*1954 Austin Healey 100 BN1*
- Chassis no. BN1-L/157169
- Engine no. 1B213876M
- 2,660cc OHV Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
- 2 SU Carburetors
- 90bhp at 4,000rpm
- 3-Speed Manual Transmission with Overdrive
- Front Independent Suspension - Live Rear Axle
- 4-Wheel Drum Brakes
*Exceptional restoration by Richard Jenkins
*Finished in its factory delivered livery of Spruce Green over Green
*Matching numbers example, eligible for the finest Concours or rallies
*Factory delivered with larger 1 ¾” SU Carburetors
*Offered with Heritage Trust Certificate
Completed at the Austin-Healey works in June 1954, this left-hand-drive 100 was finished as seen today, sporting a Spruce Green exterior over a green interior and top. Specified for the North American market, the Roadster was fitted with miles-per-hour and Fahrenheit gauges. Furthermore, the records from British Motor Industry Heritage Trust indicate factory-delivery with larger, 1 ¾ inch SU carburetors, allowing the torquey four-cylinder to breathe more freely.
The car was delivered to the Austin Motor Company of America, from where the new 100 went to its first owner. Believed to have spent most of its life in dry climates, the Healey was owned by Reno, Nevada resident Mr. Byers in the early 1980s, before being sold to a Tahoe Vista, California resident, Mr. Caron, in 1982. Later, the aging Healey was taken off the road, and stored until purchased by a Colorado resident, who would later sell the car onto the consignor.
A complete car, still intact with its original chassis, engine and body tags, and with its original engine and transmission in place, the Healey was a perfect candidate for a thorough restoration. The man for the job was Richard Jenkins, a noted southern Californian restorer with renowned expertise in British cars, having trained at Jaguar Cars, Ltd when E-Types were new cars.
The Concours-quality restoration undertaken by Mr. Jenkins included an engine rebuild with new high compression pistons, bearings, oil pump and timing chain, and refurbishment of all ancillaries. The transmission, suspension and brake system also were restored to factory correct standards. The original body and chassis was carefully stripped and prepared before being repainted and reupholstered. Bright work was finished by Sherms plating, and a new wiring harness was installed. The original Dunlop wire wheels were restored to the correct silver, and mounted with period-correct Dunlop RS5 tires. An exceptional restoration through and through, this is arguably one of the best presented Healey 100's available anywhere, and would be a welcome contestant at most Concours, or a great companion on rallies such as the California Mille. One could easily install a 4-speed transmission from a later BN2, but with overdrive on 2nd and 3rd, many Healey enthusiasts are just as happy with the early three-speed box. Offered with its Heritage Trust Certificate.