joi, 25 februarie 2016

Austin-Healey 100 M 'Le Mans' 1956 - World Of Classic Cars -

Austin-Healey 100 M 'Le Mans' 1956

After building more than 10,000 of their original BN1s in three years, more than half of which were exported to the United States, Austin introduced a new Healey model known as the BN2 for 1955. This car featured a four-speed transmission and was offered both in standard trim and as a new “hot” model, the 100 M. This model adopted larger carburettors, a high-lift cam, higher 8.1:1 compression, stiffer front suspension, and a louvered hood, which was secured by a leather strap. These engine modifications, with the exception of the high-compression pistons, could be dealer-installed as the Le Mans kit, and they were also available at the parts counter for owner application. True factory-built 100 M Le Mans Roadsters accounted for only 640 cars, which are all tracked and documented by a dedicated registry and confirmed by the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust.
Austin-Healey 100 M 'Le Mans' 1956

This factory-built car is documented by its BMIHT certificate as being one of those 640 examples. It was originally built with left-hand drive for American export and was finished in the same colour combination that it wears today, Black and Reno Red. It is also still powered by its original engine. This car has been well cared for over the years, and it displays an impressive level of craftsmanship, including a new red and black interior with colour-coordinated carpet and a black top. The engine bay, with its polished surfaces, is also very presentable.