1958 Austin-Healey 100 / 6

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1958
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Chassis number 
    BN4-LO/71591
  • Engine number 
    26D-RU-H/71591
  • Lot number 
    579
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Exterior brand colour 
    Green
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Manual

Description

You can now book a one-to-one appointment (up to one hour) to view this lot at our central location between 16th and 30th July. Please contact Lionel on 07831 574381 / [email protected] to secure your appointment or to discuss the car in more detail. The health and safety of both our customers and team remains the utmost priority, we are therefore operating to strict COVID-19 guidelines and full instructions for arrival and inspection protocols will be given when making your appointment.Originally left-hand drive and destined for Miami, FloridaRepatriated to the UK in 2012. Fully restored andconverted to right-hand driveClassically finished in gleaming British Racing Green, Black tonneauSilver wire wheels, fresh chrome and a chrome luggage rackSmart black leather interior, Wood rim steering wheel. OverdriveHeritage Certificate, US paperwork, details and photos of the restorationIntroduced in 1956 to replace the Austin-Healey 100 (later known as the 100-4), the 100-6 was a two-seat roadster produced by the British Motor Corporation, initially at Longbridge and later at Abingdon, and remained in production until 1959 when it was replaced by the 3000. Over the years, all three models have become known collectively as "The Big Healeys".A couple of inches longer than its predecessor, the Healey 100, the new model was fitted with a more powerful straight-six engine (BMC-C series previously fitted to the Austin Westminster) producing 102bhp which in 1957 was improved to 117bhp. Externally, the car differed by being slightly more streamlined, having a smaller, wider grille, an air scoop on the bonnet and a fixed windscreen. The car was marketed as being more luxurious than its predecessor, however, the luxury was obviously comparative as the 1957 brochure claims "To suit individual needs, there are numerous items of equipment such as a heater, overdrive and wire wheels which can be fitted at extra cost". Another "Wow" factor from the brochure is the availability of "Aluminium framed side-screens which have one fixed and one sliding panel for ventilation or hand signalling" The 100/6's performance was quite exciting for the period, roaring up to 60mph in just over 10 seconds and going on to 104 miles an hour at a time when a Ford Popular would struggle to reach 70mph.This latest Healey was available in two model designations, the 2+2 BN4 from 1956 onwards and 2 seat BN6 in 1958/9 and was listed in 1958 at 1,307 including purchase tax.Amongst Big Healey aficionados, the 100/6 is the one to have in terms of purity. The earlier 100/4s, whilst gorgeous to look at were a bit "agricultural" and are now becoming very expensive whilst the later 3000s were being adorned with more and more creature comforts with the consequential increase in weight. As long as the 100/6 was properly set up with attention to camber and castor and all the other factors in suspension geometry, they handled superbly and were a dream to drive. With the top down, the burble from the exhaust note was a delight in a 1950s, six-cylinder, down a country lane in a black and white movie, sort of way and on the overrun had more 'snap, crackle and pop'than a box of Rice Crispies.Offered here from the Antony Hamilton Collection is an Austin Healey 100-Six 2+2 (BN4) finished in British Racing Greenwith a black leather interior. The Heritage Certificate confirms that it was destined for the North American market originallyfinished in Ivory White anddelivered to adealer in Miami, Florida. The specification included wire wheels, overdrive and a heater. It was repatriated to the UK in 2012 when it was fully restored and professionallyconverted to right-hand drive. The history file contains various receipts and sales invoices from a dealer in Birmingham, Alabama from 1995. There is also a photographic record of the restoration showing the original state and the finished article.This is a great practical classic with occasional four seats and the joy that is a big Healey.You can now book a one-to-one appointment (up to one hour) to view this lot at our central location between 16thand 30thJuly. Please contact Lionelon 07831 574381/[email protected] to secure your appointment or to discuss the car in more detail.The health and safety of both our customers and team remains the utmost priority, we are therefore operating to strict COVID-19 guidelines and full instructions for arrival and inspection protocols will be given when making your appointment.