1954 Austin-Healey 100 / 4

Drophead

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1954
  • Mileage 
    245 mi / 395 km
  • Car type 
    Convertible / Roadster
  • Chassis number 
    BN1L190350
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Restored
  • Interior colour 
    Green
  • Number of doors 
    2
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Green
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

The Austin-Healey 100 is a sports car that was built from 1953 until 1956.
14,634 Austin-Healey 100s were produced Based on Austin A90 Atlantic mechanicals, it was developed by Donald Healey to be produced in-house by his small Healey car company in Warwick.
Healey built a single Healey Hundred for the 1952 London Motor Show; the design impressed Leonard Lord, managing director of Austin, who was looking for a replacement for the unsuccessful Austin A90.
The Body styling was by Gerry Coker, and Barry Bilbie designed the chassis. Leonard Lord negotiated a deal with Donald Healey to build it in quantity; Jensen Motors made the bodies, Austin mechanical components were used and assembled at Austin's Longbridge factory.

The car was renamed the Austin-Healey 100. The "100" was named by Healey for the car's ability to reach 100 mph (160 km/h); its successor, the better known Austin-Healey 3000, was named for the 3000 cc displacement of its engine. Apart from the first twenty cars, production Austin-Healey 100s were finished at Austin’s plant alongside the A90 and based on fully trimmed and painted body/chassis units produced by Jensen in West Bromwich.

This particular Austin Healey 100/4 was delivered new to the USA in 1954 and was subject to an under bonnet fire, so the car was garaged and never used. The car was repatriated back to the UK in 2017 where it was totally stripped down and fully restored. Just in the final stages of the restoration, the car will be sold.

UK registered and all European taxes paid.