The Austin-Healey 100 made its name by achieving 100 mph and the -6 stood for 6 cylinder.
This Stunning California Sage and Saddle interior 1959 Austin-Healey 100-6 is a two-seater roadster with detachable top. Serial # BN6 L3559 nut and bolt restoration-completed 3 years ago. Current owner has owned it since 1980. Original Engine. Side windows and removable top/frame in great condition. This 100-6 has 75,535 miles on its odometer It is left- hand drive with a 5 speed fully synchronized manual Toyota Gear box. Original transmission is included in sale.
"B" indicates an Austin engine between 2000 and 3000cc. "N" designates a two-seater. The Austin Healey 100 was introduced late September 1956 and produced until 1959. 95% of the cars were left-hand drive, and 59% were bound for the United States. A replacement for the Austin Healey 100, it was followed by the Austin Healey 3000; together, the three models have become known as the Big Healeys. Assembled at the MG plant at Abingdon. 14,436 100-6s were produced before production ended in 1959.
The 6-cylinder engine 2639cc/102hp 2x1bbl - C-Series I6 has a 2 in longer wheelbase than it's predecessor- the 100. A more powerful straight- 6 cylinder engine in place of the 100's larger in- line 4. The body lines were slightly streamlined with a smaller, oval grill placed lower, an air scoop was added to the bonnet, and the windscreen was fixed and no longer folded inward. Additional tail lamps at the rear fender, and a lengthened body was used to accommodate the larger engine. The 100-6 was produced in two, the 2+2 BN4 from 1956 onwards and the 2-seat BN6 in 1958-9. In 1957 the performance increased to 117 bhp (87 kW) by fitting a revised manifold and cylinder head. This car has a Smitty Conversion and Disc brakes. Bolt Precision refurbished the motor with harder valves and a B78 Camshaft.The BN6 was tested by The Motor magazine in 1959 had a top speed of 103.9 mph (167.2 km/h) and could accelerate from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 10.7 seconds.
The BN6 was tested by The Motor magazine in 1959 had a top speed of 103.9 mph (167.2 km/h) and could accelerate from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 10.7 seconds.
Donald Healey who created the Nash Healey saw there was a market for fun sporty cars in the US that handled well, but was more refined than a MG and less expensive than a Jaguar. He and a small development team began a list of cars that were affordable and could also do 100 mph. It was a short list! Five of the 7 Austin Healeys would finish the 1955 Sebring 12 hour race, competing with Ferrari’s and Maserati’s.
Donald Healey used parts from various Austins, but asked designer Gerry Coker to finish the puzzle. To add a little pizzazz, Coker used his Parker fountain pen as the muse for creating the chrome spear partially outlining the “coves”. This cutoff line for the two-tone paint identifies the 100. The Healey 100 debuted at the Earl's Court Motor Show October 1952. The Austin Motor Co requested they build this stunning car- they could build more than Healey – hence the name Austin Healey!