One of the truly great sports cars of the 1950s, the Austin-Healey was a case of the right car at the right time.
Before the 100 LeMans, before the Healey 100S, there was simply the Austin-Healey 100, but what an amazing car it proved to be. The result of a partnership signed in 1952 between the head of BMC, Leonard Lord, and successful automotive engineer Donald Healey, the ‘100’ – so named for its top-speed capability – was unveiled at the 1952 Earl’s Court Motor Show as a more sporting alternative to the rather stodgy Austin A90 Atlantic convertible.
The Austin-Healey 100-4 BN1 and BN2 Series cars are considered the “original” Austin-Healey.
Between the 2 series, the main difference was the adoption of the 4speed gearbox with overdrive in the BN2 models.
ABOUT THIS SPECIFIC EXAMPLE
We have seen and owned quite a lot of Austin Healey’s because we really appreciate these cars.
The looks as well as the driving experience is easy to describe with 1 word. GREAT!
We have had used cars as well as restored cars. Nicely restored cars and better restored cars but we have not often offered Austin Healey’s in a condition as this beautiful restored example.
This Austin Healey 100/4 was delivered new to the USA in 1954. After 4 years of use the car had a technical failure resulting in a small under-bonnet fire.
The car was put in a garage and was never used since then.
When the owner passed away the family sold the car and the car was brought back to the UK where it was completely nut and bolt restored by a well known Healey specialist.
During the restoration the specification has been kept as original so the car has been fully restored into it’s original color combination of Deep Green with a green leather interior.
The restoration was carried out on a very impressive high level resulting in a car that even won the
The car comes with a restoration overview in pictures and it is almost unbelievable that a car can be restored on such a high level. The costs have exceeded by far the value of the car but the result is absolutely amazing.
Not only the looks are fabulous with this car, the technical aspects have also been all restored and the engine is even fully rebuilt and balanced by well known Healey specialist Dennis Welch.
Condition wise we can be very short in our description as the Austin Healey is absolutely unique and superb condition wise.
When the car was restored, a meticulous attention was paid to the accuracy of the panel fit, especially to equal the door, bonnet and boot gaps.
Every exterior part on the Austin Healey is in concours condition. The paint, the chrome, the doorfittings, really everything.
The interior of the Austin Healey is like the exterior. Impressively restored.
The car is restored with a lot of attention to details and the restorer wanted to retain the originality. So the original color which is mentioned on the Heritage trust certificate is used during the restoration.
The car is complete with the full weather equipment including side windows and roof.
The Austin-Healey 100 is a highly versatile sports car equally suitable for pleasurable touring or the occasional gentle motor sports event.
Indeed, this Healey can be easily transformed from a tourer into a racer by folding down the windscreen to increase the top speed. It is a relative simple car to drive and handles extremely well, but if the accelerator pedal is floored, turns into a veritable ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’.
The easy-to-fit soft-top can be erected quickly whenever it starts to rain, while the relative large boot makes the car ideal for weekend tours.
Add to the mix sublime looks – particularly with the screen folded flat – and you have one of the most beautiful and desirable of classic British sports cars.