1956 Austin-Healey 100 Roadster

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.


Auction Results

  • Sold for: $63,000
  • Auction End: 2022-02-01 19:32:50+00:00
  • Number of Offers: 2
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Comments (16)

  • Offer from Beverly Hills, CA (90212) 3 months, 2 weeksago

    Sold for $63,000

  • $63,000 offer from Beverly Hills, CA (90212) 3 months, 2 weeksago

    Offer in the amount of $63,000

  • $61,500 offer from Littleton, CO (80121) 3 months, 2 weeksago

    Offer in the amount of $61,500

  • getTtake5 3 months, 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $55,500

  • cooperclassics (seller) 3 months, 2 weeksago

    The reserve has been adjusted and lowered - someone will get this car today!

  • cooperclassics (seller) 3 months, 2 weeksago

    @bakkenmotors We do not have them - the cars previous owner passed away. Thank you.

  • bakkenmotors 3 months, 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $55,000

  • bakkenmotors (registered bidder) 3 months, 2 weeksago

    Lemans registry shows a badge bar and lights. what happened to these?

  • JFREI (registered bidder) 3 months, 2 weeksago

    Thanks for underside photos. Bit of filler under the right side of the trunk perhaps? Appears the usual Austin minor oil leaks exist. Lifter cover or coming further down?

  • cooperclassics (seller) 3 months, 2 weeksago

    @JFREI Hello! The underside is in great condition and as nice as the exterior. Please see photos here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mrm5nf04li38n2x/AAAf6uH72Qqi46FKzW3Qnn3qa?dl=0

  • JFREI (registered bidder) 3 months, 2 weeksago

    Any underside photos available? The mildew spotting in the trunk suggests the storage area humidity was too high. Makes m concerns about leather an trunk liner conditions and I assume a new owner will need to recharge the trunk.

  • TJ 3 months, 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $12,345

  • WRENCH.56 (registered bidder) 3 months, 3 weeksago

    You're welcome. Sincere words indeed. I wish I could afford this gem, but I know what it's worth and I can't. Nobody said life was fair!

  • cooperclassics (seller) 3 months, 3 weeksago

    @WRENCH.56 Thank you for your kind words :)

  • WRENCH.56 (registered bidder) 3 months, 3 weeksago

    A beautiful car!
    I found a 56 100-M in a barn in Altamont, NY. in 1963 for $400! It was a retired racer that had belonged to an Inskip mechanic and was the first car I ever restored (such as my restoration skills were as a 19 year old kid). It was an absolute blast to drive and , IMO one of the most beautiful British sports cars ever designed. I actually think it is a way more pure sports car than my current E-Type OTC.
    I'll be watching this one closely.

  • cooperclassics (seller) 3 months, 3 weeksago

    Hello! Good luck everyone - let me know if anyone has any questions about this spectacular Austin Healey. Thank you!

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1956 Austin-Healey 100 Roadster
Final offer: $63,000
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