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.
This Right-hand drive BN2 ‘100M’ is believed to have been LeMans spec’d early on in its life and has all of the correct specifications with upgraded SU carbs rather than the H6 purley’s, the rea son for the upgraded SU’s was for reliability and ease of road use. Presented in two tone Healey blue and white, the Healey was re-imported back to the UK in the 1990’s, appeared on ‘the car’s the star’ documentary with Roger Menadue, Healey’s lead road tester and has recently been awarded 2nd place in the 2016 Austin Healey Club National Concours d’Elegance. Recently fully serviced and Mot’d the vendor describes the car to be in great mechanical working order and ready to use this summer.