Wed, 13th Apr 2005 0:00

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Lot 12 - 1957 Austin-Healey 100

1957 Austin-Healey 100

Sold for £15,750

(including buyers premium)

Lot details
Registration No: TYU 550
Chassis No: BN4530688
Mot Expiry: March 2006

To create the Austin-Healey 100/6 in 1956, BMC uprated the 4-cylinder with the 2.6-litre BMC C Series engine and the wheelbase was lengthened by 2ins to provide 2+2 accommodation, though a strictly two-seater version was also available.
The unstressed big six would motor on and on and on, too, and do so without complaint, making the 100/6 and later 3000s a very practical proposition as an everyday driver in period as well as a user-friendly classic today in the twenty-first century. Thanks to the competition successes achieved by the Donald Healey Motor Company of Warwick, private entrants really took to the Big Healey and, indeed, have been doing so in historic racing and rallying ever since.
According to the vendor, this 1957-built and claimed to be original right-hand drive 100/6 in red over cream with black leather interior and wire wheels has had just two owners from new and is an excellent example of the model. It has been restored to a high standard, he says, though not overly so, so that it remains a very useable sportscar.
Claimed to be mechanically perfect with 2600cc six reportedly in excellent order and with four-speed mechanical gearbox (also very good) having the benefit of an overdrive which results in much more relaxed motorway cruising. The electrical equipment is also said to be in excellent condition. The 971 miles displayed on the odometer when entered for this sale is almost certainly the total mileage driven since restoration. The MOT has been freshly passed and therefore the current certificate will be valid until March of next year.

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