Pick of the Day: 1955 Austin Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans spec

1955 Austin Healey 100M has the Le Mans spec package
1955 Austin Healey 100M has the Le Mans spec package

When Austin Healey launched the second generation (BN2) of its 100 model in 1955, it added a 100M version. The original Austin Healey 100 earned its number designation from the fact it could achieve a speed of 100 miles per hour.

But with the introduction of the BN2, a higher-performance 100M version was introduced. The 100M came with larger SU carburetors, cold-air intake, high-lift cam and higher-compression pistons. It also had stiffer front suspension, louvered hood (with a leather strap to keep it closed at high speeds), and two-tone paint. Continue reading

Austin Healey 100S racer set for Bonhams’ Scottsdale auction

The Austin Healey 100S was restored by a marque expert
The Austin Healey 100S was restored by a marque expert

A 1955 Austin Healey 100S, a limited-production race car restored to original specifications, has been consigned to Bonhams’ sixth annual Scottsdale sale on January 19 after being with its current owner for a half century.

The right-hand-drive sports racer, chassis number AHS 3610, was one of 55 competition cars produced by the factory during 1954-55. Five were kept for the factory team and the rest went to private owners, where they were popular for club racing and international competitions. Continue reading

What Andy likes at Auction America’s Hilton Head auction

Some of the diverse lineup of collector cars at the Hilton Head auction | Andy Reid photos
Some of the diverse lineup of collector cars at the Hilton Head auction | Andy Reid photos

This marks the second year for the Auctions America Hilton Head auction held as part of the Hilton Head Motoring Festival.  Just as last year’s, this sale literally has something for every kind of collector regardless of interest.

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Pick of the Day: 1961 Austin-Healey 3000

Austin-Healey 3000 has had same owner since 1973 and has been completely restored
Austin-Healey 3000 has had same owner since 1973 and has been completely restored

Pick of the Day is a 1961 Austin-Healey 3000 that the seller has owned since grad school days back in 1973.

According to the advertisement on ClassicCars.com, the car originally was an Arizona car that the seller took to Southern California for seven years before moving to Maryland, where an outfit called Healey Surgeons handled the car’s maintenance from 1980 until 2009. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2016: 1958 Austin-Healey 100-6 BM4 roadster

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1958 Austin-Healey 100-6 BM4 roadster | Barrett-Jackson photos

Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a 30-day series featuring cars from the Tammy Allen Collection to be sold October 13-15 at Barrett-Jacksons 2016 Las Vegas Auction. 

In 1953 Austin-Healey started production with the 4-cylinder 100-4 model and in 1956 offered a new 6-cylinder car that featured revised bodywork, including two small rear jump seats for children. The design came straight from the in-house talent at Healey Motor Company and with the body atop a muscular chassis, utilizing a 90-inch wheelbase.

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Pick of the Day: 1964 Austin Healey Sprite Mk2

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1964 Austin Healey Sprite MK2

Have you always yearned to own a classic British roadster but you think you can’t afford one? Well, I have some good news for you and some no-so-good news. If you have always wanted one of these open-topped, dual SU carb-equipped marvels from the UK there is a car that fits the bill and, even better, that costs less than $10,000 to buy and a pittance to keep running. It’s the Austin Healey Sprite.

Pick of the day is this 1964 Mk2 Austin Healey Sprite located in Stratford, Connecticut. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1967 Austin Healey 3000 BJ8

The 1967 Austin Healey 3000 looks to be in splendid condition
The 1967 Austin Healey 3000 looks to be in splendid condition

With mixed feelings, I noted the Hagerty report this week about the relative values of specific collector cars in relation with value trends in the market as a whole. My ambivalence came from the result for the Austin Healey 3000, which finished dead last in the listing, garnering 7 out of 100 points, with 50 being the median for a car that is keeping up with the market trends; anything higher means it’s moving ahead, anything lower means it’s falling behind.

The Healey’s low result shows that the British sports car has crested in value, and has even fallen back slightly for No. 1 quality examples. This for a car that a decade ago was setting records for its soaring popularity at collector car auctions. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1959 Austin Healey 100-6 BN6

The 1959 Austin Healey 100-6 BN6 is favored because of its purity of style
The 1959 Austin Healey 100-6 BN6 is favored because of its purity of style

In the fast-moving collector car market, Big Healeys are yesterday’s news. After flying up in value as “flavor of the month” for a number of years, the popular British sports cars have settled in at a moderate price level, although pristine restored examples still break into six figures. Naturally, that doesn’t include rare racing models, which are in a different class altogether.

For the true Healey believers, the early years of the six-cylinder roadsters are the purest in character, such as the Pick of the Day, a 1959 Austin Healey 100-6 BN6. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1959 Austin Healey ‘Bugeye’ Sprite

The very basic 1959 Austin Healey ‘Bugeye’ Sprite always puts on a happy face
The very basic 1959 Austin Healey ‘Bugeye’ Sprite always puts on a happy face

During most of the 1950s, there were not any inexpensive sports cars. If you wanted a cheap sports car, you had to buy one used, and typically a car that was far from perfect. But in the late 1950’s, Donald Healey had the idea to create a sports car for the people, which would be affordable, something that was fun to drive, easy to service and distinctive looking. The car he gave us was the Austin Healey Sprite, known as the “Bugeye” in the US or “Frogeye” in the UK. Continue reading

Donald Healey’s wristwatch going to Bonhams auction

Donald Healey, wearing the Rolex, shows an engine at the Triumph factory during the 1930s | Bonhams photo
Donald Healey, wearing the Rolex, shows an engine at the Triumph factory during the 1930s | Bonhams photo

For the many admirers of British automotive visionary Donald Healey, Bonhams has a coveted piece of his personal history coming up for auction: Healey’s vintage Rolex wristwatch. Continue reading