1955 Austin Healey 100M (Dealer M) very rare"barn-find"Very first model BN1

Sale price: $19000,00 make an offer

Technical specifications

Manufacturer:Austin Healey
Model:Other
Year:1955
Type:Convertible
Fuel Type:Gasoline
Color:Blue
Mileage:70,000
Transmission:Manual
Interior Color:Black & red
Engine:1B139122 ( Westlake)
Trim:BN1
Number of Cylinders:4
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A wonderful rare "barn-find", an amazing complete 1955 Austin Healey 100M BN1. Yes, that is right, wow! You can probably count on one hand how many of these are left to restore in the US. While not a "BN2 Factory M" it was originally titled an M (Lemans) so it must be a BN1 dealer package M. (next best thing) The car has been off the road since probably 1972. The car had a carburetor fire and that is what must have put her in storage to soon be awakened 42 years later. The car is solid and complete, even has the side curtains, full wire spare and the engine DOES turn over. The 100 is offered for sale with the British Motoring Industry Heritage Certificate! I may only be he third owner of this iconic legion of motorsport history. This is the type of car that was involved the infamous 1955 LeMans crash that change motorsport racing from then on. Once restored this car will qualify for most any vintage racing, rallies or tours here or abroad. This car was already in an Italian rally ( badge on the dash) and has extra gauges /clock used in rallies.

So the car needs to be professionally restored or at least by an expert Austin Healey hobbyist restorer, given the value of these cars, and it should be a frame off restoration. The body and floors are amazingly solid, just one hole in the drivers pan. most every thing else is pretty good, the hood/bonnet was distorted a bit with the carb. fire and missing the cold air box, but can be fixed or easily replace, parts are plentiful from many different vendors. The fire did mess the paint on the shroud, but is purely cosmetic and would be taken back to metal anyway. The drivers side rear leaf spring has an issue with the mount that needs to be addressed. Basically you will be getting a great complete car for restoration. It will all be wanted to be gone through, rebuilt/restored in any proper restoration, so I won't itemize every single little thing here. Engine rebuild, new wire, paint, tires, brakes, interior etc. you know, the usual. This car needs to go to a British connoisseur collector. I reserve the right not to sell the car to someone that wants to heavily modify it. Properly restored, these cars can exceed 100 thousand dollars at auction and values have gone up 50% in the last few years making them great investments.
So why the hell would I sell this car? Well good question, and I wonder that myself? Basically, I don't have the time or inclination to take on a year long project like that. I feel it's best to pass this on to a more experienced restorer or a person that has the means and devotion to restore her right. Even if you "buy it now" and put another 20-25K more into the project; you will still get a fantastic return on the car down the road. Check out the auction results in the past year or so! I reserve to cancel the auction at any time (I am talking to UK interested parties) so buy it now if you really want it, this is a once in a life time chance to restore a Austin Healey 100 for really not that much money in the big picture. I want to keep it in the States if I can, so jump on it now. I will however entertain oversea collectors ( this is a left hand car). I 'll get some more photos posted soon. Thanks for bidding and feel free to ask questions.

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