Lot 154

2013   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2014

1956 Austin-Healey 100 M


$200,000 - $230,000





Car Highlights

One of 640 Original Factory-Built 100 Ms
Single Ownership for 40 Years
2004 Restoration in Original Colors by Respected Austin-Healey Restorer, Fourintune
Matching-Numbers Example
BMHT and 100M Registry Certificates

Technical Specs

2,660 CC SOHC Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
Dual SU H6 Sidedraft Carburetors
110 BHP at 4,500 RPM
4-Speed Manual Gearbox with Overdrive
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Front Independent Suspension with Coil Springs
Rear Solid Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs

Saleroom Addendum

*Please note that this car is equipped with front disc brakes and rear drums, not 4-wheel drums as stated in the catalogue.

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The mechanically upgraded 100 M is particularly esteemed among early Austin- Healeys for its competition-style engine modifications and sleek appearance, and this expertly restored and highly authentic example beautifully showcases the rare model’s unique characteristics. According to this car’s British Motor Heritage Trust certificate, this 100 M completed construction on January 11, 1956, equipped with a factory-installed Le Mans modification kit, which consisted of larger H6 carburetors and intake manifolds, a cold air box and duct, high-lift camshaft, high-compression pistons, and of course, a louvered bonnet.

These features were frequently installed by dealers or ordered by customers for aftermarket installation following purchase. The fact that this car is an original factory-prepared example makes it especially rare. According to the 100 M Registry, only 640 such cars were constructed.

Originally finished in Florida Green over white paint, and upholstered with a black interior, this 100 M was purchased new by Robert Eastman of Minoa, New York. An original bill of sale reflects that Mr. Eastman sold the Austin-Healey in 1962 to Dean Jones, who retained possession of the car for four decades. In the late 1990s, the 100 M was sympathetically restored by Roger Corea of Harwood Enterprises in East Rochester, New York.

Purchased in 2002 by its third owner, a Texas-based Austin-Healey enthusiast, this car was submitted for a comprehensive restoration by Tom Kovacs’ well-respected Fourintune of Cedarburg, Wisconsin. A marque specialist with years of experience restoring significant Big Healeys, Mr. Kovacs performed a thorough mechanical freshening and cosmetic refurbishment in the original color scheme. Since the 2004 completion of the 18-month process, the Austin-Healey has accrued only a few hundred miles each year and remains quite fresh today. Having acquired it in 2013, the consignor states that it exhibits “superb cosmetic and mechanical condition.”

Additionally, this 100 M is believed to be one of perhaps 50 such cars that were finished in the unusual Florida Green over white color scheme, and may be one of just eight that still exist today. The unusual paint and black upholstery with white piping are handsomely complemented by the sporty raked windscreen and requisite louvered hood with leather straps.

Presented with this very special 100 M are original manuals, restoration receipts and invoices, photographs of the restoration process, and certificates of authenticity from the BMHT and the 100 M Registry. This Austin-Healey is also accompanied by Perspex side curtains, a tool roll, and a tonneau. Numerous books and reference materials accompany the 100 M as well. The car has been owned by just three stewards for most of its existence, and its superb restoration offers its future owner touring enjoyment or acclaim at British car shows and club events.