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 and being the first 100 with optional two-tone paint.
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 special enhanced version of the car 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.
One of 640 overall 100M’s ever produced, the example on offer with us here today is one of only a handful of examples delivered new to Holland. In 1956 the car was sent back to the Healey Factory in the UK to be fitted with an original Le Mans M-Kit. #BN1L/150648 is a well-known car that is listed in the Austin Healey 100M Le Mans registry and is provided today with a certificate of Membership.
Over recent years this Austin Healey has been subject to a meticulous restoration after having been found in a garage where it had been stored and forgotten for over forty years! The car was found in impressive condition and still equipped with its original Le Mans Headlamps, Steering Wheel and 100M Badge. Also found in a box nearby were the cars original Derrington steering wheel, cold air box, Lucas Dipping mirror and bonnet.
Now finished in the wonderful and original Austin Healey 100S colours of Obelia Blue over Ivory, this car is ready to be enjoyed with its fully rebuilt engine and its Dennis Welch aluminium cylinder head. An exemplary 4 owner car.
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. In a market where many cars are declining in value, there is an ever-increasing demand for these early Austin-Healeys, especially those refitted to 100M Le Mans specification.