Austin-Healey 100 BN2 Le Mans Roadster
The Austin-Healey, as no other car, capitalized on the success of British sports cars in America. The prewar-designed MG TD may have started it, and the postwar Jaguar XK 120 proved its considerable financial rewards, but it was Donald Healey and Leonard Lord of Austin Motors who realized, and exploited, its commercial opportunities.
Considered the original Austin-Healeys, the 100 BN1 and BN2 Series cars were built from 1953 to 1956, and equipped with a four-cylinder engine. Although more BN1 cars were built (more than 10,000), collectors today prefer the BN2 series, as they are rarer (about 4,500 cars) and fitted with a four-speed transmission with overdrive.
Part of the RM Auctions event in Florida in March, 2009; in London in October, 2010 and in Arizona in January, 2013.
110bhp, 2,660 cc, inline four cylinder, four-speed manual gearbox with overdrive, independent front with rear semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic brakes. Wheelbase: 90".
Source: RM Auctions
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