- Mille Miglia eligible
- Classic early 100 styling
- Beautifully restored, an ideal touring example
- Desirable BN1
- Benefit from recent engine rebuilt (2017)
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 and 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 100 was simple and strong; the frame comprising a pair of steel rails that ran the length of the chassis about 17 inches apart, passing beneath the live rear axle and below the front lower wishbones. The alloy and steel body was supported by brackets extending outward from the main rails. The engine was the old Austin 90 long-stroke four of 2660cc, developing 90bhp at 4000rpm and 144 foot-pounds of torque at 2000rpm. Griffith Borgeson would write “Such high torque at low engine speed is one of the competition assets of the Austin-Healey. Another is its durability…” The gear box was a three-speed manual unit with floor shift, enhanced by a Laycock de Normanville overdrive on second and third gears. In High Overdrive, top speed is about 110 mph. An endearing feature of the Austin-Healey is its lay-down windscreen, which adds greatly to its dashing, streamlined look, and not coincidentally, to its top speed.
The BN1 proved to be an able competitor; in fact, prior to the advent of the lightweight ‘S’ spec cars the standard was carried by the early BN1 variant – albeit in sometimes modified form. Early outings included Lyon-Charbonnieres Rally, Mille Miglia, and the Le Mans 24 Hours – where Autocourse commented: “the performance of the two Austin-Healeys in the hands of Becquart/Wilkins and Gastonides/Lockett, probably the cheapest cars in the race, was remarkable”. Outings at the Goodwood Nine Hour race and with American Bob Cottam in the Trifels Rally and Trifels hill climb cemented the legend.
ABOUT THIS SPECIFIC EXAMPLE
This is a wonderful example. Probably not mint / concours but a very honest and very nice car.
Chrome is very nice, interior beautiful and drive wise it’s a dream. The power in the engine is superb due to the recently rebuilt engine.
To many collectors and enthusiasts, the Austin-Healey 100s are the purest of the big Healeys. They’re sleek, stunning to view and have that big, torquey engine. And though a good example like this one is ideal for carving up deserted back roads, it is also capable of keeping up with modern traffic.