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1953 Austin-Healey 100 Sport Roadster / BN1L 140217 Vehicle Information

1953 Austin-Healey 100 photograph

1953 Austin-Healey 100 photograph

1953 Austin-Healey 1001953 Austin-Healey 100
Sold for $62,700 at 2016 Bonhams : Quail Lodge.
Donald Mitchell Healey was born in 1898. He apprenticed with Sopwith and he served in World War I as a pilot in the Royal Flying Corps. When the war came to a close, he set up his own garage business in Cornwall and early successes in rallying led to a role with Riley. Among his victories included a win in the 1931 Monte Carlo Rally with an Invicta S-Type Low Chassis Tourer.

In 1933 Donald Healey moved to Triumph as Development Engineer and later Technical Director. Stints with Claudel-Hobson and Humber during World War II helped shape his future and in the post-War era he become a sporting car designer and manufacturer. His company would achieve international success with circuit and road racing, as well as rallying. The cars that carried his name would hold earn multiple titles as a speed and endurance record breaker.

At the Earls Court Motor Show in London in 1952, the Healey 100s made their international debut. These were low cost, high performance, limited production sports car primarily aimed at the United States market. The Healey 100 sourced many of its components from the Austin A90 Atlantic saloon. After Austin boss Leonard Lord negotiated the rights to the design with DMN on the launch day, the car was re-badged as the 'Austin-Healey 100'.

The four-cylinder Atlantic 2660cc engine offered 90 horsepower but when installed in the lighter Austin-Healey 100, it was a genuine 100 mph-plus car capable of racing from zero-to-sixty in under 11 seconds.

Part of the agreement stated that Austin would support a development and test program by Donald Healey. The early result of this agreement were two lightly tuned Special Test Cars that achieved 12th and 14th at the 1953 LeMans 24 Hour Race. Following this success, a team of drivers led by Donald Healey and George Eyston set several national and international AAA speed records at Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats driving stock and modified versions of the 100. Their accomplishments included a maximum speed of 142.626 mph and 1,000 kilometers at 127.00 mph achieved by the modified 100. An AAA selected stock example averaged 104.3 mph over 24 hours.

The Healey 100 earned its name for its top-speed capability. They frame was comprised of a pair of steel rails that ran the length of the chassis about 17 inches apart, passing beneath the live rear axle and below the front lower wishbones. The body was comprised of alloy and steel, and was supported by brackets extending outward from the main rails. The Austin 90 long-stroke four-cylinder engine offered 90 horsepower at 4000 RPM and 144 foot-pounds of torque at 2000 RPM. The engine was backed by a three-speed manual unit with floor shift, enhanced by a Laycock de Normanville overdrive on second and third gears.

This particular example is the 68th Austin Healey built. It was constructed on June 30th of 1953. It left the factory finished in Healey Grey over blue leather with a blue dashboard, and was delivered new to J.R. Hawkins of Willoughby, Ohio in September, 1953. This car was among the first 25 BN1s imported into the United States.

Mr. Hawkins retained the car for only a short period of time, selling it to Charles Irish Jr. of Cleveland, Ohio on June 21, 1954 for $2,590.95. Mr. Irish would keep the car for nearly six decades.

In 2011, the car was given a comprehensive restoration. The work was completed in 2014. It has been driven fewer than 400 miles since the work was completed. The current owner acquired the car in 2015.


By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2016


2016 Bonhams : Quail Lodge

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $70,000-USD $90,000 
Sale Price :
USD $62,700

1953 Austin-Healey 100 Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1953 sales)
1953 Austin-Healey 100-4 BN1 Roadster
Sold for USD$42,350
  2016 Auctions America : Auburn Fall
 
1953 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100 BN1
Chassis#: BN1L 140217
Sold for USD$62,700
  2016 Bonhams : Quail Lodge
1953 Austin-Healey 100 image  1953 Austin-Healey 100 image  
1953 Austin-Healey 100/'100S' Coupé
Chassis#: ONX 113
Sold for USD$965,539
  2015 Bonhams : Bond Street Motor Car Sale
 
1953 Austin-Healey 100 BN1
Chassis#: BN1-L/144642
Sold for USD$77,000
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Monterey
1953 Austin-Healey 100 image  1953 Austin-Healey 100 image  
1953 Austin-Healey 100/4 BN1 Roadster
Chassis#: BN1-L/140217
Sold for USD$57,200
  2015 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours
 
1953 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100/4 BN1 ROADSTER
Chassis#: BNH/143726
Sold for USD$133,051
  2013 The Zoute Sale
 
1953 Austin-Healey 100 Special Test Car
Chassis#: SPL 225B
Sold for USD$1,186,370
  2013 Bonhams - The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale
 
1953 Austin-Healey 100 BN1 Roadster
Chassis#: 138040
Sold for USD$105,110
  2012 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor cars and Automobilia at Goodwood
 
1953 Austin Healey 100/4 BN1 Roadster
Sold for USD$32,809
  2012 Shannons Sydney Summer Classic
 
1953-55 Austin-Healey Special Test Car/100S Prototype Sports-Racing Two-Seater
Chassis#: SPL 226/B
Sold for USD$1,322,589
  2011 Bonhams - The December Sale
 
1953 Austin-Healey 100 Pre-production Prototype
Chassis#: BN1L 134370
Sold for USD$161,127
  2011 Bonhams - The December Sale
 
1953 Austin-Healey 100 Roadster
Chassis#: BN1L-150288
Sold for USD$66,526
  2010 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia
 
1953 Austin-Healey 100 BN1 Le Mans
Chassis#: BN1L/144642
Sold for USD$77,000
  2009 Pebble Beach Auction : Gooding & Company
1953 Austin-Healey 100 image  1953 Austin-Healey 100 image  
1953 AUSTIN HEALEY BN 1 ROADSTER
Sold for USD$17,000
  2002 Kruse Auction - Auburn, IN
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1953 Austin-Healey 100's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1953 AUSTIN HEALEY BN 1 ROADSTER 2002 Kruse Auction Auburn, In$17,000  
1953 AUSTIN HEALEY BN 1 ROADSTER 2002 Kruse Auction Auburn, IN$17,000  

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Austin-Healey 100
1953 Sport Roadster
Chassis Num: BN1L 140217
Engine Num: 1B139055

Chassis information for the Austin-Healey 100-4 BN1
1954 Sport Roadster
Chassis Num: BN1-L/160376
Engine Num: 1B214883
Chassis information for the Austin-Healey 100-4 BN1
1954 Sport Roadster
Chassis Num: BN1-L/221406
Engine Num: 1B/221406

Chassis information for the Austin-Healey 100-4 BN1
1954 Sport Roadster
Chassis Num: BN1/152971
Engine Num: 1B/206890
Chassis information for the Austin-Healey 100-4 BN1
1954 Sport Roadster
Chassis Num: BN1L 222344
Engine Num: 1B222344 M

Chassis information for the Austin-Healey 100-4 BN1
1954 Sport Roadster
Chassis Num: BNW-L/228083
Engine Num: 1B/228083

Chassis information for the Austin-Healey 100
1955 100M Roadster
Chassis Num: BN1L 222880
Engine Num: 1B222880
Chassis information for the Austin-Healey 100
1955 Sport Roadster
Chassis Num: BN1L 227294
Engine Num: 1B227294M

Chassis information for the Austin-Healey 100
1955 Sport Roadster
Chassis Num: BN1L220856
Engine Num: 1B220856M

Chassis information for the Austin-Healey 100
1955 Sport Roadster
Chassis Num: BN1L227462
Engine Num: 1B227462M
Chassis information for the Austin-Healey 100
1955 Sport Roadster
Chassis Num: BN2-L/228644
Engine Num: 1B/228644

Chassis information for the Austin-Healey 100
1955 Sport Roadster
Chassis Num: BN2L-228644
Engine Num: 1B288872M
Chassis information for the Austin-Healey 100
1955 Sport Roadster
Chassis Num: BN2L228075
Engine Num: 1B207130

1953 Austin-Healey 100

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