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Sale price: $23,600.00 make an offer
Last update: 14.10.2014

Seller's notes: "Solid 1955 Austin Healey 100M BN1 Great candidate for restoration, complete car and engine turns over. Once in a lifetime opportunity. This is the real deal!! don't be the guy who lets this get away and have regrets for years, because you'll never see another this good for cheaper."
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Technical specifications, photos and description:

Manufacturer: Austin Healey
Model: Other
Year: 1955
Type: Convertible
Color: Blue
Mileage: 74,870
Engine: 1B139122 ( Westlake)
Transmission: Manual
Fuel Type: Gasoline
Trim: BN1
Interior Color: Black & red
Vehicle Title: Clear
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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 to some people)  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. 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! (Still waiting for that) I may only be the third owner of this iconic legion of motorsport history.   This is the type of car that was involved the infamous 1955 Le Mans crash that changed 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.   Even has a race mod trunk/boot. no outside latch. I have only seen that on the race cars.   Shelby fans will note that Carroll Shelby wanted this car. the 100 BN1 for his race cars. Donald Healey turned him down. so Shelby had to go to AC Bristol. These cars should/could have been the first Shelby Cobras and was Shelby's first choice!
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 ( is off).   Basically you will be getting a great 99% complete car for restoration.   It will all be wanted to be gone through. rebuilt/restored as 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 car connoisseur collector or vintage racer of rally tourer.   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.   Prices will only go up. get it while you still can.   Some may notice that  some of the typical "BN2" (Late - 1955-1956) bits and pieces. different hood etc. aren't all there.   From what I understand most of that didn't start until the BN2. this car is a first model BN1. There is a lot of misinformation and contradictions about pre -BN2 M's and all the various M kits.   I don't want to get into long discussions about that because even the experts and people that were there disagree.   Honesty I don't understand all the big deal about "Factory M" what is the big difference if a dealer representative did the M work or if a guy at the factory did?  I am not selling the car as a factory M and it's not. nbsp; If it were I would be asking 40k opening bid. not a low18.   I am not even sure the engine is matching until I get the BMI from England.   The number appears to be maybe from an earlier car?  Maybe they dropped a different engine into it after blowing up the original racing? or put different carburetors on after the carb fire? I don't know?  I do know it would have been titled an M from the dealer and if the engine is not matching. it can be restored back to M specs. pretty easily.   Add the later BN2 louvered bonnet and strap etc. if you want. that's a taste thing. Since it's not a 200K  Factory M car. you have a bit more room to make it the way you would want it and it could always be changed back to BN1 hood etc.  

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 am moving and will not have six  garage stalls like I have now for all my toys.   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 or more into the project; you will still get a fantastic return investment on the car down the road.   Check out the auction results in the past year or so!  Average condition value for this car is between 65 - 79K.   A fully fresh  frame off restored car goes for 95-136K.   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 100M 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 am also selling a 1960 Austin Healey "bugeye" Sprite  Mk1 948CC.   this car is complete. original. has all new rockers (in and outer and new floors)  striped and ready for paint after and bit more body work. The engine is out and ready for rebuild. It has lots of new parts ready for it.   New top. carpet. springs. on and on. over $1200 new parts. This car is already half restored.   I was going to restore the 100M too and have first models of the big and small Healeys! A great collection in anyone's book.   I'll make you a deal if you want both.   (see last four pictures)

Thanks for bidding and feel free to ask questions. nbsp;  Matt

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Comments and questions to the seller:

from Andrew McGeachy, dated 23 july 2015

Is the car still available, have already asked once but no reply


from Racine Bruno, dated 13 april 2015
Hello Dear Mister

i'm body builder in car and i want obtain more informations on car i looking the austin healey for my retirement
your car I still available

thanks for your best reply


from Nick, dated 01 march 2015
Hello. I was wondering if your austin healey 100 is still available- thanks.

from Pete McFetridge , dated 20 january 2015
Hi -is the barn 55 Healey still about? THX

from Andrew McGeachy, dated 09 january 2015
Is this car still available?

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