1954 Austin-Healey 100 / 4

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1954
  • Mileage 
    5 200 mi / 8 369 km
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Chassis number 
    BN1219137
  • Engine number 
    1B219137M
  • Lot number 
    430
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

Delivered new in right-hand drive to Australia and repatriated to the UK in 2013BN1 100/69 was finished in Healey Blue and sold to S.Todhunter on 25/11/1954 to be registered as ASL-158Matching numbers (219137) and original colour. Heritage Certificate on fileRecent top-end rebuild with unleaded valves.Carbs and brakesfully overhauledGently patinatedacross all finishes, matching blue hood, side screens andtonneau coverGood history file with theHeritageCertificate,current V5c,assorted invoices and receiptsThis rather lovely and very early, right-hand drive, Austin-Healey 100/4 (BN1-219137) was dispatched from the Austin factory in Longbridge in September of 1954, finished in Ice Blue with ablue interior and matching blue hood, anddestined for Australia. It was received there by Larke Hoskins Motors who were the NSW distributor for Austin-Healeys and allocated their SerialNo 344 prior to beingtransported to John Crouch Motors in Flinders Street, Sydney where it arrivedon November the 24th. The very next day its eager first owner, a Mr S Todhunter, collected his gleaming Healey and registered it ASL-158. This is a spectacularly good looking car now so imagine how proud Sam Todhunter would have felt 65 years ago as he rasped his way around the streets of central Sydney on a warm afternoon.Repatriated in 2013 by our vendor, a highly knowledgeable classic car collector, who hand-picked this car to ship back to the UK due to its excellent condition. Residing for almost 60 years in the warm dry climate of Australia the chassis was noted to be extremely well preserved.Today this example remainsin its original colour combination of Ice Blue paintwork with a blue interior and pleasingly is still partnered byits original engine.Overall the car presents with a wonderful even patination across all finishes, not at all tired or worn out, just well kept and reallypresentable, something, of course, that is always lost in a fully restored example. Reported to run and drive very well, this 100/4 has recently benefitted from a top-end rebuild with an unleaded valve upgrade and an overhaul of the carburettors and braking system. It's offered with wet weather equipment and its history file containing the Heritage Certificate supporting matching numbers, the current V5c and other assorted invoices and receipts.Tricky to find in such beautiful condition, this quintessentially British classic is full of character and will always be highly sought after by both collectors and enthusiasts alike.