Lot 210

The Petersen Automotive Museum Auction

1956 Austin-Healey 100 M 'Dealer Le Mans'


$81,200 USD | Sold

United States Flag | Los Angeles, California



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  • Beautifully presented example; matching-numbers engine
  • Fitted with ‘Le Mans’ Modification Kit
  • Accompanied by British Motor Industry Heritage Trust (BMIHT) Certificate
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This 1956 Austin-Healey 100 M was completed on 27 January 1956 and finished in Reno Red with a Red interior and Black top. It featured a heater, miles-per-hour speedometer, laminated windscreen, and Duplo double vertical dip headlamps. A left-hand-drive export model, the car was sold through Gilta Rabat S.A., of Morocco. The car has since been refinished to its current color combination of English White over black with white seats. It rides on painted knock-off wire wheels with Dunlop Road Speed RS5 tires. Exterior features on the car include a Le Mans-style vented bonnet with leather strap, fog lights with Hella covers, a raked windshield, and rear reflectors.

The car is powered by an inline four-cylinder engine featuring twin SU carburetors and a beautiful aluminum valve cover; it is paired to a four-speed manual transmission with overdrive. The plaque above the carburetors notes that the car was fitted with the ‘Le Mans’ Modification Kit, presumably by the selling dealer. The car retains its matching-numbers chassis, body, and engine, confirmed by its accompanying BMIHT Certificate.

The interior has been restored to its current combination and features a painted dashboard with Smiths instrumentation, a wood-rimmed steering wheel, black door panels and carpets, and bucket seats upholstered in white with red piping. The car is accompanied by a full-size spare, as well as a tonneau cover.