• Restored car with recent and moderate use
  • One of the last BN1s built
  • Upgraded with BN2 4-speed gearbox with overdrive
  • Correct factory colour scheme
  • Recently checked and lightly serviced
  • FFVE and BMIHT certificates
  • We are advised that this is a two owner car

The most

The original Austin Healey 100 was a revelation. Beautifully styled, capable of over 160 km/h and unlike anything else available on either side of the Atlantic, it was an instant success.
This 1955 BN1 is one of the last to be built, restored and finished in the correct factory colour of Carmine Red and black on black leather. It is otherwise as it left the factory mechanically, with the exception of the gearbox which is a BN2 4-speed unit with overdrive.
Professionally stored away from moisture and used sparingly since being imported to the US in 2016, it is in very good condition inside and out. The fit of the panels and attention to detail is evident from the photographs. A recent mechanical overhaul means it will be delivered to the new buyer in perfect running order, while an FFVE certificate and BMIHT are indications of excellent provenance.

History and documents

  • Factory-built in May 1955
  • Sold in the USA as an LHD car with the correct chassis number prefixed with an L
  • BMIHT certificate confirms that the current colour scheme is that of the factory
  • FFVE certificate dated August 2018
  • Reported to have been imported from the USA in 2016
  • Acquired by current owner on 12 June 2018
  • Professionally stored away from damp in France since acquisition
  • Independent inspection report dated 27 December 2018 included in file
  • Certificate of registration dated June 2021
  • The seller indicates that he is the second owner
  • Invoice dated June 2022 for 141,000 km work summarised below
  • Currently 142,000 km
  • Reported as exempt from technical inspection in France
  • We are told there is no service book
  • Chassis number BN1L225761
  • The last BN1 had chassis number 228026
  • BN2 production began in August 1955
Summary of work carried out in June 2022:
  • Gearbox and engine oil leaks addressed
  • Seals replaced for above items
  • Clutch release plate treated
  • Several seals replaced
  • Oil and filter service Fuel pump replaced
  • Alternator belt replaced


  • Correct finish in Carmine Red on black with black interior
  • Paintwork in very good condition due to moderate use since restoration
  • Bodywork also well preserved with excellent panel fit and finish
  • Factory-standard exterior with nice details such as leather bonnet straps
  • Standard car retaining its chrome bumpers which are bright and well finished
  • Chassis and suspension described by the seller as "like new" and looking good in the photos
  • Soft top and windscreen recently replaced with a cloth top finished in black
  • Painted spoke wheels in good condition with tyres having plenty of tread depth
  • Interior well preserved with black leather trimmed in red and racing harnesses fitted
  • The interior presents very well with only light wear visible on the seats
  • All gauges are reported as functional and the dashboard is to factory specification
  • Moto Lita three-spoke wooden steering wheel
  • All electrical equipment is reported as working correctly
  • A few auxiliary switches added under the dashboard but not intrusive to the design

The Mechanics

  • 2,660cc 4-cylinder engine producing 90bhp
  • Largely factory engine specification, including SU carburettors
  • Denis Welch cylinder head installed with documentation on file
  • BN2 4-speed gearbox with overdrive fitted, upgrade desirable
  • Recent attention to oil leaks from engine and gearbox
  • Other work on fuel pump, alternator belt and clutch system
  • Currently reported with no engine or gearbox leaks serviced at 141,000 km, less than 320 km ago.
  • New clutch recently fitted
  • The seller tells us that the vehicle drives well and runs without any obvious problems.

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VAT is included in the buyer's deposit. VAT may or may not be included in the final offer or tender price, as specified in the advert.
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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1955
  • Make Austin Healey
  • Model 100/4
  • Colour Red
  • Odometer 88,171 Miles
  • Engine size 2660
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Le Touquet
  • Country France
Bidding history
14 bids from 9 bidders
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  • garma12•••• €28,000 19/06/24
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  • garma12•••• €26,000 18/06/24
  • peter.m•••• €25,000 18/06/24
  • mikael-•••• €22,000 18/06/24
  • Marco M•••• €17,700 18/06/24
  • victor-•••• €17,400 18/06/24
  • Marco M•••• €15,250 18/06/24
  • t.1.aff•••• €15,000 18/06/24
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