1956 Austin-Healey 100-4 BN2 Roadster

Courtesy of Bonhams
  • Original left-hand-drive delivery
  • Matching numbers and colors
  • No-expense-spared restoration from 2015 to ’16
  • 4-speed manual/overdrive gearbox

Left-hand-drive chassis 230671, a desirable BN2 model with 4-speed and overdrive, was completed in March 1956 for export to the United States. The car was originally finished in Healey Blue with matching interior trim and convertible top, and it left the factory equipped with the optional laminated windscreen and a heater.

In 1992 the Healey was bought by a dealer in the U.K. and subsequently sold to a Dutch enthusiast, remaining in storage until the current vendor purchased it. Today the Healey is offered fresh from a full restoration that consumed some 1,200 man hours: 450 on the body and paintwork, the remainder on the mechanicals, not counting the engine and gearbox rebuilds. The car has been restored with meticulous attention to detail, from the original steel-aluminum bodywork down to the original chrome work that has been reconditioned by hand. No expense was spared to make this car period-perfect, including the beautifully finished Mohair top.

This is a 100-4 BN2 for the real enthusiast of Big Healeys, to be welcomed at any concours in view of its condition. (While it is true that Austin-Healey called this car a 100, it is commonly called a 100-4 to differentiate it from other, similar Austin-Healey 100 variations.)

Invoices and build details are available for inspection, and a photographic record of the restoration process comes with the car, together with a British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate.

Reid Trummel

Reid Trummel - SCM Contributor

Reid is editor-publisher of Healey Marque magazine, the official publication of the Austin-Healey Club of America (www.healeyclub.org). His interest in cars began when he taught himself to drive a stick in a hand-me-down 1962 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider. Wanting more power than the Alfa’s 1300 could provide, he bought a Healey 3000 and fell down that slippery slope of affection for British cars. Currently the owner of two 1956 Healeys — a 100M and a 100 with the Le Mans Kit — his affliction also includes non-British dalliances. He is also Chairman of the Columbia Gorge Classic Rally (www.columbiagorgemgaclub.org). He makes his home in Portland, OR.

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