1956 Austin Healey BN2/100M
1952 was the year that the Austin Healey 100 made its debut at the famous Motor Show and by 1953 the works had entered two modified cars into the 1953 Le Mans 24-Hour. Both cars finished the famous gruelling race placing 12th & 14th which was an incredible feat for production sports cars of the era. After the achievement at Le Mans, the works team created a bolt-on tuning kit which could be purchased through Austin-Healey dealers; the kit was aptly, yet simply, named ‘Le Mans’. The new tuning kit included two 1¾” SU HD6 Carburettors, a special inlet manifold and cold air box, a high-lift camshaft, stronger valve springs and a distributor with alternative ignition advance curve. This new kit would bump power from the standard 90bhp to 100bhp. By October 1955 the new kit was available, factory-fitted on the new BN2 model, this model would be dubbed the 100M. In addition to the Le Mans kit, the 100M would receive further modifications such as: a louvered bonnet, a stiffer front anti-roll bar, special Armstrong front dampers and high-compression pistons. The power would increase to 110bhp and could reach a top speed just shy of 120mph. The BN2 cars were built or factory converted from 1955 – 1956, with only 640 made, 544 of these were exported to the US.
On offer, is a wonderful example of a Post Production LHD 100M, built on April 9th, 1956. Finished in a striking and uncommon black & red colour combination, the interior trim is finished with black leather with red accents. Currently sitting on 15” chrome wire wheels fitted with Vredestein Sprint Classics to ensure the best grip on a spirited drive. Cherished by its current owner for over 20 years with no expense spared on maintenance and preservation of originality. Included in the healthy history file is the ‘100M Le Mans Registry Certificate of Membership’. This 100M remains in remarkable condition and has been enjoyed on the roads of the US and UK during its current ownership and will continue give its next owner unprecedented enjoyment for years to come. On the button and ready to tackle the twisty roads of the UK or Europe.
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- Price £ £70,000