|2.6 - 4 100|
|Left Hand Drive|
|29 November 1955|
|1956||Old English White|
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Record Creation: Entered on 19 January 2013.
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2013-01-19 12:18:13 | pauls writes:
Car was at auction 1/13
1956 Austin-Healey 100M
CHASSIS NO. BN2/L/229821
ENGINE NO. 1B229821
*Please note that this car is titled as a 1956.
$150,000 - $180,000
Rare Factory-Installed Le Mans Modifications
Body-Off Restoration Completed in 2012
Certified by the 100M Registry
Matching-Numbers Certification by the BMIHT
FIVA Inspected and Approved
Just Three Owners over 45 Years
2,660 CC OHV Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
Two SU HS6 Carburetors
110 BHP at 4,500 RPM
4-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Drum Brakes
Independent Front Suspension with Coil Springs
Live Rear Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
This early Austin-Healey bears a number of benchmarks of quality, including a factory-equipped Le Mans kit, certificate of authenticity from the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust, a recently completed body-off restoration, and merely three owners over the course of the last 45 years. Presented with a beautiful refinish in its original colors of Old English White over a red interior, the rare presence of FIVA paperwork prepares this 100M for vintage rallying around the world.
According to a trace certificate issued by the BMIHT, this BN2 completed assembly on November 29, 1955, and was dispatched to the US. The certificate notably states, "As this car was fitted with a louvered bonnet, we can confirm that it is a genuine factory-built Austin-Healey 100 'M'." Numerous BN1 and BN2 examples were later upgraded to Le Mans specifications, making this factory-equipped 100M a rarer and more desirable collectible. Many Austin-Healey enthusiasts believe that only 250 such cars remain.
It is likely that this 100M was originally retailed somewhere in the American Southwest, and in 1967, the Austin-Healey was offered for sale at a dealership in Provo, Utah. Purchased by a young racing mechanic named Duane Forsythe, the car then displayed approximately 12,000 miles. After little more than a year of street use, Mr. Forsythe noticed that the engine was developing inadequate compression, and he removed the motor with the intention of conducting a complete rebuild in his personal shop. Local race car driver Mike Carter took notice of the disassembled Austin-Healey and inquired about a sale. Unwilling to part with the car at the time, Mr. Forsythe finally sold the car to him 33 years later, and Carter commenced a body-off restoration that included refurbishment of the frame, suspension, engine, body, and paint. Unable to finish the project, he sold the 100M in 2009 to the consignor, who owns a well-respected restoration shop in Denver, Colorado. The new owner then completed the restoration, which he meticulously photo-documented in an album that is included with the car.
Inspected and certified by FIVA in December 2011, this striking factory-equipped 100M is a noteworthy example, displaying just under 13,000 miles at the time of cataloguing. The well-documented car is accompanied by a tool roll, an owner's handbook, side curtains, and a tonneau, and would make the perfect candidate for concours exhibition or spirited vintage touring campaigns.