Amelia Island

10 March 2012

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Lot 125

1954 Austin-Healey 100 Roadster

  • Chassis no. 152971

Sold for $93,500

90 bhp, 2,660 cc BN2 OHV inline four-cylinder engine, dual SU H4 carburetors, four-speed manual gearbox with overdrive, independent front suspension with wishbones and coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 98"

• Equipped with desirable “Le Mans” kit and many upgrades

• Fresh restoration by Tom and Randee Rocke of Healey Lane

• Complete with BMIHT certificate

Soon after its debut, the Austin-Healey 100 roadster set Bonneville speed records and contested Le Mans, where it finished second and third in class for 1953. It has been a sought-after sports car ever since. This example from 1954 benefits from a fresh and complete body-off restoration by Tom and Randee Rocke of Healey Lane. The two-stage DuPont polyurethane silver finish is complemented by a red vinyl interior with matching English wool carpeting and a specially-ordered red armachord trunk kit. A new red Everflex soft top, a tonneau cover and side curtains are also fitted.

Additional features include a late-BN2 engine with twin 1½-inch SU H4 carburetors with polished domes mated to a four-speed manual gearbox with overdrive. The car is also equipped with the desirable “Le Mans” kit: the cold-air box, distributor, original instruments including a 140-mph speedometer and 6,500-rpm tachometer, “Le Mans” dash plates and a louvered aluminum bonnet with a Le Mans-regulation bonnet hold-down strap.

Other desirable mechanical features include a late-series 4.11:1 BN2 differential with four-wheel hydraulic, concentric-ring jet-coated drum brakes, a jet-coated exhaust manifold, a new steel exhaust system, new brake lines, new master brake and slave cylinders, new fuel lines, a new fuel pump, refurbished gas tank, polished side plate, polished aluminum cooling fan, new four-row radiator, all-new electrical components and a cloth wiring harness. Aluminum front and rear shrouds, re-chromed original front and rear bumpers, 48-spoke chrome wire wheels with new Roadspeed 185x15 tires and a spare tire, new Moto-Lita-type steering wheel and a drop-down racing windscreen round out the impressive and usable package. Offered complete with a British Motor Industry Heritage Trust certificate and full photo-documentation, this example is simply superb and is offered by Healey Lane with a limited driveline warranty. For further details, please speak with an RM representative.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

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