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•  Fitted with Le Mans kit, registered with the Le Mans Registry during residence in the Matthews Collection

•  Accompanied by British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate

description

The Austin-Healey 100 BN1 is as classic a British sports car as they come. Launched at the 1952 Earl’s Court Motor Show, the original 100-4 was equipped with the Austin A90 2,660-cc engine and three-speed gearbox.

By the time the BN2 series of 100Ms were being produced, the model was becoming well known for its ability at circuit rallying and racing. Hence the production of the Le Mans specification, which increased power output to a maximum 110 bhp. Also offered was a post-production Le Mans kit, which is seen on the car offered here. The kits included bigger carburettors and modified the distributer, valves and added a front anti-roll bar. Originally delivered in LHD North American specification, this 100M was found in the Matthews Collection in Denver. It was registered with the Le Mans registry, which means chassis 225762 had a minimum specification of 1.75-inch H6 S.U. carburettors, was fitted with special inlet manifolds, cold air box and air tubes, a factory style louvered hood and a Le Mans regulation strap.

Found by the previous owner in the Matthews Collection on an outing with a friend, he fell in love and bought the 100-4 immediately. After touring the car around the Rocky Mountains and enjoying it for several years, the owner was ready to pass the 100-4 on. It was sold to the current owner in 2007. The past decade has seen the Austin-Healey be lovingly maintained under the watchful eye of a well-known collector. Invoices detailing the most recent maintenance and service accompany the vehicle.

Known for extreme reliability and fitted with the desirable Le Mans specifications, this beautiful two-tone Austin-Healey 100-4 is sure to draw eyes wherever it next ends up.

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