1956 Austin-Healey 100 (Austin-Healey)
Chassis no.BN2L233361 - Engine no. IB233361M
- Eligible for Mille Miglia and mast re-enactment competitions worldwide• Thoroughly restored
- Owned by the American racing driver John Langenfeld
- Identified as a BN2, 4 gears with overdrive
- Matching numbers
During the 1952 Earls Court Motor Show, a fantastic car made his debut. It was the Austin-Healey 100, named 100 for its top speed, 100 mph. The 100 was the result of a partnership signed in 1952 between the head of BMC, Leonard Lord and Donald Healey, as a more sporting alternative to the unsuccessful Austin A90 Atlantic. The 100 was simple and well built. The frame included a pair of steel rails that ran the length of the chassis, passing beneath the live rear axle and below the front lower wishbones, to keep the overall vehicle height low. The alloy and steel body was supported by brackets extending outward from the main rails. The engine was the Austin 90 straight four-cylinder 2660cc, developing 90 hp at 4000 rpm and 195 Nm of torque at 2000 rpm. The gearbox was a three-speed manual unit with floor shift, embellished by the overdrive on the second and third gears. In High Overdrive, top speed reached more than 100 mph. A unique feature of the Austin-Healey was its lay-down windscreen, which added significantly to its dynamic, streamlined look and increased its top speed. The 100 was the first of three models later called the Big Healeys to distinguish them from the much smaller Austin-Healey Sprite. In the summer of 1955, an updated model of the Austin Healey 100, called BN2, made its appearance. The BN2 was fitted with a four-speed manual transmission, with the overdrive on the top two gears. Other features that distinguished the BN2 from the BN1 were the slightly larger front wheel arches, a different rear axle and the optional two-tone paint. By January 1956, production was running at 200 cars each month. The final BN2 was built in July 1956, with a total of 4604 BN2s produced, including the 100M.
This stunning Austin-Healey 100 BN2, chassis number BN2L233361, is a specimen built in 1956 and has been completely restored in both bodywork and mechanics. It is also a matching numbers car. It has the two-tone red and black paint typical of the Austin-Healey 100, but with the red in the lower part of the car and the black above, differently from the most of the 100, which had the colours reversed. It was registered in Italy in 2012, has the Fiva Identity Card, the ASI certificate, and the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust. Its chief peculiarity, however, is undoubtedly that of having belonged to the American racing driver John Langenfeld, who raced in the 60s. The Austin-Healey 100 is undoubtedly a timeless classic, a car with an unmistakable style and a representative of the English automotive industry of the 50s.State of the art: Fully restored.
Graham Robson, Austin Healey 100 & 3000 series, Crowood Press, UK 1994.- Geoffry Healey, The story of Big Healeys, Dodd, Mead & Co., 1977.- Bill Piggott, Austin Healey 100 in detail, Herridge & Sons Ltd, UK 2005.
Certifications and Statements
ASI,Fiva, British Motor Industry Heritage Trust.
Registration and Italian license plates in order.
- Mille Miglia. Eligible.
- Giro di Sicilia. Eligible.
- Targa Florio. Eligible.
- Goodwood Revival. Eligible
- Coppa d’Oro delle Dolomiti. Eligible.
- Vernasca Silver Flag. Eligible.
- California Mille: Eligible.
- Nürburgring Classic. Eligible.
- Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Eligible.
- Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. Eligible.
- Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille. Eligible.
- Concorso d’eleganza Villa D’Este. Eligible.