We are pleased to present this 1956 Austin-Healey 100 BN2 Roadster finished in two-tone Reno Red and Black over a matching leather interior. Designed in-house by Donald Healey based on the Austin A90 Atlantic saloon, the Austin-Healey 100 was built from 1953-1956 and derived its name from the car’s ability to reach 100 MPH. The second-generation BN2 introduced a four-speed manual transmission, larger front wheel arches, a unique rear axle, and an optional 100M performance package with larger carburetors, a cold air intake box, high-compression pistons, a high-lift camshaft, and a revised front suspension. This 1956 example was sold new in Yokohama, Japan, and was the subject of a full bare metal restoration in 1991 including the addition of the 100M Le Mans performance package. Following the restoration, this BN2 Roadster earned Gold level certification from the Austin-Healey Concours Registry in 1993 and has remained part of a large private collection in Maryland. Accompanied by a certificate from the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust, this beautifully restored numbers-matching 100 Roadster is now being offered for auction by its seller out of New York.
This Austin-Healey was stripped down to bare metal and refinished in the period-correct theme of Reno Red and Black during the 1991 restoration. The entirety of this process is documented on a USB flash drive and consists of 25+ hours of restoration footage that will accompany the sale along with a black soft top and side curtains. A 100M-style adjustable windshield was also fitted along with the corresponding louvered hood and a leather tie-down strap. Other details include chrome bumpers with overriders, chrome fender accents, and fender-mounted chrome mirrors. Detailed images are provided in the photo gallery. This 100 Roadster rides on chrome wire wheels with two-ear knock-off hubs and new 205/70 General Altimax tires.
The cockpit features bucket seats trimmed in black leather with red piping along with matching door panels, black carpeting, a black dashboard, and Austin-Healey rubber floor mats. Equipment includes a heater, a dash-mounted rearview mirror, an upholstered center armrest with a chrome ashtray, a wood-rimmed steering wheel, and Smiths instrumentation consisting of a 120-MPH speedometer, a 6k-RPM tachometer, and auxiliary gauges for amperage, a temperature, and an analog clock. The signatures of Gerry Coker, the designer of the Austin-Healey 100, and Roy Jackson Moore, competition manager for North American Austin, appear on the inside of the trunk lid.
This Austin-Healey 100 is powered by a 2.6L inline four-cylinder engine that generates up to 110 HP equipped with the 100M Le Mans Modification Kit, which adds larger dual SU carburetors, an aluminum intake manifold, a higher-flow airbox, high-compression 8:1:1 pistons, and a high-lift camshaft. The engine stamping 1B/232253 matches the number listed on the BMIHT certification. The seller reports this Austin-Healey has been serviced in preparation for delivery including a tune-up and new tires.
This sale will include a British Motor Industry Heritage trust certificate mounted in a frame with the 1993 Austin-Healey Concours Gold Award, and photos featuring the car before and after the restoration. A classic English roadster with rich history, this award-winning 1956 Austin-Healey 100 BN2 Roadster is ready to be displayed, driven, and enjoyed by a new caretaker.