£30,000

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Highlights

  • Desirable 100/4 BN1 iteration of the Healey
  • Wonderfully presented with a charming patina
  • Just two previous owners from new
  • Genuine home market RHD example


The Appeal

Low slung body lines, a drop down windscreen and a punchy 2660 cc engine nestled at the front. It was the British sports car industry at its peak. Built to conquer the likes of Jaguar and Triumph at the time, the Austin Healey was introduced to great praise and quickly rose the ranks to become a true legend of the era.
With a short build period spanning from 1953 to just 1955, the BN1 Healey is certainly a rare thing, and love for the esteemed model has, if anything, grown throughout the years. Today, the first iteration of the legendary model is incredibly sought after amongst collectors and this alluring green example will surely make a welcome addition to any collection.
In great overall condition it comes to market in very usable form, exhibiting a wonderful well earned patina that would work well preserved in its current state, or work as a great base to become a true show piece with some light work.



The History and Paperwork

  • First registered 01/10/1955
  • Genuine home market RHD example
  • One of the last BN1 Healeys, built towards the end of production
  • Supplied through dealer H.A. Saunders LTD of Finchley, London
  • Just three owners from new
  • A British Motor Heritage certificate has been issued for the car
  • The current vendor informs us that the previous keepers owned the car for some 28 years
  • Accompanied by a wealth of MOT certificates dating back into the early 1990s
  • Both tax and MOT exempt due to the age and historic status of the vehicle
  • V5 registration document is present with the car




The Condition

  • Smartly presented throughout with an honest, charming patina
  • Chrome wire wheels
  • Retractable folding roof and removable window panels
  • Factory fitted with heater
Sitting proudly in its green and chrome splendour, this particular Healey comes to market in great overall condition. Whilst originally finished in Healey blue when it left the factory, the car has been subject to a colour change to the marvellous deep green we see it in today. The paint itself is in generally good order and is a wonderful compliment to the car’s sweeping body lines. From a bodywork perspective we find it proudly bearing a well earned gentle patina in places, though still exceptionally presentable and worthy of show display. Accompanying chrome fixtures and trim are in fine fettle as well and exhibit a wonderful shine.
With the approaching warmer weather on the horizon, interested parties will be glad to note that the retractable folding roof is still present and in good working order, unlatching and showing behind the seats with ease. The same can be said for the matching black removable side windows and tonneau cover which currently reside in the boot of the car.
Opening the doors we find a solid, well presented interior space. Having been retrimmed from its original factory blue colourway, deep black upholstery is now the order of the day in here, with two smartly upholstered seats with contrasting white stitching and embellishments in good clean order alongside a selection of equally presentable black trim panels and a nice, well fitting dash panel, all signs of a car well loved. Alongside a great selection of well aged gauges and switchgear, we find a quality three spoke Moto Lita steering wheel which really sets the cabin off from an aesthetic perspective.




The Mechanics

  • Glorious 2660cc four cylinder engine
  • Three speed manual transmission
  • In good running and driving order
Quite possibly one of the best sounding four cylinder engines out there, the 2660cc unit fitted to the 100/4 Healeys truly was a gem, and the example we have here is no exception. Firing into life quickly and comfortably, it settles into a suitable idle and goes on to provide a great overall driving experience. Paired to its characteristic three speed manual transmission, the car is incredibly engaging and, when behind the wheel it becomes clear to see why these cars come so highly regarded. 
From a mechanical standpoint this car seems to be a thoroughly good example, which should go on to give the new owner many more miles of enjoyment.



Summary

The Austin Healey, in any form, is a wonderful representation of a bygone era, when the British ruled the sports car manufacturing industry with a plethora of beautiful designs and impeccable engines, unrivalled in their performance and pure desirability. These Healey 100/4s are highly regarded as one of the absolute greats of the era, seen by many to be the purest and most raw iteration of the Healey.
A wonderful UK RHD example, this 1955 100/4 presents excellently, and arguably ticks all of the important boxes on the classic British sports car checklist. Standing with a charming, well earned patina, this is a brilliant car, perfectly usable in its current honest form, but one that would equally lend itself to some light TLC to become a very clean show car.

 
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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1955
  • Make Austin Healey
  • Model 100/4 BN1
  • Colour Green
  • Odometer 72,206 Miles
  • Engine size 2660
Listing Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Sawbridgeworth
  • Location Hertfordshire
  • Country United Kingdom

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