Austin-Healey 100-6 Roadster
Following on the heels of the tremendously successful Austin-Healey 100-Four, the 100-Six addressed a number of concerns yet still remained unmistakably true to the Healey breed. A wider oval-shaped grille, a then-fashionable and functional hood-scoop and a thoroughly revised interior gave the 100-series a visual upgrade, while a stretched wheelbase, an optional overdrive fourth gear and a modified BMC C-Series inline six-cylinder engine helped boost performance.
Early models developed 102-horsepower, while later cars built towards the end of production, which culminated in 1960, developed a healthier 117-horsepower, which helped overcome the weight increase. Despite the additional emphasis on touring comfort – notable by the new availability of a pair of “occasional” jump seats in the BN4 2+2 models – the 100-Six was still ideal for, in the words of period advertising, “either in competition or just for a family holiday spin.”
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August 2009 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.
117 bhp, 2,639 cc inline six-cylinder engine, dual SU carburetors, four-speed manual gearbox with overdrive, independent front suspension with coil springs and anti-roll torsion bar, rigid rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs and anti-sway track bar, and Girling hydraulic front disc, rear drum brakes. Wheelbase: 92".
Source: RM Auctions