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Estimate: £40,000 - £45,000
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The Austin Healey has become one of the best known British classic cars of the 1950s and 1960s following spectacular success in international rallying and on the race track. The BN1 was built between 1953 until 1956 and was equipped with an Austin A90, 2660 cc, four cylinder engine, which gave 94 bhp and a top speed of over 100 mph. By the time the BN2 was released in 1955, the Austin Healey 100S, a limited production run of 55 racing cars, was becoming well known for its ability at circuit rallying and racing. This led to the production of the Le Mans 100M variation of the BN2 and this Le Mans specification kit was available with the BN2 but was also popular with BN1 owners. The engine power was increased from 90 bhp to either 100 or 110 bhp, depending on the camshaft fitted. The Le Mans kits also had bigger carburettors and changes were made to the distributor, valve springs and a stiffened front anti roll bar was added. This 1954 Austin Healy BN1 is a home market delivered 100-4 that has covered an incredible 29,000 miles from new. NBT 641 was converted in period to 100-M Le Mans specification, a popular modification at the time, as BN1 owners looked to improve performance from a 4-cylinder powerplant that was prime for tweaking. There are original bills in the history file from Donald Healey, who we believe carried out the 100-M modifications. There are also further bills going back throughout this car's life and MoT test certificates back to the 1960s, which substantiate the extremely low mileage of this example. NBT 641 was acquired by the current owner approximately five years ago from a family that had owned the car continuously from 1966 to 2008. In 2009 this Healey was the subject of an extensive ground up restoration by renowned marque specialist Peter Ellis at a cost of over £40,000. Photographs in the history file show the car taken back to a bare chassis and completely rebuilt with no expense spared. This restoration focused on using strictly original and refurbished parts and as photographs suggest, the car was far from barn find condition and in running order prior to the restoration.Finished in Healey Ice Blue with matching navy blue interior, this Mille Miglia eligible car has covered only running in mileage since completion and is offered in excellent condition both mechanically and aesthetically. A recent road test by a Silverstone Auctions employee confirms that this car drives extremely well with healthy oil pressure and tight and precise handling. Unquestionably, there are very few original right-hand drive BN1 Healeys in existence that have covered 29,000 miles, boast period 100M modifications and benefit from a restoration by one of the world's leading Austin Healey specialists.