusted, and the head built for power. A correct aluminum air box and intake complete the appearance along with correct clamps and reproduction factory “warning” tags. Lastly, a proper 100M louvered bonnet (with stamped body number) and strap was installed.

Following years of thoughtful stewardship, today the Healey 100 remains in excellent and very usable condition as a competitive tourer or concours display. Outward appearances are correct in period, complemented by a decorated badge bar and proper Lucas head, fog and spot lamps. The cabin is correct in its presentation, and lightly mellowed. Electronics appear in working order. All weather gear is present including a full-cab tonneau cover, side curtains with protective sleeve, and top.

The undercarriage and luggage compartment are of the same consistency, with evidence of use and enjoyment, but very tidy, polished and honest. The trunk comes fully trimmed and appointed with a tool set, jack, spare, spare tire down, spanner, hammer, and emergency equipment in individual tailored pouches.

219630 is supported by an original and reproduction Owner's Handbook, original and reproduction Service manuals, original Parts List book, original Dealer Brochures, servicing and restoration dossier, restoration and historical photos, featured magazine and newsletter publications, concours judging sheet, BMIHT Certificate and more. In addition to an original restored steering wheel and car cover.

Recently serviced for continued driven enjoyment, we offer this well prepared and highly complete Austin-Healey 100 in 'Le Mans' spec for worldwide purchase from our Houston, Texas showroom.

$92,500.00

To learn more about this vehicle, please contact our sales department at (281) 497-1000 or sales@driversource.com

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