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Christened “International Car of the Year” at the 1953 New York auto show, the prototype 100 featured a 90 hp inline four-cylinder engine with a threespeed gearbox with overdrive. The second-generation BN2 was released in 1955, sporting a four-speed gearbox with overdrive, and upgraded suspension. Admired by the burgeoning West Coast car culture, more than 75% of production of the BN2 was destined for California.
This BN2 was completed on March 26, 1956, as a left-hand-drive US-specification car, finished in Reno Red. It came with several special options including a heater, laminated windscreen, and double vertical dip headlamps, and later acquired popular 100M Le Mans features, which include a cold air box and louvered bonnet. As shown in a title on file, the Healey was purchased in 1989 by Robert Maidl, who sold it to the consignor in 2015. Receipts from 2016-17 detail extensive work, including upholstery, wiring, suspension, and brakes, plus a top-end rebuild of the engine, and repairs to the bodywork. The consignor has enjoyed the car on many sports car tours and attests to its fine performance.
It now sports the racing colors white over blue – inspired by the celebrated 100 S competition cars – and comes with a BMIHT Certificate and a host of awards garnered during previous ownership. Ready for consideration by new Healey enthusiasts, this delightful 100/4 BN2 is a fine example of British motoring at its peak.