Lot 169

1957 Austin-Healey 100-6 BN4

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$81,200 USD | Sold

United States | Phoenix, Arizona

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Chassis No.
BN4-LO/37453
Body No.
3654/2773
Documents
US Title
  • The classic “Big Healey” in practical 2+2 configuration
  • 102-hp inline-six paired with a four-speed manual transmission with overdrive
  • Appealing wine exterior over a grey interior; black convertible top
  • A well-maintained older restoration completed by RM Auto Restorations in 2003
  • Rides on knock-off wire wheels and fitted with fender-mounted mirrors; accompanied by BMIHT certificate, spare wire wheel
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Introduced for 1956, the Austin-Healey 100-6 improved on the “Big Healey” formula with a longer wheelbase and—as its name suggested—a new six-cylinder engine. This 102-horsepower, 2,639-cubic-centimeter powerplant was paired with a four-speed manual transmission with overdrive. As shown by this 1957 example, the 100-6 was also offered in 2+2 configuration; the BN4, as it was known, added rear seats that made drives with friends (or at the very least, children) feasible. Yet this larger and more powerful model still retained the classic sports car spirit that made its immediate predecessor, the four-cylinder Austin-Healey 100, a success on both sides of the Atlantic.

According to the accompanying British Motor Industries Heritage Trust certificate, this 100-6 BN4 was completed on 28 March 1957. A US-specification car, it was fitted with wire wheels, overdrive transmission, a laminated windscreen, heater, a mph speedometer, and US-market headlamps; it was originally finished in Healy Blue and Ivory White over a blue interior with matching blue convertible top.

Much of this Austin-Healey’s early life remains unknown at the present, but around the turn of the millennium, it enjoyed a comprehensive overhaul completed by RM Auto Restorations. Completed in 2003, it saw the 100-6’s exterior refinished in a lovely wine color, which pairs very nicely with the grey interior upholstery with dark red carpeting. All four seats are trimmed with wine piping, a thoughtful and eye-catching detail. A black convertible top, fender-mounted mirrors, and knock-off wire wheels completes the exterior.

The car has been carefully maintained in the intervening years and remains highly presentable today—including its tidy engine compartment and well-detailed undercarriage. Offered with a BMIHT certificate and accompanied by a trunk-stowed spare wire wheel, this charming 1957 100-6 BN4 offers its next owner the opportunity to discover the joys of classic motoring, British-style.