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Thursday 20 February 2020

1954 AUSTIN HEALEY 100/4 (BN1) - SILVERSTONE AUCTIONS Race Retro Sale Saturday 22nd February 2020 Warwickshire Exhibition Centre Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth CV8 2LG



Race Retro Sale
Saturday 22nd February 2020
Warwickshire Exhibition Centre
Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth CV8 2LG

1954 AUSTIN HEALEY 100/4 (BN1)
Chassis number:
Right-hand Drive
Registration number:
996 YUX
Engine number:
Odometer Reading:

  • Delivered new in right-hand drive to Australia and repatriated to the UK in 2013
  • BN1 100/69 was finished in Healey Blue and sold to S.Todhunter on 25/11/1954 to be registered as ASL-158
  • Matching numbers (219137) and original colour. Heritage Certificate on file
  • Recent top-end rebuild with unleaded valves. Carbs and brakes fully overhauled
  • Gently patinated across all finishes, matching blue hood, side screens and tonneau cover
  • Good history file with the Heritage Certificate, current V5c, assorted invoices and receipts
This rather lovely and very early, right-hand drive, Austin-Healey 100/4 (BN1-219137) was dispatched from the Austin factory in Longbridge in September of 1954, finished in Ice Blue with a blue interior and matching blue hood, and destined for Australia. It was received thereby Larke Hoskins Motors who were the NSW distributor for Austin-Healeys and allocated their Serial No 344 prior to being transported to John Crouch Motors in Flinders Street, Sydney where it arrived on November the 24th.  The very next day its eager first owner, a Mr S Todhunter, collected his gleaming Healey and registered it ASL-158. This is a spectacularly good looking car now so imagine how proud Sam Todhunter would have felt 65 years ago as he rasped his way around the streets of central Sydney on a warm afternoon.
Repatriated in 2013 by our vendor, a highly knowledgeable classic car collector, who hand-picked this car to ship back to the UK due to its excellent condition. Residing for almost 60 years in the warm dry climate of Australia the chassis was noted to be extremely well preserved.
Today this example remains in its original colour combination of Ice Blue paintwork with a blue interior and pleasingly is still partnered by its original engine. Overall the car presents with a wonderful even patination across all finishes, not at all tired or worn out, just well kept and really presentable, something, of course, that is always lost in a fully restored example. Reported to run and drive very well, this 100/4 has recently benefitted from a top-end rebuild with an unleaded valve upgrade and an overhaul of the carburettors and braking system. It's offered with wet weather equipment and its history file containing the Heritage Certificate supporting matching numbers, the current V5c and other assorted invoices and receipts.
Tricky to find in such beautiful condition, this quintessentially British classic is full of character and will always be highly sought after by both collectors and enthusiasts alike.

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