1958 Austin-Healey 100-6SOLD

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Exterior Color: Blue w white coves
Interior Color: blue
Doors: 0

Austin-Healey was established in the early 1950s when Donald Healey, a builder of expensive, high quality sporting cars, teamed up with Austin to produce a mass-market sports car. Up to that point, cars such as the Healey Silverstone and Elliott were built in very limited numbers, powered by Riley engines and catered to a select group of discerning motoring enthusiasts. But as supplies of the Riley engine dwindled, Donald Healey went in search of a new partner; one that could far exceed his previous production numbers. In a bold move, a prototype was built on Austin A90 mechanicals and shown at the London Motor Show in 1952. Healey’s main goal was to impress the top brass at Austin enough to land a partnership. Luckily, his gamble paid off and a deal was struck to assemble the new Healey 100 (named so for its projected top speed) at the famed Longbridge assembly plant alongside the Austin A90. Interestingly, bodies for the newly named Austin-Healey were built by Jensen and supplied painted and trimmed, ready for drivetrain and final assembly. By the time it reached production, the Healey Hundred had been renamed Austin-Healey 100-4, and sales took off, particularly in the critical American market. Donald Healey was a savvy promoter, which undoubtedly helped it become one of the most desirable sports cars of the era. Healey also listened to his customers, and of course, they wanted more power. So a new car was developed with a 102 horsepower, 2.6 liter inline six, also borrowed directly from the Austin parts bin. The new 100-6 featured revised styling and rode on a longer, 92-inch wheelbase. The new car was all around a bit more mature than the rough-and-ready 100-4, and had even gained a pair of occasional rear seats. Thankfully, performance was still strong, with 100 mph capability and a predictable chassis. The early 100-6 is still very much sought after for its blend of gutsy performance and elegant looks in a classically British package. This 1958 100-6 is a nice, tidy driver’s car in very good overall condition. It is a BN4, four-seater with twin S.U. carbs. It is finished in classic Healey blue with white body sides and a dark blue interior piped in white and sits proudly on a set of knock-off wire wheels, correctly painted silver and wrapped in blackwall radial tires. A good quality, hobby level restoration has been performed, making it an excellent choice for a club-level enthusiast to use on weekend tours or rallies. Chrome trim is good and largely original, with the addition of a badge bar and a pair of nice chrome driving lights that add a bit of sporty functionality. The interior has been restored though it is showing a bit of wear since it was done. However, it is still quite inviting and attractive with good instruments, and upholstery that is free of rips or tears. The 2.6 liter inline-six runs strong and looks great, finished correctly in Austin light green with dual SU carbs. It appears nicely detailed and in largely stock condition, with correct finishes and fittings used throughout. The engine is mated to a four-speed manual with desirable electric overdrive, another great feature for long runs. This is a tidy and sorted 100-6 that is simply a very usable car, well suited to the hobbyist wanting to enjoy a weekend blast through the countryside or a more serious club member looking to do some longer distance rallies. Whatever the goal, this “Big Healey” will be a great partner.

Reference Number 365691

as of 11/21/2015

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Car 1958 Austin-Healey 100-6
VIN BN4LS47854 
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