Considered as the original Austin-Healey, the 100 BN1s and BN2s were built from 1953 to 1956. Equipped with a four-cylinder engine, the 100 BN1 series cars featured a production run exceeding 10,000 units, while only about 4,500 of the later BN2 series cars were produced. Most enthusiasts do not differentiate the two series substantially, as the only noticeable variation on the BN2 was the adoption of a four-speed/overdrive gearbox in lieu of the three-speed/overdrive on the earlier cars.
Fitted with highly sporting coachwork, Austin-Healeys were and still are extremely attractive. With their sleek folding windshields, these roadsters had the look of great touring cars, which consequently they were by almost every definition. Spartan interiors created a racy atmosphere in the cockpit and the engine, though a modest four-cylinder, provided ample power that few complained about.
The big four gave the Austin-Healey 100/4 two-thirds more power than its MG-TD contemporary and 120% more torque, all in a streamlined, lower and better balanced package that weighed no more than the MG. It is no surprise that production got underway quickly and ramped up to the rate of 100 cars per week, mostly for the important American market where they fit neatly into the price gap between Triumph’s TR2 and the larger and more expensive XK 120 and XK 140.
The 100/4s are true two-seat roadsters, with a purity of line and sense of purpose that makes them cherished motorcars today.
Finished in its original color combination of Carmine Red with black interior, the Austin
-Healey pictured here is a very correct example that recently underwent a comprehensive restoration by Brian Moore and is in excellent restored condition. It has been used sparingly and on a recent road test the Healey performed proficiently with all major components working well. An original left-hand drive car, it has been under the care of its 100/4-enthusiast owner for more than 10 years. With its very fresh restoration and proper ownership, this Healey is a great two-seat sports car suitable for anyone who enjoys a proper driving experience based on solid engineering principles and execution.