1953→1955 Austin Healey 100 BN1
The original Austin Healey was the 100 produced in 1953 as a sporting alternative to the Austin A90 Atlantic which shared some components. It was named after its ability to reach 100 mph.
When the Austin Motor Company Limited went into regular production of the Big Healey, its large 2.6-liter engine ranked it above the MG TD and Triumph TR2, but below the larger and more expensive Jaguars and Aston Martins of the period.
Austin described the car as an open two-seater with individual bucket seats with an enclosed rear luggage space. Full weather protection was provided by a folding fabric top and detachable perspex side-screens. A unique feature of the 100 was it's folding front window which made for a very sleek profile.
After producing the 100 for nearly 2 years, the BN1-series cars were replaced by the BN2-series cars. The main addition was a four-speed manual transmission with overdrive.
Chassis & Sales
1955 Austin-Healey 100 BN1L/227462 - 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 Le Mans BN1L/225762 - 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
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
1954 Austin-Healey 100 BN1-L/157169 - sold for $101,200
Exceptional restoration by Richard Jenkins. Finished in its factory delivered livery of Spruce Green over Green. Matching numbers example, eligible for the finest Concours or rallies. Factory delivered with larger 1 ¾" SU Carburetors. Offered with Heritage Trust Certificate.
Gallery: 2013 Quail Lodge Auction by Bonhams