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.
One of only 640 original factory Le Mans specification examples, chassis 233071 was supplied in June 1956 to a member of the US military, based in Duesseldorf, fitted with the factory options of a heater, laminated windscreen, MPH speedometer and louvered bonnet. The Healey was then exported to the US where it participated in races in period. In 1990 the 100M was repatriated into Europe, whereupon a highly detailed restoration was commissioned in 1993, which has only recently been completed. The restoration is supported by a number of invoices and a photographic file of the works undertaken. Since completion, the car has covered just a nominal amount of test miles to “shake out” any minor issues.
Beautifully finished in its original colour combination of Old English White over Blue, with a blue leather interior and hood, and offered with the relevant Heritage certificate, this is a rare opportunity to own one of the most iconic and enjoyable sports cars of the 1950s.