Fully restored to concours standards1956 Austin-Healey 100 M "Le Mans"
Chassis no. BN2L/231962
Engine no. 1B/231962-M
Body no. 5819 / 13185"They made them bigger, but they didn't make them better than the Austin-Healey 100M" - David Traver Adolphus for Hemmings Sports and exoticsThe Austin-Healey 100 M “Le Mans”:Donald Healey hit the ground running when he first showed his “Healey Hundred” at the 1952 London Motor Show, his personal iteration of the perfect sportscar. His design impressed Leonard Lord, managing director of Austin at the time and plans to take it into production soon followed. Bodies were to be built by Jensen Motors and the mechanics were Austin. The car was deemed to be called Austin-Healey 100 – a nod to the car’s ability to reach 100 mph. The first few cars were constructed at the Warwick plant but soon the Austin Healey 100’s were to be constructed at the Austin production facility in Longbridge.To promote the car’s spirited character, two works-entered mildly modified cars were entered into the 1953 24 hours of Le Mans. Both cars finished the race, in 12th and 14th place respectively – a remarkable achievement for what effectively was a production sportscar. The success did not go unnoticed, and soon customers demanded for a similar setup of the cars that raced at Le Mans. The factory responded by offering a “Le Mans modification kit” which was to be installed to customer cars by the dealerships. The kit contained of a pair of 1¾" SU HD6 carburettors, a special inlet manifold with cold air box, high-lift camshaft, firmer valve springs and a distributor with specific ignition advance curve. With the modification kit and the windscreen in “high-speed configuration”, the car could reach speeds of up to 120 mph.With the inception of the revised BN2 model, along with other notable improvements including a 4-speed gearbox, Austin-Healey offered a high-performance model from factory – the 100 M. All 100 M’s came with the “Le Mans modification kit”, however now installed by the factory itself. The 100 M’s were fitted with a louvred bonnet and leather belt, emphasizing the motorsport incentives. Engine power rose from 90 bhp to more than 100 bph at 4500 rpm.4604 BN2’s have been produced with 640 cars being the factory 100 M’s. Due to the vast usage of 100 M’s in period racing, very few genuine cars survive today. It is strongly believed 240 cars endure which are recognized as factory 100 M “Le Mans” cars - not to be confused with the common “Le Mans modification kit cars”.The car on offer here, is one.This 100 M “Le Mans”:Of the 640 factory-built 100 M’s, a mere 544 were exported to the USA just like the car on offer here, chassis 231962. It was constructed on the 20th of April 1956 and finished in utterly dainty Florida Green & White over a black interior – the specification the car is presented in today. As confirmed by the BMIHT and the 100M Le Mans registry, “231962” is a genuine, factory 100 M and was consigned with a heater, laminated windscreen, speedometer in mph and the louvred bonnet as part of the Le Mans package.“231962” stayed in the USA for the vast majority of its life, passing through the hands of Mr. Newey and F. Luteraan of Alabama. It was in 2007 that marque and model expert B. Van Tiggelen acquired the car for his personal collection, before undertaking a money-no-object restoration at his restoration shop “100 Healeys”. The car was subsequently sold to a renowned Austrian collector who possesses multiple important Healeys underwhich several 100 M’s as well as a genuine 100 S. The restoration was carried out from 2014 to 2016, and the car has covered a mere 850 miles ever-since. The car was subsequently sold to a Dutch collector, from which we are offering it today.The fastidiousness of the restoration cannot be underestimated. With utter sympathy for originality and attention to detail, the car presents in an “as new” condition today. All original components are still present with this motorcar “writing the book” for being totally matching numbers throughout. It comes with all its original accessories in an equally restored condition: original jack, Thor hammer, original & complete toolkit, tonneau cover and side curtains.The documentation is as complete as they come: original owners manual, original service manual, an original period brochure of the Austin-Healey 100, an original brochure for “special equipment and tuning instructions”, original Laycock overdrive maintenance instructions (bespoke for the Austin – Healey 100) as well as a history file containing Heritage certificates and a recent expert valuation of €230.000,- with this being a world-class car. The period documentation is a novelty in its own right, however it being offered with a single motorcar is just mesmerizing. It goes without saying that 100 M's are highly eligible for the world's finest events including the Mille Miglia, Le Mans classic and the finest concours events. The 100 M together with the 100 S are considered as the ultimate Austin-Healey and this example ticks all boxes one could wish for, and then some. The car stands ready to be inspected immediately.Bite-size:The best 100 M available anywhere? Certainly. The best 100 M in the world? Probably.Price: €220.000,-Interested in this motorcar?Or call us: +31 654362963