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1956 Austin-Healey 100M LeMans Roadster
Rare Factory-Installed Le Mans Modifications
Body-Off Restoration Completed in 2012
Certified by the 100M Registry
Matching-Numbers Certification by the BMIHT
FIVA Inspected and Approved
Body Style: 2dr Roadster
Engine: 2,660 CC OHV Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
Two SU HS6 Carburetors (110 BHP)
Engine #: 1B229821
Exterior Color: Old English White
Interior Color: Red Leather
Transmission: 4-Speed Manual Gearbox
Description from the seller we acquired the car from:
This early Austin-Healey bears a number of benchmarks of quality, including a factory-equipped Le Mans kit, certificate of authenticity from the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust, a recently completed body-off restoration, and merely three owners over the course of the last 45 years. Presented with a beautiful refinish in its original colors of Old English White over a red interior, the rare presence of FIVA paperwork prepares this 100M for vintage rallying around the world.
According to a trace certificate issued by the BMIHT, this BN2 completed assembly on November 29, 1955, and was dispatched to the US. The certificate notably states, “As this car was fitted with a louvered bonnet, we can confirm that it is a genuine factory-built Austin-Healey 100 ‘M’.” Numerous BN1 and BN2 examples were later upgraded to Le Mans specifications, making this factory-equipped 100M a rarer and more desirable collectible. Many Austen-Healey enthusiasts believe that only 250 such cars remain.
It is likely that this 100M was originally retailed somewhere in the American Southwest, and in 1967, the Austin-Healey was offered for sale at a dealership in Provo, Utah. Purchased by a young racing mechanic named Duane Forsythe, the car then displayed approximately 12,000 miles. After little more than a year of street use, Mr. Forsythe noticed that the engine was developing inadequate compression, and he removed the motor with the intention of conducting a complete rebuild in his personal shop.
Local race car driver Mike Carter took notice of the disassembled Austin-Healey and inquired about a sale. Unwilling to part with the car at the time, Mr. Forsythe finally sold the car to him 33 years later, and Carter commenced a body-off restoration that included refurbishment of the frame, suspension, engine, body, and paint. Unable to finish the project, he sold the 100M in 2009 to the consignor, who owns a well-respected restoration shop in Denver, Colorado. The new owner then completed the restoration, which he meticulously photo-documented in an album that is included with the car.
Inspected and certified by FIVA in December 2011, this striking factory-equipped 100M is a noteworthy example. The well-documented car is accompanied by a tool roll, an owner’s handbook, side curtains, and a tonneau, and would make the perfect candidate for concours exhibition or spirited vintage touring campaigns.
About This Car:
This Austin-Healey 100M is in excellent condition and is breathtaking in person. The Old English White over Red Leather is one of the most attractive color combinations for a classic car and it is the original colors. The 100M is also equipped with its original Matching Numbers Engine. As this car was fitted with a louvered bonnet, we can confirm that it is a genuine factory-built Austin-Healey 100 'M', which is documented on the Heritage Trust Certificate. The Austin-Healey 100M is a blast to drive. It really gives a true car enthusiast a very exhilarating ride and is very responsive for cars of its time. A very limited number of these have been made and it would be a great car to add to any collector portfolio. It has been garaged in a climate-controlled collection, well maintained and is ready to be enjoyed. We welcome inspections and look forward to helping you with your purchase.
British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate Breakdown:
Austin-Healey 100 ‘M’
-Car/chassis number: BN2-L/229821
-Engine number: 1B/229821
-Body number: 11497
-Specification: LHD, North American Export
-Color, exterior: Old English White
-Hood (top): Not Recorded
-Date(s) built: 29 November 1955
-Date dispatched: Not recorded
-Destination (dealer): U.S.A.
-Other numbers: Key number FA.584
-Details of equipment: Heater, Laminated windscreen, Louvred bonnet
-Other information: As this car was fitted with a lovred bonnet,
we can confirm that it is a genuine factory-built
Austin-Healey 100 ‘M’ (or ‘Le Mans’) Model.
-British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate
-Copy of FIVA Identity Card
-Austin Healey Parts & Accessories Catalog
Asking Price: $175,000
All offers will be considered
Ready for immediate worldwide delivery
Please contact (+1) 619-777-3659 for more information.
For sale by www.motorcarcompany.com in San Diego, California. Motor Car Company specializes in collection management, sales and brokerage of Collector Automobiles.
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