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Lot 157 - 1955 Austin Healey 100/4

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ESTIMATE €50,000- €60,000

Auction 2016 mondial de l'automobile paris
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Lot Number 157
Reg. Number EU Registered
Chassis Number BN1
Year 1955
Make Austin Healey
Model 100/4

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Description

In 1951, when the established range of Healey cars was selling steadily but out of the price range of most enthusiasts, Donald Healey realised there was a market for a relatively low-priced but high performance sports car. A readily available, reliable and tuneable engine was required and BMC agreed to supply the 2,660cc four cylinder unit from its Austin A90 model, together with Austin’s three-speed with overdrive gearbox.

For the chassis of the new car Healey and his son Geoffrey designed a simple but torsionally strong ladder frame using the A90’s independent coil spring/wishbone front suspension and a leaf-sprung rear axle located by Panhard rod, with drum brakes all round. Finally, an attractive, open two seater body was penned by Gerry Coker, the final rendition of which incorporated some last minute changes by Donald Healey himself.

The result, launched to a surprised public at the 1952 London Motor Show, caused a sensation and met with immediate approval from press and enthusiasts alike. It looked superb with performance to match; producing 94bhp at 4,000rpm, it could achieve 111mph with the windscreen folded flat and 0-60mph acceleration in 10.3 seconds.

Called simply the Healey 100, the new car also caught the attention of BMC supremo Leonard Lord who at once struck an agreement with Healey to market the car as the Austin Healey 100. Production began in May 1953 and it wasn’t long before the model was selling like hot cakes and featuring strongly in production racing on both sides of the Atlantic.

This beautiful 100/4 is presented in a dark aubergine colour with beige trim. Having enjoyed a thorough restoration in 2015, costing 25,000 with bills to prove it, the car can rarely have been looking better. To many collectors and enthusiasts, the Austin-Healey 100’s are the purest of the big Healeys. They’re sleek, stunning to view and have that big, torquey engine, and though a good example like this one is ideal for carving up deserted back roads, it is also capable of keeping up with modern traffic. 

Baptisée simplement la Healey 100 , cette nouvelle voiture a attiré l’attention de Leonardo Lord de BMC qui a passé un accord avec Healey pour commercialiser la voiture sous le nom de Austin Healey 100. La production débuta en Mai 1953 et très vite la voiture s’est vendue comme des petits pains des deux côtés de l’Atlantique.

Cette  belle 100/4 est présentée en couleur Aubergine et beige. Ayant été restaurée en 2015 pour un coût de 25.000 Euros , avec factures à l’appuie , elle ne peut paraitre mieux. Pour les collectionneurs et les amateurs la Austin Healey 100 est la plus pure de toutes les Healey. Elle est brillante , superbe à regarder et un modèle comme celui-ci est idéal pour parcourir les petites routes, mais est aussi capable d’assumer la circulation moderne.


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