5 February 2014

Lot 7

1957 Austin-Healey 100-6 BN4

  • Chassis no. BN4-LO/36204
  • Engine no. 1C/36204
  • Body no. 3625/2166

Sold for €36.400

To be auctioned on Wednesday, February 5, 2014

102 bhp, 2,639 cc inline six-cylinder engine with twin SU carburettors, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs and wishbones, rear semi-elliptic leaf-spring suspension, and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2,337 mm

  • Recently restored
  • Accompanied by a British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate
  • The epitome of a British sports car
  • Eligible for the Mille Miglia

The 100-6 BN4, which was introduced to replace the Austin-Healey 100, was instantly recognisable to the public as an Austin-Healey, but it introduced several compelling improvements. Chief amongst these improvements would be its six-cylinder engine. Additional improvements included two small rear seats being added, a fixed windshield, and a wider radiator grille that was mounted in a slightly lower location compared to its predecessor. Where the 100 was clearly a sports car through and through, the 100-6 was clearly intended with added comfort for longer drives in mind, but it still retained the 100’s sporting character.

As documented by its British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate, this 1957 100-6 BN4 Roadster was built on 1 March 1957, and it was delivered new, with wire wheels, a laminated windscreen, a heater, and overdrive, to an Austin-Healey dealership in New York City. The car remained in the United States for its whole life, until it was recently purchased by an individual residing in the United Kingdom.

As the car was not in operational condition when it was purchased by its current owner, Classic World Racing Ltd. in Redditch was commissioned to undertake a full restoration to bring this Austin-Healey back to its former glory. Considering its recent restoration, this Healey will surely be enjoyed for its wonderful driving dynamics wherever it goes, and it would be ideal for the enthusiast looking to enjoy the pleasures of open-air motoring with more than just one passenger.

Moteur six-cylindres en ligne, 2 639 cm3, 102 ch, deux carburateurs SU, boîte manuelle quatre rapports, roues avant indépendantes avec triangles et ressorts hélicoïdaux, pont arrière rigide avec ressorts semi-elliptiques à lames, freins à tambours sur les quatre roues. Empattement: 2 337 mm.

  • Restaurée récemment
  • Accompagnée d'un certificat du British Motor Industry Heritage Trust
  • La quintessence de la voiture de sport britannique
  • Eligible aux Mille Miglia

Présentée pour remplacer l'Austin-Healey 100, la 100-6 BN4 était pour le public parfaitement identifiable comme une Austin-Healey, mais elle comportait plusieurs améliorations significatives, dont la plus importante était un moteur six-cylindres. Par ailleurs, la voiture gagnait deux petits sièges arrière, un pare-brise fixe et une calandre plus large placée légèrement plus bas que sur sa devancière. Alors que la 100 était clairement une sportive pure et dure, la 100-6 était conçue pour offrir plus de confort et rendre les longs voyages plus faciles, tout en conservant la personnalité sportive de la 100.

Comme l'indique le certificat délivré par le British Motor Industry Heritage Trust, ce roadster 100-6 BN4 de 1957 est sorti d'usine le 1er mars 1957 et a été livré neuf à un distributeur Austin-Healey de New York, équipé de roues à rayons, d'un pare-brise en verre feuilleté, d'un chauffage et d'un overdrive. La voiture est restée aux États-Unis pendant toute sa carrière, avant d'être récemment achetée par un amateur résidant en Grande-Bretagne.

La voiture n'étant pas en état de fonctionner lors de son acquisition par son propriétaire actuel, elle était confiée à Classic World Racing Ltd., à Redditch, pour une restauration complète, de façon à ce qu'elle retrouve l'état de sa gloire passée. Compte tenu de sa restauration, cette Austin-Healey procurera à son utilisateur le plaisir de ses merveilleuses qualités routières, quelle que soit sa destination. Il s'agit d'une voiture idéale pour un passionné cherchant à profiter des plaisirs de la conduite découverte, en compagnie de plus d'un seul passager.


Please note that this Austin-Healey is thought to be a low mileage example and has recently been restored by Classic World Racing Ltd. Please also note that the estimate in the catalogue was printed incorrectly and should read €40,000 - €50,000.

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