1956 Austin-Healey 100100/6 'California'
Year of manufacture1956
Car typeConvertible / Roadster
Exterior brand colourGrey
Coys Auction - Techno Classica Essen
Saturday 2 April 2011
Motor Cars 15:00
Admission by catalogue only - admits two.
Estimate: €35,000 - €45,000
Registration Number: EU Registered
Chassis Number: BN4L037541
Produced in-house by Healey’s small car company in Warwick and based on Austin A90 Atlantic mechanicals, Donald Healey built a single “Healey Hundred” for the 1952 London Motor Show. 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. The “100” name comes from Donald Healey, who selected the name from the car’s ability to reach 100 mph, then a remarkable figure for a production car.
Following on from the successful Austin Healey 100, the second landmark model from this relatively new marque arrived in 1956, the 100-6. The 100-6 used a tuned version of the new BMC “C-series” six cylinder engine in 2639cc form. The new