1956 Austin-Healey 100 4 BN2 “LE MANS”

99 500 EUR

1956 Austin-Healey 100 4 BN2 “LE MANS”

99 500 EUR
  • Model
    Austin-Healey 100 4 BN2 “LE MANS”
  • Year
    1956
  • Condition
    Used
  • Body Type
    Cabriolet / Roadster
  • Fuel Type
    Petrol
  • Power
    n/a
  • Mileage
    1,465 km
  • Address
    Nijverdalseweg 117 D 7461 TC Rijssen The Netherlands
  • Country
  • Published
    Oct 02, 2023
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VIN
N/A
Color
Green
Metallic
No
Engine
N/A
Engine Number
N/A
Chassis Number
N/A
Gearbox
Manual
Steering Wheel
LHD
Drive Wheels
N/A
1st Reg. Country
N/A
Doors
2/3
Interior Color
N/A
Bloemendaal Classic & Sportscars
Bloemendaal Classic & SportscarsNijverdalseweg 117 D 7461 TC Rijssen The Netherlands
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Description

Sometimes we receive the most beautiful classic cars that we have known about for years. This is also the case with this beautiful Austin Healey 100/4 BN2 built in 1956. The previous and first Dutch owner had the car brought over from the USA as a restoration project. To be more precise from Chicago Illinois. The car had a good life here because the basis for turning it into something beautiful again was perfect. The Healey was complete, a matching numbers engine (Heritage Certificate available) and a cool bodywork. We are then talking about the year 2010.

Busy with the daily work, not in a hurry, looking for parts that needed replacing, approaching the right professionals, and above all having conversations with them about how it should not be a rush job, but that it should be a perfect end result. That's where this job started. The owner, with two right hands and excellent technical knowledge, has outsourced the work for which he himself had no capabilities, such as the overhaul of the engine and gearbox, the sheet metal and the spraying, to professionals who we all happen to know because they come from the region. . “We know us,” so to speak, and then they automatically put their best foot forward and use all their knowledge and craftsmanship.

Ultimately, the restoration took more than five years and the end result is sublime. Everything has been taken care of down to the last bolt and the principle of keeping everything as original as possible has certainly been achieved. Photos and invoices are of course included. The owner thoroughly enjoyed it for a while, until his deteriorating health unfortunately forced him to look for a buyer for it. Because he didn't want any hassle, we were asked to take over the Healey. And of course we wanted that, because we can safely say that we are a fan of this English roadster, and especially of the 100/4. In our opinion, this is the most balanced Healey, based on the 4-cylinder engine with a whopping 2660 cc. contents. A long stroke engine that does not need to run many revolutions to deliver enormous torque to, as usual with the BN2 version, a smooth-shifting 4-speed gearbox with overdrive. Driving on torque and always having sufficient pulling power is a real pleasure. The engine, equipped with the much sought-after so-called "Le Mans package", delivers a reliable 111 hp and only needs to move 940 kg of car weight. Good figures in theory, but practice quickly makes it clear that it is an excellent score to be able to drive in a wonderful way. The Austin Healey “listens” well to the accelerator pedal and the driver always feels “in control” due to the excellent seating position, the excellent drum brakes and the excellent steering. a wonderfully shifting 4-speed gearbox with overdrive. Driving on torque and always having sufficient pulling power is a real pleasure. The engine, equipped with the much sought-after so-called "Le Mans package", delivers a reliable 111 hp and only needs to move 940 kg of car weight. Good figures in theory, but practice quickly makes it clear that it is an excellent score to be able to drive in a wonderful way. The Austin Healey “listens” well to the accelerator pedal and the driver always feels “in control” due to the excellent seating position, the excellent drum brakes and the excellent steering. a wonderfully shifting 4-speed gearbox with overdrive. Driving on torque and always having sufficient pulling power is a real pleasure. The engine, equipped with the much sought-after so-called "Le Mans package", delivers a reliable 111 hp and only needs to move 940 kg of car weight. Good figures in theory, but practice quickly makes it clear that it is an excellent score to be able to drive in a wonderful way. The Austin Healey “listens” well to the accelerator pedal and the driver always feels “in control” due to the excellent seating position, the excellent drum brakes and the excellent steering. The engine, equipped with the much sought-after so-called "Le Mans package", delivers a reliable 111 hp and only needs to move 940 kg of car weight. Good figures in theory, but practice quickly makes it clear that it is an excellent score to be able to drive in a wonderful way. The Austin Healey “listens” well to the accelerator pedal and the driver always feels “in control” due to the excellent seating position, the excellent drum brakes and the excellent steering. The engine, equipped with the much sought-after so-called "Le Mans package", delivers a reliable 111 hp and only needs to move 940 kg of car weight. Good figures in theory, but practice quickly makes it clear that it is an excellent score to be able to drive in a wonderful way. The Austin Healey “listens” well to the accelerator pedal and the driver always feels “in control” due to the excellent seating position, the excellent drum brakes and the excellent steering.

And then the appearance of the 100/4... In other words, how can you put such a beautiful shape on paper with a few pencil strokes. The only car with similar lines is the Jaguar C-Type. Also such an iconic car. But only 35 of them were built, so a Healey 100/4 has a better chance of ending up in your garage. Very recognizable and certainly not designed as a gimmick, but clearly made to reduce air resistance, is the option to fold down the windshield. A plus at the time, when the car was used a lot on the circuits. By the way, the flowing line of the car comes into its own even better. Just driving on the road you are a bit in the wind, but it looks great. For the real purist it is a real pleasure.

The picture should always be complete for us. In this case we had known the owner for years as one of our local entrepreneurs, during the restoration we were able to supply various parts for the car, the disassembly and assembly, selection, supervision and partly the restoration itself, was perfectly carried out by a technical technician. owner, the engine has been overhauled by a company with a lot of experience with classic engines, the gearbox and overdrive have been overhauled by the specialist in the Netherlands in this field, and sheet metal and spray work has been done at a very high level by real specialists. But the common denominator is that they are all real car people. True enthusiasts who are not only skilled, but also have a heart for classics. They are all people who enjoy keeping cars like this Healey on the road in the best possible way. Cars that come from the workshop of these types of people are always good. And an owner who has literally dedicated part of his life to giving this piece of British heritage a good future is of course of great value.

We have already taken a few rides after receiving this Austin Healey 100/4 BN2 “M” and it is a pleasure every time. Enjoy driving itself, but also looking at the car, where the very dark green British Racing Green paint forms a great combination with the Old English White and the beautiful black interior. How nice is it that a modern after-market wooden copy was not chosen, but that the original steering wheel is still mounted. Nice and big and feels great in the hand. The original, unrestored, but in excellent condition side screens are also still present. A beautiful soft top and handy tonneau cover are of course also part of the “anti-rain package”. It is worth mentioning that the car in terms of version, condition and type,

Let's not make the story too long, because we can go on and on about this Healey, which has only been driven 1456 miles. The bottom line is that if you are interested in an Austin Healey 100/4, you should definitely not miss this truly “as new” car from top to bottom. Real quality never denies itself, and this Healey has plenty of that.

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