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Lot 140

1956 Austin-Healey 100M Le Mans Roadster

Sold for $107,250

110 bhp, 2,660 cc, inline four-cylinder engine, twin SU carburetors, four-speed manual gearbox with overdrive, independent front with rear semi-elliptic leaf springs and four-wheel hydraulic brakes. Wheelbase: 90"

- Fully restored

- Complete with all correct 100M features

Donald Healey knew that there was a sizable market in the United States for an open two-seat automobile that was fast and stylish. The 100/4 Roadster was designed specifically to tap that market. The Le Mans M models were, without question, the finest evolution of the model. They offered superior performance and enough visibly recognizable modifications to instantly set themselves apart from the rest of the Healeys on the streets. Mechanical upgrades included 8:1 compression ratio pistons, a high-lift camshaft, upgraded carburetors, a freer breathing intake manifold and a modified distributor, which translated to an additional 20 horsepower and a total of 154 foot-pounds of torque. Many of the cars were regularly raced and, as a result, were often left in disrepair and in need of restoration well before their time. Ultimately, only 640 100M Le Mans cars were built by the factory itself. A much greater number were upgraded locally by the dealers as an option for their more performance-oriented clients.

This Austin-Healey is finished in black with red coves and matching wire wheels. It is complete with all correct 100M Le Mans-type features and was a remarkably straight and original vehicle before restoration. Now sporting a new red and black leather interior, the interior is in exceptional condition, as is the engine bay, with its polished surfaces and twin SU carburetors. Additionally, the Healey is complete with all the correct accessories including the spare tire and rim, tools, tonneau cover, side curtains, sleek raked fold-down windshield, Lucas PL headlamps, a louvered hood and a bonnet strap.


Please note this outstanding Austin Healey is one of the 640 genuine factory-built 100M “Le Mans” cars, as confirmed by its BMIHT and “100 M Le Mans Registry” certificates, issued in 1996 and 2002, respectively. A letter written in 2004 by a previous owner, President of the Bermuda Racing Drivers Club, details the car’s exhaustive restoration and attention to detail in every respect. To review this information, please check with the auction office.

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