Lot 225 - 1956 Austin Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans

An excellent example of the rare original factory 100M's

€210,410

Auction Interclassics Maastricht January 2017

Lot Details

Lot Number 225
Reg. Number EU Registered
Chassis Number BN2-L/233030
Year 1956
Make Austin Helaey
Model 100M BN2 Le Mans

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Description

Automotive developer and racer Donald Healey, looking to reach a broader sports car market, developed this iconic British sports car in 1953 using a 4-cylinder Austin A90 engine. An initial success, British Motors Corporation saw the value of a strong competitor to the Triumph TR Series and took over production.

The BN2 was fitted with a real four-speed manual transmission, still with overdrive on the top two gears. Other features that distinguish the BN2 from the BN1 are the slightly larger front wheel arches, different rear axle.

In 1955, a high-performance 100M model was introduced, with larger carburettors, a cold air box to increase engine air flow, high-lift camshaft and 8.1:1 compression pistons. It produced 110 bhp (82 kW) at 4500 rpm. The front suspension was stiffened and the bonnet gained louvres, along with a bonnet belt. Approximately 70% of 100Ms were finished with a two-tone paint scheme, including one White over Red and another in Black over Pink for display at the 1955 London Motor Show. In all, 640 100Ms were built by the factory.

The 100M was a specially enhanced version of the car and was offered for just one year, 1955-1956. Modifications included a high compression head, four-speed gearbox with overdrive and improved front brakes. 100Ms competed in the Mille Miglia in 1953 and 1954.

Finished in one of the most desirable colour combinations of black and with red leather interior and contrasting black hood, #233030 has recently undergone a meticulous restoration by one of the world’s leading Healey 100 experts, bringing the car to an excellent condition throughout.

This is a genuine matching numbers example of one of the 640 BN2 100M’s ever made, offered in unrivaled condition this truly represents a very rare opportunity to join the elites’ of the Healey aficionado’s and owning one of the most iconic and enjoyable cars of the 50’s. Being sold out of a private Healey 100 collection which included two other 100M’s. 


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