1953→1956 Austin Healey 100-4
Widely considered the “original” Austin-Healey, the “Healey Hundred” BN1 and BN2 Series cars were built from 1953 to 1956. Most enthusiasts do not differentiate the two Series substantially as the only noticeable variation was the adoption of the four-speed gearbox with overdrive introduced on the BN2 models.
The big four gave the Austin-Healey 100/4 two-thirds more power than its MG TD contemporary and 120 percent more torque, all in a streamlined, lower and better balanced package that weighed no more than the MG. It is no surprise that production got underway quickly and ramped up to the rate of 100 cars per week, mostly for the important American market where they fit neatly into the gap between Triumph’s TR2 and the larger and more expensive Jaguar XK120 and XK140 models. Over 14,500 Austin-Healey 100s were built in two series from 1953-56 before the fours were succeeded by the six-cylinder 100/6 series. The 100/4s are true two-seat roadsters, 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.
Chassis & Sales
1955 Austin-Healey 100-4 BN1 - sold for $71,500
When reading the August 2010 issue of Octane magazine, one finds an extremely interesting article telling the incredible story about this exact 100-4. The story begins in late 1955, when a General Electric executive from St. Louis, Missouri, bought this car new. A hot item in post-war America, the fortunate executive would race it on weekend excursions. After a small mishap, the executive left the car at Continental Cars for some minor repairs... more
Gallery: 2010 Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auction
1955 Austin-Healey 100/4 BN2 Roaster BN2-L/228210 - sold for €48,650
According to its British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate, the wonderful 1955 Austin-Healey 100/4 offered here was completed on 29th August, 1955 as an original LHD model for North American export. Original factory-fitted equipment included a heater, a laminated windscreen and wire-spoke wheels. The car was restored in Holland and then acquired by the current owner, a dedicated Swiss collector. The car remains in excellent overall con... more
Gallery: 2010 Automobiles of London by RM Auctions
1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 "Le Mans" Roadster BN2-L/229932 - sold for €57,612
According to the BMIHT Certificate, BN2-L/229932 was completed on 30 November, 1955 and shipped to the USA on 7 January, 1956, with an Old English White finish and red upholstery. It is believed to have first been sold in California, remaining there until the prior owner acquired it in 2000. At the time, it was a running “survivor” in remarkably solid condition, having benefitted from Southern California’s favourable climate.
A full restora... more
Gallery: 2010 Automobiles of London by RM Auctions
1956 Austin-Healey 100/4 BN2 Le mans - sold for $110,000
Constructed on August 23, 1955, this desirable Austin-Healey 100/4 BN2 was originally shipped from the Healey works to Hambro Trading Inc. Shortly after, the sporting Healey was acquired by its first owner, William Weaver, an engineer from Fairchild, Georgia.
Although it is not known precisely when this Healey was converted with the famed Le Mans modification kit, it is best described today as a “dealer M.” Thanks to its many Le Mans featur... more
Gallery: 2011 Scottsdale Auction by Gooding & Company
1955 Austin-Healey 100/4 BN1 - sold for $92,400
Beautifully Presented Restoration. Upgraded to “Le Mans” Specifications. Striking Color Combination. An Ideal Entry for a Wide Variety of Driving Events. Accompanied by Books, Tools and BMI Heritage Certificate.
Gallery: 2011 Pebble Beach Auctions by Gooding & Company
1956 Austin-Healey 100/4 BN2 Le Mans - sold for $114,400
One of the Great Sports Car Designs of the 1950s. Matching-Numbers BN2 Model. Restored by Renowned Marque Expert Fourintune. Equipped with Desirable Le Mans Modification Kit and Period Accessories. Successful Show and California Mille Participant. Offered with Books, Tools, Restoration Records and BMI Heritage Trust Certificate. Ideal Candidate for Vintage Rallies and Driving Events.
Gallery: 2012 Scottsdale Auction by Gooding & Company
1954 Austin-Healey 100 BN2 Roadster 152971 - sold for $93,500
Aluminum front and rear shrouds, re-chromed original front and rear bumpers, 48-spoke chrome wire wheels with new Roadspeed 185x15 tires and a spare tire, new Moto-Lita-type steering wheel and a drop-down racing windscreen round out the impressive and usable package. Offered complete with a British Motor Industry Heritage Trust certificate and full photo-documentation, this example is simply superb and is offered by Healey Lane with a limited ... more
Gallery: Amelia Island 2012 by RM Auctions
1956 Austin-Healey 100/4 BN2 Le Mans BN2L 231762 - sold for $119,900
One of the Great Sports Car Designs of the 1950s.Equipped with Desirable Le Mans Modification Kit and Period Accessories. Successful Show Participant. Offered with Books, Tools and BMI Heritage Trust Certificate. Certified with the 100 M Le Mans Registry. Ideal Candidate for Vintage Rallies and Driving Events.
Gallery: 2012 Pebble Beach Auctions by Gooding & Company
1954 Austin-Healey 100-4 BN1 150976 - sold for $45,000
An early BN1 that was first sold in Brussels, Belgium to a military officer. Fully restored. Heritage certificate.
Gallery: 2012 Daytime Auction by Mecum
1956 Austin-Healey 100/4 BN1 Le Mans 1B220605 - sold for $82,500
Upgraded with Period-Correct Le Mans Modification Kit. Restoration Completed During the Late 1990s. Tended by the Same Restorer for 15 Years. Classic English Sports Car Livery
One of the Most Desirable Big Healeys.
Gallery: The 2013 Scottsdale Auctions by Gooding & Company