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Lot 235: Austin-Healey 100/4 Le Mans

Techno Classica, Coys (2 April 2011)

The Austin-Healey 100 was a sports car built between 1953 and 1956 by the British Motor Corporation. The model was developed by the celebrated Donald Healey to be produced in-house by Healey's small car company in Warwick and based on Austin A90 Atlantic mechanicals. Healey built a single "Healey Hundred" for the 1952 London Motor Show, and the design impressed Leonard Lord, Managing Director of Austin, so much that a deal was struck with Healey to build it in quantity at Austin's Longbridge factory. The car was renamed the Austin-Healey 100, selected from the car's ability to reach 100 mph, then a remarkable figure for a production car.

This fabulous Healey was delivered new in Paris on 6th January 1956. Still fitted with its matching numbers engine and gearbox with overdrive, it was supplied in period with the Le Mans kit, as shown on the plate fitted to the dashboard. A documented frame-off restoration by British specialist John Chatham was carried out in the 1990s and the car has since been owned by the current vendor. Further work was carried out between 2001 and 2003, notably the overhaul of the engine, gearbox, overdrive, steering and the carburettors (rebuilt to M specification). Since completion the car has completed in the region of 15,000kms, mostly on prestigious rallies in Germany. In 2009 the brakes, radiator, shock absorbers, petrol pump, plugs, battery and tyres were replaced or overhauled as necessary. In addition the engine has been uprated by famous Healey tuner Dennis Welch.

A detailed list of all the work done is available in the car's file, also a photographic record of the restoration. The car is equipped with a hardtop, full weather equipment, tonneau, original windscreen, also books and tools.

Offered from us with historic German registration documents and Heritage certificate, this car has over �42,000 spent with the current vendor, with bills to substantiate.

This superb early Austin Healey is eligible for the most prestigious events such as the Mille Miglia and as such is an opportunity not to be missed.

Lot Details
Auction Techno Classica
Coys, Essen, Germany
TypeCar
Lot Number235
Estimate€48000-€55000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)€56568
Year1956
Condition rating0
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Chassis numberBN 2 L 230308
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