Austin-Healey BN1 Roadster
The Austin-Healey capitalized on the incredible success of British sports cars in postwar America, neatly bridging the market gap between MG and Jaguar and generating badly needed export sales for England. In 1952, Donald Healey created the Hundred two-seater using an Austin A90 Atlantic engine and drive train, Healey’s own chassis and an aerodynamic body designed by Gerry Coker. When Austin’s Leonard Lord saw it at the Earl’s Court Motor Show, a deal was struck and the car quickly became known as the Austin-Healey.
The early Austin-Healeys are renowned for the strong performance of their long-stroke four-cylinder engines, which offered much more power and torque than the MG TD, wrapped in a more modern, lower and better balanced package. Production began quickly and ramped up to the rate of 100 cars per week, mostly for the important American market, where the Austin-Healey Triumph’s TR2 and the larger, more costly Jaguar XK series. The 100/4s are true two-seat roadsters, with a purity of line and a sense of purpose that makes them cherished today, with the experience enhanced by the ready availability of spares, service and the support of enthusiastic clubs and owners.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August 2009 at the Shotwell Gustafson Pavilion at Meadow Brook Hall, Rochester, Michigan.
90 bhp, 2,660 cc inline four-cylinder engine, dual SU carburetors, three-speed manual gearbox with overdrive, independent front suspension with coil springs and anti-roll torsion bar, rigid rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springand anti-sway track bar, and four-wheel Girling hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 90"
Source: RM Auctions