- Chassis BN2L-228154
- Beautifully upgraded to M specifications
- No expenses spared, fully documented restoration
- An ideal entrant to multiple historic events
The Austin Healey 100/4 BN2 Roadster
Following the Austin-Healey 100’s sensational debut at the 1952 Motor Show, the works had entered two mildly modified cars in the 1953 Le Mans 24-Hour Race, which finishing in 12th and 14th places, a highly praiseworthy achievement for what were recognisably production sports cars. Accordingly, the name ‘Le Mans’ was chosen for a bolt-on tuning kit offered through Austin-Healey dealers, by means of which private owners could bring their cars up to a specification approaching that of the works entries. From October 1955 the conversion was available factory-fitted on the successor BN2 model in the form of the 100M. In addition to the Le Mans kit, the latter boasted high-compression pistons, stiffer front anti-roll bar, special Armstrong front dampers, and a louvred bonnet. Power increased to 110bhp and top speed, with windscreen folded flat, to within a whisker of 120mph. The number of BN1s converted by their owners is unknown, but 1,159 cars, mostly BN2s, were built or subsequently modified to 100M specification between 1955 and 1956. Of these, approximately 640 were completed at the factory, some 544 of which were exported to the USA. It is estimated that around 200 survive.
Chassis BN2L-228154. This American supplied example (June 2016) is finished in red with black trim with red piping and was purchased by the actual owner in April 2004 by the actual owner as a standard 100 BN2 Roadster. Between 2011 and 2014 it was decided to take the car for a complete bare metal respray and at the same time upgrade it to 100M specifications which included a full aluminum bodywork by Carrosserie Lecoq. Mechanically the engine has received an aluminum head with M type camshaft, forged pistons, lightened steering engine. New pinions were installed in the transmission as well as an overdrive. The clutch is new and the electricity entirely redone. An electronic ignition system was also installed in order to allow better reliability. The fuel tank is now all aluminum as well as the radiator. A larger strut bar such as on the M cars now replaces the standard one. The steering wheel is a wooden Sebring example and the front brakes are Cooper. Overall this is a very desirable example which has received a no expenses spared restoration with full M upgrades and would be an ideal entrant for many historic events across Europe.