1959 100/6 BN4
The Austin Healey 100-6 was produced in a 2+2 format (BN4) from 1956 to 1959. In 1958 a 2-seater roadster (BN6) added to the lineup. The 100-6 replaced the previous model, the 100 which had a 4-cylinder engine.
The new 100-6 was powered by a “C Series” 2.6 litre straight 6-cylinder engine that put out 117 brake horsepower. Apart from the substantial engine upgrade, additional improvements included two small rear seats being added, a fixed windshield and a wider radiator grille that was mounted in a slightly lower location compared to its predecessor.
Where the 100 was clearly pitched at the sports car market, the 100-6 offered additional comfort with longer drives in mind whilst retaining the 100’s sporting character.
Donald Healey, the marque’s creator, was an avid race fan and the cars were immediately put to use on the track – notably in the 12 hours of Sebring races.
The 6-cylinder Austin Healeys are colloquially known as the “Big Healeys”
An absolutely stunning example of the beautiful Austin Healey marque.
This vehicle has been treated to a full rotisserie, nut and bolt restoration that took over 4 years. The immaculate Smiths speedometer indicates 1,140 miles since the rebuild was completed. All receipts to support the restoration are to hand.
Finished in Austin Old English White, the car is beautifully set off with new red leather interior with complementary white piping. The car sports a matching red tonneau cover that has a central zipper allowing it to still be driven when fitted.
The chrome, grill, badges, gauges and wire wheels have been fully restored. The car retains its original 100-6 leather-clad banjo steering wheel with red stitching. Tools including the lead hammer for use with the knock off wheels are in the boot as is a correct full wire wheel retained by a new leather strap.
There is a brand new soft top complete with new frame and chrome hinges. A supremely detailed engine bay and underbody round out the package.
The engine revs freely and has good power and a willing exhaust note. The handling is what you would expect from an outstanding restoration – nimble and direct.
A supreme car for the discerning Austin Healey enthusiast.
ENGINE: 2.6 litre Straight 6
FUEL DELIVERY SYSTEM: Twin SU Carburettors
TRANSMISSION: 4 Speed Manual with Overdrive
BRAKES: Drum all Round
PAINT: Austin Old English White
TRIM: Red Leather with White Piping
MILEAGE: 1,140 miles