|2.6 - 4 100|
|Left Hand Drive|
|1955||Old English White / Blue|
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2019-10-08 10:56:51 | pauls writes:
Car to be at auction 10/19
ESTIMATE £45,000- £60,000
Auction Syon Park 2019
Auction Date 19th October 2019
Lot Number 130
Reg. Number TBA
Chassis Number BN1L227475
Make Austin Healey
This wonderfully presented Healey was purchased via Donald Healey Garages in Warwickshire by a prominent member of St Louis, Missouri society and Senior Officer in the Sports Car Club of America, Lester Seasongood.
Seasongood was a national secretary of the SCCA, and an area steward, and was prolific in their activities through to the middle 1970s. An active competitor and leading light in motorsport in the period.
Subsequent to Seasongood campaigning the car, it was sold to the Editor of the St Louis Post, James Lawrence, who also campaigned the car in Club events, and he retained the car until 1968.
Documentary records and films from the period show what a fascinating and vibrant motor racing culture the SCCA engendered. Grids comprised of all the great European and American sportscars of the period, all racing together by enthusiasts, amateurs and professionals alike, with fabulous variety – with Porsche 356s, MG As, Austin Healeys, Chevrolet Corvettes, Ferrari 250 GT TdFs, TR3s… The list goes on and demonstrates what a fascinating cauldron of competitive spirit and legend the SCCA was in the United States in the mid-late 1950s.
In later years, the car returned to the UK, and in 2003 a comprehensive restoration of this charming sports racing car was commenced by its then-owner, a Mr Barnes.
The current vendor purchased this exceptional matching numbers Healey a numbe of years ago. The car is finished in Old English White over Lobelia Blue, one of just 108 cars finished in this colour scheme, and is also fitted with both a heater and laminated windscreen. This Healey has been fitted with lightened and balanced Denis Welch flywheel, which significantly improves throttle response and tick over. The car is quick and agile, and with a fantastic exhaust note. All the elements of the drivetrain have been recently restored including new U/J’s, competition clutch and thrust bearing, with the car covering only a handful of miles since. It also received at the same time a service plus engine and gearbox detailing. The car has also been fitted with lightweight Dynolite alternator.
The car comes complete with an excellent history file with many of the receipts from a fastidious owner, as well as some photographs of the restoration work and Heritage Certificate. There is also a copy of the 2011 article in Classic Car Buyer where the car was road tested.
This stunning car in excellent condition qualifies for historic car rallies and has been fully prepped for the Mille and fitted with the necessary upgrades. Most recently the current vendor completed the 2017 GP Nuvolari without any faults. Complete with UK V5C registration this Healey is ready to be campaigned on the Historic circuit or driven enthusiastically down country lanes.