1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2

Factory production of the Austin-Healey 100M lasted from September 5th of 1955 to July 16th of 1956 with 640 factory-built examples leaving the line. They had a high-lift camshaft, high-compression pistons, a free-flowing intake manifold, high-compression pistons, a cold air box, and a unique distributor. The suspension was fitted with larger anti-roll bars, and there was a LeMans-specification leather strap securing the louvered hood.

It is believed that approximately 191 examples remaining in existence in modern times.

Donald Healey's 'Hundred' roadster was introduced at the 1952 Earl's Court (London) Motor show. It wore a design courtesy of Gerry Coker with a chassis by Barry Bilbie. The engineering was courtesy of Donald Healey's son Geoff. Quickly attracting the favor of BMC's Leonard Lord, and fitted with Austin-based mechanical components, it was renamed the 'Austin-Healey 100'. The series-production of the new car began in early 1953. A small batch of pre-production examples were built for motor shows and high-profile racing events to help generate interest. Four BN-1 models were race-prepared by Donald Healey and Roger Menadue for international road-racing competition. One example was entered in the Mille Miglia, but it was forced to retire early due to a broken throttle linkage. Four examples were entered in the 1953 24 Hours of LeMans, with two finishing the event in 12th and 14th overall.

The four 1953 Le Mans works-entered cars were designated 'special test cars' and predated the 100S competition cars. They were the inspiration for the 640 BN2-based 100M 'Le Mans' models that were built in 1955 and 1956.


by Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2019

Related Reading : Austin-Healey BN2 100M History

The Austin Healey 100 was introduced in October of 1952 at the Earls Court Motor Show. The first Austin Healey 100s were known as 100-4 or BN1. The name 100 came-about by being able to break the 100 mph barrier. The BN also had meaning. The B represented the engine class which meant it had between 2000 and 3000 cc. The N represented the body-style configuration, two-seat and open-top. The 100 was....
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1956 Vehicle Profiles

1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 vehicle information

LeMans Roadster

Only 640 100M's were produced. 71 were black over red, and 544 of the 640 were shipped to the US. The Healey Hundred was the original design for the Austin-Healey. It was completely designed by one individual, Gerald Coker.....[continue reading]

1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 vehicle information

LeMans Roadster

Chassis Num: BN2L 230739

This 1956 Austin Healey 100M 'Le Mans' Roadster was built on February 7th of 1956. It has a certified British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate #97/7743 and is registered in the 100-M registry. A real, documented factory 100 M. The car retai....[continue reading]

1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 vehicle information

LeMans Roadster

Chassis Num: BN2L233187

This car is a factory built 100M LeMans roadster. There were just 640 examples of the 100M LeMans roadsters to leave the factory with many standard Austin Healey's being converted by the dealers as an option kit. Of the 640 original LeMans Roadster....[continue reading]

1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 vehicle information

LeMans Roadster

Chassis Num: BN2-L/229932
Engine Num: 1B/229932-M

There were 640 factory-built LeMans modified cars built and there are less than 150 examples known to exist today. Two factory-prepared Austin-Healey 100s ran in the 1953 LeMans 24 Hour race, finishing 12th and 14th overall. The cars averaged 90 mi....[continue reading]

1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 vehicle information

LeMans Roadster

The Austin-Healey 100 was based on the 2660cc, 4-cylinder, 3-speed plus overdrive, drivetrain of the pedestrian 1949 Austin Atlantic. The Healey could reach 100 mph in quick time, though, and Donald Healey selected the name accordingly. Jensen Motors....[continue reading]

1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 vehicle information

LeMans Roadster

Chassis Num: BN2L232348
Engine Num: 1B232348M

This factory-built, alloy 100M has been given a full body-off frame restoration. The exterior was refinished in two-stage Dupont polyurethane silver, complemented by an interior finished in red leather seats, red vinyl interior panels with matching E....[continue reading]

1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 vehicle information

LeMans Roadster

Chassis Num: BN2/L/229821
Engine Num: 1B229821

This Austin-Healey 100M is factory-equipped with a Le Mans kit, certificate of authenticity from the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust, a recently completed body-off restoration, and just three owners over the last 45 years. It is finished in Old....[continue reading]

1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 vehicle information

LeMans Roadster

Chassis Num: BN2-L/231533
Engine Num: 1/231533M

Production of the 100M lasted from September 5th of 1955 to July 16th of the following year. Just 640 factory-built examples were produced. In addition, roughly 500 'Le Mans' conversion kits were supplied to dealers or car owners, to convert standard....[continue reading]

1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 vehicle information

LeMans Roadster

Chassis Num: BN2-L/232183
Engine Num: 1B/232183M

Before the start of series production of the new 'Hundred' roadster that had been introduced at the Earls Court in 1952, Donald Healey commissioned a small batch of pre-production examples for the motor show circuit and racing events. At the Mille Mi....[continue reading]

1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 vehicle information

LeMans Roadster

This car was selected by Donald Healey to introduce the new 100M model to the public at the Earl's Court Motor Show in London in October of 1955. To attract attention it was painted black, with pink coves and a pink interior. This being the only Aust....[continue reading]

1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 vehicle information

LeMans Roadster

This is an Austin-Healey 100M, a special model equipped with performance upgrades originally used on the two Austin-Healey entered in the 1953 Le Mans 24-Hour race. Following this race, owners began to seek to upgrade the performance of their standar....[continue reading]

1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 vehicle information

LeMans Roadster

Chassis Num: BN2-L/230740
Engine Num: 1B/230740-M

This Austin-Healey is finished in Black over Reno Red, with a red interior. It was completed in February 1956 and is a left-hand-drive export model that is equipped with its matching-numbers engine, a laminated windscreen, wire wheels, a speedometer ....[continue reading]

1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 vehicle information

LeMans Roadster

Successful car designer and rally driver Donald Healey founded the Donald Healey Motor Company ltd. in 1945. He focused on producing expensive, high-quality, performance cars.....[continue reading]

1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 vehicle information

LeMans Roadster

This 1956 Austin Healey 100M is one of 640 Factory 100Ms produced. First introduced in 1952, the Austin Healey received many accolades. Seeing the popularity of the car, Leonard Lord of British Motor Corporations Austin met with Donald Healey and mad....[continue reading]

1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 vehicle information

LeMans Roadster

This 100M LeMans conversion is the 2nd generation of the production cars, designated BN-2, of which 3,924 were produced. This is one of the latter known as 100M LeMans conversions. The kit includes: larger H6 S.U. carburetors, special inlet manifolds....[continue reading]

1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 vehicle information

LeMans Roadster

This Austin Healey is one of 640 certified factory built cars with the Le Mans performance kit used on their 1953 team cars, designating it as a 100M. This includes engine and suspension upgrades, plus the louvered hood with retaining strap. About 13....[continue reading]

1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 vehicle information

LeMans Roadster

The Donald Healey Motor Company was founded in 1945. It produced a number of roadsters and sedans through 1954, around the time of conceiving of the 100. This was a purpose built design to fill a niche between the low-end MG and the high-end Jaguars.....[continue reading]

1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 vehicle information

LeMans Roadster

Donald Healey found success marrying European coachwork and American mechanicals with the 1951 Nash-Healey. But he wanted something that fit between an MG and a Jaguar, and had his engineer Gerry Coker design the car, even though Coker had never desi....[continue reading]

1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 vehicle information

LeMans Roadster

One of the certified factory built 100Ms built with a full Le Mans conversion kit and matching numbers throughout. It was delivered new to an Air Force Major stationed in Japan and later returned to New York State. It was left in storage from 1966 un....[continue reading]

1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 vehicle information

LeMans Roadster

Chassis Num: BN2L230869
Engine Num: 1B230869

Approximately 640 examples of the Austin-Healey 100 were built to 100M specification with 544 exported to the United States. This particular 100 BN2 was completed at the Longbridge Austin-Healey works in February of 1956. It is a left-hand drive exam....[continue reading]

LeMans Roadster
 
LeMans Roadster
Chassis #: BN2L 230739 
LeMans Roadster
Chassis #: BN2L233187 
LeMans Roadster
Chassis #: BN2-L/229932 
LeMans Roadster
 
LeMans Roadster
Chassis #: BN2L232348 
LeMans Roadster
Chassis #: BN2/L/229821 
LeMans Roadster
Chassis #: BN2-L/231533 
LeMans Roadster
Chassis #: BN2-L/232183 
LeMans Roadster
 
LeMans Roadster
 
LeMans Roadster
Chassis #: BN2-L/230740 
LeMans Roadster
 
LeMans Roadster
 
LeMans Roadster
 
LeMans Roadster
 
LeMans Roadster
 
LeMans Roadster
 
LeMans Roadster
 
LeMans Roadster
Chassis #: BN2L230869 

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