Austin-Healey 100/4 BN1
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.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2010 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.
2,660 cc inline four-cylinder engine, BN2 four-speed gearbox, independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs and anti-sway bar, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 90"
Source: RM Auctions
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