1955→1956 Austin Healey 100M
Following full-competition 100S, Austin Healey offered a upgraded road-car known as the 100M. The package mainly consisted of engine modifications which raised power from 90 to 110 bhp and exceeded the performance of the later six-cylinder models.
To achieve this modest power increase a high-lift camshaft was fitted, along with larger carburetors, higher-compression pistons, a free-flow intake manifold, a special distributor and a cold air box.
Other upgrades included larger anti-roll bars, while the louvered bonnet was retained by a Le Mans-specification leather strap.
When production ended on July 16, 1956, just 640 examples of the 100M were built. These are distinct from the Le Mans kit that was available to upgrade cars at the dealer or elsewhere.
Chassis & Sales
1955 Austin-Healey 100M BN2L/228392 - did not sell for $100,000
As confirmed by its corresponding British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate, this factory-built, left-hand drive Austin-Healey 100M was completed on September 9, 1955, just four days after production of the model commenced. It was immediately shipped to the USA, and as a BN2 model, it was equipped with a four-speed gearbox and overdrive. Other original features included a heater, a laminated windscreen and the louvered bonnet character... more
Gallery: 2010 RM Automobiles of Amelia Island Auction
1956 Austin-Healey 100M Roadster BN2L/231785 - sold for €106,400
This particular car is an excellent example, not only because it is a genuine factory-built “Le Mans,” of which only about 170 are known to have survived, but also because it has been freshly restored by a well known Healey Hundred collector. The restoration required 2,100 hours and utilised only the best available parts and many NOS pieces. It has only 150 test kms on its odometer and is in as-new condition, complete with “Le Mans 24” headlam... more
Gallery: 2010 RM Auctions Sporting Classics of Monaco
1956 Austin-Healey 100M 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 Factory 100M "Le Mans" Roadster 232949 - sold for $143,000
A beautiful left hand drive, two-seat roadster, chassis 232949 was built on June 6th, 1956 and was exported to North America where it is believed to have raced in the New York SCCA region. It was then purchased by the previous owner who drove it in the ’60s and then stored it for 30 years before undertaking an $85,000 frame-off restoration that was completed in 2002. This handsome roadster sports a four-speed manual transmission with overdrive... more
Gallery: 2011 Amelia Island Auction by RM Auctions
1956 Austin-Healey 100M "Le Mans" Roadster BN2L232348 - sold for $192,500
A documented, factory-built 100M with alloy body. One of 640 built and approximately 260 known to exist today. Fresh, complete restoration by specialists Tom and Randee Rocke, of Healey Lane. Matching-numbers engine; listed in 100M Registry; BMIHT certificate.
Gallery: Monterey 2012 by RM Auctions
1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2/L/229821 - sold for $154,000
Rare Factory-Installed Le Mans Modifications. Body-Off Restoration Completed in 2012. Certified by the 100M Registry. Matching-Numbers Certification by the BMIHT. FIVA Inspected and Approved. Just Three Owners over 45 Years. Low-Mileage Example.
Gallery: The 2013 Scottsdale Auctions by Gooding & Company
1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 'Factory' Le Mans BN2-L/231849 - sold for $198,000
A genuine factory-built 100M Le Mans Competition Roadster. Verified as matching numbers, with 100M Le Mans Registry and BMIHT certificates. Freshly restored by Tom and Randee Rocke of Healey Lane.
Gallery: 2013 Monterey Auction by RM Auctions