After a really gruelling road test, I can say that this new sports model is ideal for Continental touring. It also stood up to lap after lap of the Nürburgring at racing speeds, without complaint, and that must be equivalent to a vast mileage under more humane conditions. Finally, it has the kind of appearance that will make many prospective purchasers reach for their check books.’ – John Bolster on the Austin-Healey 100/6, Autosport, 12th October 1956.
Introduced for 1956, the 100/6 represented the most radical step forward in the Big Healey’s development. Despite its initial success, sales of the original Austin-Healey 100 had begun to decline by the mid-1950s and so the model was revamped as the ‘100/6′, BMC’s 2.6-liter C-series six replacing the original four-cylinder Austin Atlantic engine. At the same time the wheelbase was lengthened from 7′ 6 to 7’ 8, which enabled the inclusion of two occasional seats in the rear of the BN4 variant. In 100-6 tune, the pushrod six produced 102bhp – 12bhp more than its predecessor – though the inevitable weight gain meant that there was little if any improvement in performance, the car’s top speed remaining at 103mph or thereabouts. Although stylistically very similar to the preceding 100, the 100/6 was nevertheless easily distinguishable by its ‘crinkle’ radiator grille and bonnet-top air intake. In 1957 an improved six-port engine became available, and this 117bhp unit was fitted to all the newly introduced BN6 two-seater roadsters. Top speed improved to 111mph and 1.7 seconds was cut from the 0-60mph time.
This very handsome car is an original US delivered Two Seater Austin-Healey 100/6. As verified by its British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate the car was delivered new through a New York agency. It was originally supplied as you see it here today, in the definitively classic colour combination of Healey Blue over Ivory White with blue trim and top.
Now offered for sale it is this custodian who is responsible for the beautiful condition in which it is found today, beautifully restored and a ‘well sorted’ car. Well-documented and recorded in photographs, the exacting work returned the Healey to its original two tone colour, and refinished the car just as it would have emerged from the factory, only almost certainly to a higher quality finish. Overall, an accurately restored example of the model in archetypal Healey livery.