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.
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 110bhp at 4,500 rpm. The front suspension was stiffened and the bonnet gained louvres, along with a bonnet belt.
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.
Purchased by the current vendor as a barn-find over 15 years ago, the car had been stored and forgotten for over forty years! The rust-free bodywork and factory-fitted M engine were found in impressive condition.
After having been subject to a meticulous restoration, this excellent 4-owner car was thoroughly inspected and is now offered with a valuation report at €162,000. Still equipped with its original Le Mans headlamps, steering wheel and 100M badge, this incredibly original car with rust-free bodywork represents a rare opportunity.
Finished in the wonderful Austin Healey 100S colours of Obelia blue over Ivory, Dennis Welch aluminium cylinder-head and fully rebuilt factory M engine, fitted by the factory in 1956 along with the remainder of the Le Mans M-Kit.