29th Nov, 2023 13:00

Pavilion Gardens | Buxton, Derbyshire

 
  Lot 40
 

1955 Austin-Healey 100
No Reserve

Sold for £2,475

(including buyers premium)


Lot details

Registration No: Unregistered
Chassis No:
BN2- L/228891
MOT:
Exempt

  • LHD export example and in current family ownership since 1992
  • Offered with heritage certificate and import paperwork
  • 2660cc engine, gearbox with overdrive and back axle included
  • An interesting and rewarding project

Dominating the 1952 Earl's Court Motor Show, the 'Healey Hundred' drew crowds like a magnet. Penned by Gerry Coker, its low-slung stance, swooping lines and fold flat 'racing' windscreen screamed sports car. Conscious that there was a gap in the export market between Jaguar's XK range and the MG T-series, BMC supremo, Leonard Lord immediately propositioned Donald Healey as to a joint venture. A facsimile of the show car, the resultant Austin-Healey 100 sat atop a rigid box-section chassis equipped with independent coil-sprung front suspension, a 'live' rear axle and all-round drum brakes. Powered by the Austin A90 Atlantic 2660cc engine developing some 90bhp and 144lbft of torque, it offered strong acceleration and a 110mph top speed. As part of his tireless publicity campaign to promote the newcomer, Donald Healey entered a team of four pre-production cars for the 1953 Le Mans 24-hour race. Running with standard windscreens, interiors and even bumpers, two of this mildly tweaked quartet survived to finish 12th and 14th overall (an amazing result for such a comparatively inexpensive model in near stock condition).

Built on 12th October 1955 and ordered for export to the left-hand drive USA market, the original colour was Spruce Green with Green trim with a heater and a laminated windscreen. Coming from a deceased estate, the car was purchased from Texas at the same time as another Austin-Healey, and then brought over to the UK in 1992. The car, as it stands today, consists of a body with some corrosion and no interior, along with a 2660cc engine block with various engine internals and ancillaries removed, the camshaft, transmission bell-housing and gearbox with overdrive, back axle, wheel hubs and various body trim items. An interesting and rewarding project offered with heritage certificate and import paperwork.

For more information, please contact:
James McWilliam
james.mcwilliam@handh.co.uk
07943 584760

 

Auction: Pavilion Gardens | Buxton, Derbyshire, 29th Nov, 2023

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