One of the truly great sports cars of the 1950s, the Austin-Healey was a case of the right car at the right time. Having developed the original prototype for the 1952 London Motor Show, Donald Healey’s little company based in Warwick was unable to take advantage on the unprecedented reaction. Fortuitously, the boss of Austin, Leonard Lord, spotted the Healey and recognized its potential as an affordable rival to Triumph’s successful TR series. As a result, Austin and Healey made a deal to jointly produce and market the 100 under their combined names and a legend was born.
The stunning bodywork, designed by Gerry Coker, was made by Jensen Motors of West Bromwich, the chassis by Thompson Pressings and the cars assembled at Longbridge from March 1953 onwards.
The 100/4, as it was designated, utilized the Austin’s rugged 2.6-litre four-cylinder engine (first seen in the Atlantic), developing serious power at 4,000 rpm with plenty of torque.
With a fold-flat windscreen, minimal creature comforts and plenty of urge, the Austin-Healey was the quintessential British sports car and continues to enjoy a massive following around the world.
The original two-seater BN1 remained in production until August 1955.
The earliest 100/4s are highly regarded by Healey enthusiasts for their purity of line and raw sports car driving experience somewhat diluted on the later six-cylinder models.
ABOUT THIS SPECIFIC EXAMPLE
This Austin Healey was newly delivered to the United States. It is 1 of the earlier examples being a BNI.
The car is therefore fitted with the desirable 3 speed gearbox with overdrive on the 2nd. and 3rd. gear.
Personally the BN1 is my favorite because the ratio in the gearbox is better as in the BN2. In the BN2, you just don’t need to use the 1st gear.
This specific car with chassis number BN1-L/220865 has been built at the 26th of October 1954. It was immediately send to the Austin Motor Company of America when she was completed.
The Healey was ordered new in Old English White and had a laminated windscreen, a heater and wire wheels. All these options are still on the car.
The Healey has been most of it’s life in the United States and came to Holland in 2009. The former owner was an enthusiast who drove the car regularly and maintained the Healey at a well known specialist in the Netherlands.
We have owned this Healey before when we bought the car in 2016 from a Healey specialist in Holland.
We sold it quickly to customers/friends from Germany. A couple who owned a nice collection with beautiful classic cars.
Almost all the cars of their collection were bought from us.
During the ownership between 2016 and 2020 the German owners spend approximately € 12.000,- on the car.
They carried out regular service but they also rebuilt the engine as well as the gearbox.
Invoices of the work done are available.
The Healey is now registered in Holland and the car is complete with a FIVA Identity card.
The body of this Austin Healey is very nice. It is straight and very solid. The paintwork is very nice as well and during the restoration it was done to high standards all around.
Inside the doors, the Healey looks very nice as well even as inside the engine bay.
The chrome is excellent throughout.
The car is fitted with it’s original bonnet while many Healeys are fitted with the non original 100M louvred bonnet.
The window can be easily flattened and the condition of the window as well as the chrome surrounding of the window is very nice.
The interior is in excellent overall condition.
The seats and carpets are both in close to new condition.
The gauges are very nice and all in working order. There is a slight aging to the finish of the speedometer.
The original switches and controls are present and functional, including the steering wheel-mounted turn signal, choke switch, and bonnet release.
When the key of the Healey is turned, the engine starts easily and it become immediately clear that the engine is running very strong.
The oil pressure is perfect
The power in the car is amazing. The low weight and the strong engine are a fabulous combination.
The engine produces a fantastic sound which makes a drive even more joyful.
The transmission shifts very well with good syncros, both when warm and cold but this is also because of the rebuild.
The brakes are excellent as well and the clutch is brand new.