DT: 1959 Austin-Healey 100-6 BN6 Roadster

The BN6 variant of the Austin-Healey 100-6 was introduced in 1958 with a new cast-aluminum 6-port intake manifold, larger valves, and higher compression to boost horsepower from 101 HP to 117 HP. This example was acquired by the seller in 1998 after a refresh that included a rebuilt transmission, refurbishment of the electrical system, refinishing of the chrome brightwork, and new floorboards, upholstery, carpeting, and a new black soft top. Among the rarest and most desirable Austin-Healey roadsters, only 285 examples of the BN6 are said to have been exported in 1959. Accompanied by service records, spare original parts, and a clean Virginia title, this Austin-Healey is now being offered at auction by its seller out of Maryland.

The exterior is finished in red with a black convertible soft top that is currently removed along with the side windows. Equipment includes fender-mounted chrome mirrors, chrome bumpers with overriders, a chrome fuel cap, a chrome grille, and a chrome hood scoop. Detailed images are provided in the photo gallery. This BN6 rides on 15” chrome wire wheels with knock-off hubs and Cooper Sport 1000 Metric G/T tires.

The cockpit features a pair of bucket seats reupholstered in black vinyl with a matching dashboard, door panels, and new black carpeting. Accessories include a passenger-side grab bar, a heater, a fire extinguisher, a banjo-style steering wheel, a wooden shift knob, a dash-mounted rearview mirror, and Smiths instrumentation.

This BN6 is equipped with a 2,639cc straight-six engine featuring dual SU carburetors and an output of up to 117 HP and 142 lb.-ft of torque. The rear wheels are driven by a four-speed manual transmission with overdrive, allowing the 100-6 to reach a top speed of 115 MPH. Recent maintenance is said to have included replacing the driver-side wheel cylinders, the passenger-side brake hose, the front wheel bearings, and adjustment and bleeding of the braking system in 2021. The seller reports the radiator and generator were replaced in 2006.

This sale will include a clean Virginia title, some removed parts, and service records.

 
 
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Comments (24)

  • tberrydc (seller) 6 days, 1 hourago

    @Clem yes I am.

  • Clem (registered bidder) 6 days, 4 hoursago

    @tberrydc Are you around on Thursday this week ?

  • i8dailyev 6 days, 7 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $33,000

  • tberrydc (seller) 6 days, 7 hoursago

    @3peddleonly From the better late than never department, a driving video has been uploaded.

  • getTtake5 6 days, 7 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $32,500

  • i8dailyev 6 days, 7 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $32,000

  • tberrydc (seller) 6 days, 7 hoursago

    @Clem About half way between Easton and St. Michael’s.

  • getTtake5 6 days, 7 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $31,000

  • i8dailyev 6 days, 7 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $30,000

  • getTtake5 6 days, 7 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $27,000

  • tdskip 6 days, 7 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $24,999

  • tdskip 6 days, 8 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $23,999

  • Clem (registered bidder) 6 days, 9 hoursago

    Can you share whee you are located in Easton Md ?

  • tdskip 6 days, 9 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $21,999

  • 3peddleonly (registered bidder) 6 days, 10 hoursago

    I just saw this car for sale... I have a hard time bidding without a driving video showing shifting and overdrive functioning properly. While I realize it is a driver, why not show it in motion?

  • TomO 6 days, 10 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $5,300

  • WRENCH.56 (registered bidder) 1 weekago

    The first car I ever did a DIY restoration on was a 56 Healey 100-M. This early 100-6 is about as close as you can get to the purity of design and the driving experience that was the 100, except that it sounds way better and has a smoother, better balanced engine.
    I have a friend who owned one of these and I will tell anyone that they are truly enjoyable to drive.
    As far as design and road “feel” goes, in comparison, you couldn’t give me a jump-seat Healey,
    I’m watching this one!

  • GSuttles 1 weekago

    Bid in the amount of $5,000

  • Rennwagen (registered bidder) 1 weekago

    Lovely driver BN6 and makes me miss mine. These are often overlooked in the Healey world but have the more powerful version of the early 6 (which sounds incredible as it revs) plus some of the cleanest lines because there are only two seats. Most all of the 100-6 models and the later 3000 had these miniscule +2 “seats” that did little except require the cockpit trim be lengthened which spoils the lines. Same for the flip back top on later models—spoils the lines. Give me a BN6 or early 3000 2-seater any day over the others. GLWS!

  • tberrydc (seller) 1 week, 1 dayago

    @dwagner275 Vehicle is rust free…as captured in photos. The top fits snugly but to be perfectly candid, I haven’t used it in years. I prefer the cleaner look sans top and use the tonneau cover when the car is in the garage. Plus, I very rarely drive the car in inclement weather.

  • dwagner275 (registered bidder) 1 week, 1 dayago

    Does the body have or has had rust? Does the top fit?

  • tberrydc (seller) 1 week, 2 daysago

    @Handsofstone Not sure which car, the Healey or the TR-6, is faster but, as you say, both are a blast to drive (especially on winding back roads).

  • Handsofstone (registered bidder) 1 week, 3 daysago

    I have had the fortune to own quite a few cars from muscle cars to exotics and more, but I think probably my favorite.......and maybe it was my age and just what was going on at the time.......was a 1976 Triumph TR6...........I would say this car is similar and really makes me want to find room and bring it home. It is not always about speed which makes these cars fun......although I am sure this is faster than the TR6 I owned!!!!!

  • tberrydc (seller) 1 week, 6 daysago

    Welcome to the auction of the 1959 Austin Healey 100-Six. Please don’t hesitate to hit CONTACT SELLER button if you have any questions about the vehicle. Best of luck with the bidding.

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DT: 1959 Austin-Healey 100-6 BN6 Roadster
Buy Now: $42,000 Final Bid: $33,000
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