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For Sale: 1956 Austin-Healey 100-4 in Houston, Texas


Vehicle Description

1956 Austin-Healey 100 BN2 'Le Mans'

Chassis No. BN2-L/230074
Engine No. 1B/230074
Body No. 11665

A Spectacular & Stylishly Prepared BN2
Numbers-Matching Engine per British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate
Fitted with the 'Le Mans' Modification Kit
Exceptionally Maintained Nut and Bolt Restoration
Outfitted with 100S Style Seats, Louvered Bonnet, Le Mans Fuel Filler Cap Plus More...
Final Model Year 100/4 Eligible for Prominent Worldwide Touring Events
1957 California "Pink Slip" & Registration
Near Lifelong Southern California Car
Offered with Period Style Driving Accessories

Widely considered the "original" Austin-Healey, the "Healey Hundred" Series cars were built from 1953 to 1956. The big four engine gave the Austin-Healey 100-4 two-thirds more power than its MG contemporary and 120% more torque, all in a streamlined and better balanced package, that weighed no more than the MG. Built largely for the important American market where they fit neatly between Triumph's TR2 and the larger Jaguar XKs. A true two-seat roadster, with a purity of line and sense of purpose that has made them quite sought after by enthusiasts of British sports cars, accentuated by a rakish fold-down windscreen.

This stunning example chassis BN2-L/230074 was constructed on December 15, 1955 as a LHD North American Export in Reno Red over Red upholstery with wire wheels, laminated windscreen, and heater - as confirmed by British Motor Industry Heritage Trust. The 100 is believed to have been sold new to Southern California, where it would reside until early 2016. A 1957 California "Pink Slip" and Registration Card record Paul Cote Jr. of Los Angeles as the owner, followed up with a 1958 Registration Card. California license plate number HFA638. The Healey was later owned by Mr. Desanto of Palm Desert, CA, eventually selling in 2016 to a prominent collector of St. Louis, Missouri.

This stunning BN2 was the recipient of a comprehensive restoration to an outstanding presentation. Every nut, bolt and wire were addressed and refreshed to new during the rotisserie restoration - as was the paint, tailored cabin and adornments. Today, the car remains in beautiful condition, well suited for continued show display, as well as eligible entry into nearly any significant vintage automotive rally worldwide.

The glossy paintwork, as reflected on the exterior, cabin, both bays, and undercarriage display an elegant tone of Imperial Red metallic over Tan leather wrapped 100S style seats with black piping, carpeting and surrounds. All utmost quality materials. The vehicle is not currently fitted with a top and side curtains.

The Roadster's engine bay, undercarriage and luggage compartments present just as nicely as its outward appearance. A tidy engine bay reveals the numbers-matching (1B/230074) powerplant with correct appearances - rebuild to 'Le Mans' specifications with a Denis Welch Motorsport "full race" head, proper air box and auxiliaries. A stealthy spare tire assembly stows neatly inside the trunk, along with a bespoke full-cab, half-zip tonneau cover, while not in use. To complete the ensemble, a sporty Le Mans fuel filler cap is fitted, and for the driver, period style Suixtil leather gloves and bag. In addition to the accompanying early California Registration documents, it's of note that the BN2's BMIHT Certificate was autographed by famed Austin-Healy 100 designer Gerry Coker in 2008.

A Summer 2020 scheduled service and inspection was recently performed on the Healey with outstanding results. Electric overdrive on the rebuilt BN2 4-speed is a welcomed addition during distance touring. Additionally, the 100-4 received a complete set (5) of all new 165SR15 Michelin XZX tires and Michelin tubes. A truly versatile instrument for nearly any vintage automotive event, this particular 1956 Austin-Healey 100-4 BN2 'Le Mans' offers many opportunities to its next caretaker, and now available for worldwide purchase and delivery from our Houston, Texas showroom.

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Vehicle Details

  • 1956 Austin-Healey 100-4
  • Listing ID:CC-1414571
  • Price:$92,500
  • Location:Houston, Texas
  • Year:1956
  • Make:Austin-Healey
  • Model:100-4
  • Exterior Color:MAR
  • Odometer:1370
  • Stock Number:D2101
  • VIN:BN2L230074