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BN1223802

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 1B223802M 
  
  
  
 
 1955 Healey Blue / Old English White
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United KingdomUnited Kingdom
 

United KingdomURK397

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Record Creation: Entered on 23 January 2022.

 

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2022-01-23 11:54:58 | pauls writes:

Car offered at:

www.carandclassic.com/auctions/1955-austin-healey-bn1-100m-le-mans-nMZJL4

Seller's description:

1955 Austin Healey 100M BN1 Factory Le Mans Kit

Colour Ice Blue metallic / Old English white

Odometer 53,306 Miles

Engine size 2660

Town Canterbury

Location Kent

Country United Kingdom

• Believed to have raced in the 1955 Bahamas Speed Week

• Very rare factory-fitted Le Mans kit and four-speed gearbox

• FIVA-accredited for competition in events such as the Mille Miglia

• Close to concours condition

This Austin-Healey 100, chassis no. BN1 223802, is a particularly interesting example. As a very late BN1, it sports a Le Mans tuning kit and a BN2 four-speed gearbox, both of which are understood to have been factory-fitted when new, making it, in effect, a kind of prototype 100M. Although the Le Mans kits were mainly sold to owners of BN1s to be retro-fitted, BN1 223802 features a bend in the shroud bracket to clear the cool air box, which is a hallmark of factory fitment, among other details.

Since well over half the Austin-Healeys of the mid-1950s were being exported to America, where they were especially popular with SCCA racers, 223802 is also noteworthy for being an original right-hand drive model. Having left the Longbridge factory on 8th February, 1955, painted Ice Blue and Old English White, it was intended for export to Australia.

However, it ended up somewhere quite different. From Longbridge, there is speculation that it was assigned to the Donald Healey Motor Co. in Warwick and subsequently shipped to the Bahamas to participate in the 1955 Speed Week. The car’s history becomes clearer from 1957, when it was discovered in the Bahamas, painted dark green and primrose yellow, by an Englishman, Dr. Pryor, who was on holiday there. It had apparently been abandoned near Nassau, and after making enquiries he was able to purchase it, leading to it being repatriated to Britain, via Trinidad, in 1958. At this point, it received its registration URK 397.

Dr. Pryor was told that it had been raced in the Bahamas and was hit from behind, leading to its abandonment. It is also understood that it was more economical for the Donald Healey Motor Co. to leave its cars behind anyway, since they would have been subjected to purchase tax on being imported into Britain, which in 1955 stood at 60 per cent of the sales price. Sir Sydney and Lady Greta Oakes, who part-organised the Bahamas Speed Weeks, were friends with Donald Healey and themselves motored around the island in Austin-Healeys. It has also been claimed, albeit without firm proof, that 223802 may have raced at Sebring.

Unfortunately, Dr. Pryor suffered a serious accident in the car after a few years of driving it, and it was taken off the road, to be sold to a Mr. Alan Davis in 1971. Between 1980 and 1985, the present owner oversaw its restoration by Victor Smith in its original colours. The car changed hands a few times between 1985 and 2018, when the present owner reacquired it. It has been cared for over the past three years by Kent classic-car specialists Rose’s Garage and Bushell’s Vehicle Restorations.

The Paperwork

The car comes with a wealth of paperwork, including past MoT certificates, registration documents, photographs of its restoration in the early 1980s and invoices stretching back 40 years. The car also comes with some useful period literature in the form of manuals and so on. Furthermore, it has approval from F.I.V.A. to participate in the Mille Miglia.

The Interior

The Austin-Healey’s interior is superbly presented, with the seats, door cards and carpets all in excellent condition, with very little evidence of wear. The instrument cluster is neat, functional and clean and the whole package is set off nicely by the handsome wood-rimmed Moto-Lita steering wheel.

For the most part, the car’s interior is something of a time capsule, although the seats are equipped with modern safety harnesses, which should help provide peace of mind should one choose to drive the car in competition.

The Exterior

As the photographs show, the car’s external finish leaves virtually nothing to be desired. The paintwork still looks recent and the metallic sparkle of the Ice Blue paint really brings the car to life on a sunny day. The same might be said of the brightwork, while the dark blue hood is clean and free from any blemishes as far as we could see. Tasteful grey wire wheels, also in superb condition, set the car off nicely with their Blockley tyres, and the spotlights are a useful period touring accessory.

Apart from some minor marks on the windscreen frame, a small scratch over the nearside front wheel-arch and a minute paint chip on the nearside door, there is very little to fault with this car and it is not at all far from being concours-standard.

The Mechanics

To the best of our knowledge, the mechanics are every bit as good as the clean, handsomely-presented engine would suggest. Having been serviced in recent years by Bushell’s Vehicle Restorations, it has evidently been maintained to a high standard so should be a delight to drive. It has recently been fitted with a new Le Mans aluminium cylinder head and an aluminium petrol tank.

Close inspection of the car’s Le Mans kit reveals numerous indicators that it was, in fact, fitted by the Donald Healey Motor Co. in Warwick, for example: hand-written numbers on the carburettors; stamped distributor number; original brass Le Mans Modification Kit plaque; shroud bracket bent to clear the cool air box.

2022-09-21 08:22:14 | pauls writes:

Car returns to auction 9/22

www.carandclassic.com/auctions/1955-austin-healey-bn1-100m-le-mans-8WlbJg_aaid=a5ce63ed-6419-48b8-adb6-8692f74daf04&bsft_eid=e63dbf22-cfe5-49ad-a64 ...

Last auction bid to £90,500 not sold, this auction says reserve lowered otherwise same description.

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