1958 Austin-Healey 100-Six

It was with an Austin-Healey 100-Six in basic production trim that Tommy Wisdom and Cecil Winby won their class in the 1957 Mille Miglia, while three factory entered 100-Sixes went on to take the Manufacturers’ Team Prize at the 1958 Sebring 12 Hour race. The same year saw the first factory rally team of 100-Sixes show real potential, including Pat Moss, sister of Stirling, taking her first Coupe de Dames for a penalty-free run. Shortly afterwards, the first lady of rallying took a magnificent fourth overall and another Coupe des Dames on the grueling Liege-Rome-Liege Marathon, as well as winning both the Unlimited Class GT and Touring Class categories; the Healey team also won the Manufacturers’ Team Prize. The 100-Six’s final works victory was on the 1959 Tulip Rally-by which time the engine had been modified to produce 160 bhp-where Jack Sears and Peter Gamier won the GT category beating Aston Martin, Ferrari and Mercedes-Benz.

This example, which was originally supplied to the U.S. market with left-hand drive configuration in 1959, has benefited from an extensive restoration. The engine was rebuilt in December of 1997, at which time the car was converted to run on unleaded gasoline and new fuel lines were incorporated. The gearbox and carburetors were rebuilt in July of this year and the car is described as being in excellent condition both inside and out. Finished in Healey blue, with a dark blue interior and top, and sitting on new 72-spoke chrome wire wheels, the car shown here is complete with a tonneau cover and side screens.