1956 Austin Healey 100-4 BN2 This Austin Healey 100-4 BN2 was purchased by a Chicago couple in 1956. Soon after the car was purchased, the husband passed away. The widow kept the car in her living room, making sure to keep it out of the harsh Chicago elements. She had it regularly serviced during her ownership of more than forty years. The car was driven once a year and only around the block to keep the engine in working order. A neighbor, who was aware of the car's unique history, purchased the vehicle from the widow with less than 500 original miles. The car soon ended up in the collection of Billy Jacobs as a showpiece and wasn't driven. In 2007, noted Ferrari collector Dr. Ron Mulacek's son purchased the car. In 2008, after making its way to Continental Autosports in Hinsdale, Illinois, the Healey was purchased by Tom Shelton of Florida who had the car inspected by Skip LaCabe of LaCabe Engineering. Skip added the red accent on the all-white Healey and reconditioned the mechanicals; a new stainless steel exhaust, two batteries, a set of new Michelin tires, and completely new brakes were also included. Tom drove the car only 200 miles. The Austin-Healey 100 The Austin-Healey 100 is a sports car built between 1953 and 1956 by the British Motor Corporation (the following model, named the 100-Six and built from 1956 to 1959, is a different car even though it shares the name 100). It was developed by Donald Healey to be produced in-house by Healey's small car company in Warwick and based on Austin A90 Atlantic mechanicals. Healey built a single Healey Hundred for the 1952 London Motor Show, and the design impressed Leonard Lord, Managing Director of Austin so much that a deal was struck with Healey to build it in quantity at Austin's Longbridge factory. The car was renamed the Austin-Healey 100. The 100 name comes from Donald Healey, who selected the name from the car's ability to reach 100 mph (160 km-h), as opposed to the Austin-Healey 3000, which is named for its 3000 cc engine. In 1956, a BN2 100M (for Le Mans) model was developed as well, with larger carburetors, a cold air box to increase airflow to the carburetors, high-lift camshaft and 8.1:1 compression pistons. It produced 110 bhp (82 kW) at 4500 rpm. The front suspension was stiffened and the bonnet gained louvres, along with a bonnet belt. Most (approximately 70%) of the cars were finished with a two-tone paint scheme including two cars finished in unique color schemes: one White over Red and the other (for display at the 1955 London Motor Show) in Black over Pink. There were 640 factory built 100Ms--all 1956 model BN2s. The 100M components (except for the high compression pistons) were also available as a Le Mans kit that could be installed in either a BN1 or BN2 with the engine in situ, improving the power output to 100 bhp (75 kW) at 4500 rpm. The Donald Healey Motor Company at Warwick retrofitted 519 cars with the Le Mans kit after they had been delivered to the original owners. The Le Mans kit and its component parts could be ordered from BMC, so additional cars were modified by Austin dealers and private owners. Built primarily with racing in mind, the aluminum-bodied 100S (for Sebring) model developed 132 bhp (98 kW) at 4700 rpm. Only 50 production cars were made, plus an additional five works development-special test cars that were hand built by the Donald Healey Motor Company at Warwick. The cast iron cylinder head was replaced by one made from aluminum and the overdrive unit was not fitted to the gearbox. Dunlop disc brakes were fitted front and rear. To keep weight to a minimum, there were no bumpers or hood (convertible top), a smaller grille and the windscreen was plastic. The 100S was also the first production car in the world to sport disc brakes at both the front and rear. The car was approximately 200 lb (91 kg) lighter than standard. The majority of all 100S were two-toned White with Lobelia Blue sides. However, a handful of cars where ordered in Spruce Green, Reno Red and one single black 100S. The final BN2 was produced in July 1956. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- We thank you for your interest in Canepa Design. To request further information or submit offers, please call or email: Bruce Canepa

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