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V8-Powered 1954 Austin-Healey 100-4

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$56,000

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Highest Bid: $56,000 (USD) by: Sidedraft

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Chassis/VIN:

1B215090MA

Location:

Los Angeles, California

Odometer:

5,550 (Mi)

Lot Number:

9750144

Engine:

350ci V8

Seller:

Private Party

Transmission:

Manual

Carfax:

TITLE/VIN CHECK  

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Highest Bid: $56,000 (USD) by: Sidedraft

Auction Type:  Reserve

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Chassis/VIN:

1B215090MA

Location:

Los Angeles, California

Odometer:

5,550 (Mi)

Lot Number:

9750144

Engine:

350ci V8

Seller:

Private Party

Transmission:

Manual

Carfax:

TITLE/VIN CHECK  

Confirmed

 

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Vehicle Story

This 1954 Austin-Healey 100 BN1 two-seat roadster is a British-built blue-and-gold California license plate example powered by a Chevrolet-sourced 350ci V8 paired with a Muncie M21 close-ratio 4-speed manual transmission. The car has reportedly received in excess of $10,000 in maintenance since 2007, including recent work to the alternator, radiator, and other mechanical systems. The drivetrain is now described as being mechanically sorted and features performance enhancements such as an Edelbrock intake manifold, high-compression heads, and a 750-cfm carburetor. Finished in a white respray over a reupholstered red Naugahyde interior, this 100 is now offered with service records, a tonneau cover, and a clear California title in the seller’s name.

Constructed between 1953 and 1956, the Austin-Healey 100 was based on mechanicals from the Austin A90. This 1954 example was reportedly the product of a custom build in the 1960s tuned for both street-driving as well as race events at Irwindale Speedway in Southern California. The car was subsequently the subject of a multi-year restoration process under later ownership, and the exterior is described as being free of rust or filler underneath the newer coat of white paint. The windshield folds to a nearly flat position, and brightwork around the exterior includes chrome bumpers with overriders, headlight rings, handles, trim, and a dual exhaust system with polished tips. A red zippered tonneau cover is included.

Radir aluminum five-spoke wheels with spinner caps are wrapped in tires with good life remaining. The rear suspension features leaf springs and air shocks, and the front is fully independent. The master cylinder and brakes were changed in 2021, and the car received a subsequent alignment.

The interior features reupholstered red Naugahyde bucket seats split by an aluminum-finished center tunnel and matching door panels and looped carpeting. Add-ons include a three-spoke wood and aluminum Moto-Lita steering wheel, a Don Garlits Performance dash plaque, and a custom fuel tank housed in the trunk beneath carpeted panels.

Instrumentation is provided by Stewart Warner gauges housed within an engine-turned aluminum bezel and includes a 160-mph speedometer, an 8k-rpm tachometer, and readouts for fuel level, coolant temperature, and more. The five-digit mechanical odometer reads approximately 5k miles, though true chassis mileage is unknown.

The replacement Chevrolet-sourced 350ci V8 is estimated to produce 375 horsepower, features a four-bolt main short block, and has been balanced and fitted with high-compression camel-hump “fuelie” heads, a Competition Cams bump stick, and an Edelbrock Performer intake manifold. Additional engine bay upgrades include a 750-cfm carburetor with electric choke, finned aluminum valve covers, and a chrome-finished air cleaner. Maintenance performed earlier in 2021 included the installation of a custom radiator, a replacement alternator, a battery kill switch, and a new coolant reservoir. Power is fed to the rear wheels via a Muncie M21 close-ratio 4-speed manual transmission. The rear end was sourced from a 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle and features a 3.08 gear ratio.

Photos showing the underside are available in the carousel.

The sale includes a tonneau cover and maintenance records dating back to 2007. Two videos are available for viewing below.

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Comments & Questions

August 01, 2021
09:46 AM
Seller

@horizonhunter – This beautiful car looks a little small. Is there room for my size ten feet? And is there a cigarette lighter or USB-port to charge up my stupid phone? Thanks. ...

Hi…Men with both size ten and twelve have driven this vehicle just fine. No USB or cigarette lighter, I’ve always charged my phone up before driving it.

August 01, 2021
08:55 AM
Bidder

This beautiful car looks a little small. Is there room for my size ten feet? And is there a cigarette lighter or USB-port to charge up my stupid phone? Thanks.

July 31, 2021
08:21 PM
Seller

@BIGVIN48 – Hi very interesting car. No offense but is it some kind of replica?? Is the body metal or fiberglass? The underside looks great but is it the stock Healy frame?? Thanks Vin ...

Hi…it’s an original Austin Healy with a lot of love put into it. The frame is metal and stock as far as I know.

July 31, 2021
08:09 PM

Hi very interesting car. No offense but is it some kind of replica?? Is the body metal or fiberglass? The underside looks great but is it the stock Healy frame?? Thanks Vin

July 31, 2021
04:51 PM

Greetings Seller, Keith in Boise asking how much room (in inches ) there is between firewall and distibutor cap. It does not appear to be a HEI unit and looks real tight. Love the car.

July 31, 2021
09:57 AM
Seller

@BLUESMAN – I’m in Los Angeles. Can the car be viewed prior to final sale? ...

Yes, that can be coordinated.

July 31, 2021
08:41 AM

I’m in Los Angeles. Can the car be viewed prior to final sale?

July 30, 2021
06:46 PM
Seller

@RacecaR – Re the little winglets at the backs of the wheel openings, can you you test with a magnet to see if they are fabricated from metal? Thanks. ...

Hi…The magnet sticks.

July 30, 2021
08:18 AM

Re the little winglets at the backs of the wheel openings, can you you test with a magnet to see if they are fabricated from metal? Thanks.

July 29, 2021
03:09 PM
Seller

@horizonhunter – Wondering if it has a scattershield & also if the California registration is current? ...

Hi…it has a custom aluminum firewall built by the previous owner, but I have no information on a scatter shield. California registration is current. Thanks!

July 29, 2021
02:53 PM
Bidder

Wondering if it has a scattershield & also if the California registration is current?

July 29, 2021
12:30 PM
Seller

@FruitAve – Looking over photos and reading posts regarding the possibility of installing a lid, I notice there are no windows on the car? So even if you did install a top, you would not have side windows. Just confirming, as it is difficult to say with 100% confidence without physically inspecting ...

Hi! If you search online “Austin Healy 100 Side Curtains” you can see how side “windows” are added.

July 29, 2021
11:47 AM

Looking over photos and reading posts regarding the possibility of installing a lid, I notice there are no windows on the car? So even if you did install a top, you would not have side windows. Just confirming, as it is difficult to say with 100% confidence without physically inspecting

July 29, 2021
11:34 AM
Seller

@StevieP – SO being brand new to the world of Austin Healeys can you get a roof for these cars because I am correct in that this car has no roof correct? How do you go about puttin a roof on them? I am almost 70 and now in my life am hoping maybe i can own one of these they seem like a really cool car. Also are they a problematic car or are they reliable? Thank you ...

I personally haven’t explored putting a top on this car but I’ve heard it can be done. As far as problematic, I’ve had this car for 14 years and the only reason it wouldn’t start is if the battery had died. I installed a battery kill switch to avoid having to unhook the battery if it was going to sit for awhile. Other than that, general maintenance is all it needs. I just redid the breaks and had it tuned up and aligned. It’s a great car, I’m only selling it because I’m moving.

July 29, 2021
11:22 AM
Seller

@wyatt – Is the body an actual metal healy body or is it a fiberglass body . Thanks for your time nice car with potential but this needs an owner with mechanical skills so im interested. ...

The body is metal.

July 29, 2021
10:17 AM

SO being brand new to the world of Austin Healeys can you get a roof for these cars because I am correct in that this car has no roof correct? How do you go about puttin a roof on them? I am almost 70 and now in my life am hoping maybe i can own one of these they seem like a really cool car. Also are they a problematic car or are they reliable? Thank you

July 28, 2021
04:39 PM

Is the body an actual metal healy body or is it a fiberglass body . Thanks for your time nice car with potential but this needs an owner with mechanical skills so im interested.

July 28, 2021
08:03 AM

A set of undercarriage photos has been added to the gallery.

July 28, 2021
01:22 AM
Seller

@Gregselvidge – WILL AN ORIGINAL TOP FIT ON THE CAR THE WAY IT IS ALSO SIDE CURTAINS THANKS GREG ...

Hi @Gregselvidge, I’m not sure. If you would like measurements of the cockpit lmk. Thanks

July 28, 2021
01:19 AM
Seller

@FruitAve – In your description above you state there was a multi-year restoration that took place. Can you provide some input as to the years that restoration took place? Can you also provide some details as to what that restoration entailed? You state there are "Air Shocks" in the back. Is there a compressor in the trunk or somewhere else on the car to control the suspension? Also is there significance to the Don Garlits plaque on the dash, was he or an entity affiliated with the build or the car? How many gallons does the gas tank hold? In your opinion how does the car handle and drive- anything that you would compare it to? Your input is greatly appreciated!! ...

Hi @FruitAve, The restoration took place roughly 1977-2007 by an Aerospace Engineer here in Southern California. Everything mentioned in the add above was completed by him aside from the maintenance records attached in the add. I purchased it in 2007 from him and it became part of a collection of 100 vehicles, mostly classics. I don’t remember if/where the compressor is. I will check on that. Photos of the suspension were submitted today and should be up soon. The prior seller only mentioned the Don Garlits emblem as a “rare plaque”. So the story behind that is a mystery. I believe it has a 14 gallon tank, I’ve only put around 600 miles on it since it’s purchase and have never had to put more than 10 gallons in to top it off around 1/4 tank. I’ve driven from Palm Springs to LA on less than a tank. It drives really well. The only car I can compare it to is an original Cobra. It’s so fast and so light it almost has the feeling of a motorcycle when you roll the windshield down. If you gas it in fourth gear around 60mph, it jolts forward really fast. It’s a great car, and every time I drive it people want information and photos. It sounds great and looks pretty. Hope this helps!

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