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1956 Austin-Healey 100M "Le Mans" Roadster

110 bhp, 2,660 cc inline four-cylinder engine, dual S.U. H 6 carburetors, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with coil springs and anti-roll bar, rigid rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs and anti-sway bar, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 90"

- One of only 640 Le Mans Healeys built from the factory
- Documented in the 100M Le Mans Registry
- Complete with a British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate
- California black plate car
- Fresh, nut-and-bolt restoration by marquee specialist Kurt Tanner

As confirmed by the 100M “Le Mans” Registry and the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust, this genuine factory-built 100M is one of just 640 examples produced and is a left-hand drive export model, which was completed on April 27th, 1956 and delivered to a dealer in the United States. In addition to its Le Mans-specific upgrades, this 100M included such factory-fitted equipment as wire wheels, a laminated windscreen, a heater, and an original numbered louvered bonnet.

Still equipped with its original California black plates, this Healey was last registered in 1967 and is believed to have been off the road since then. Included with the sale of this 100M Le Mans roadster is an original California title from 1965, the original owner’s manual, the original jack and handle, a tool roll, and a knock off hammer. Additionally, the car is also fitted with a Lucas bar and fog lamps as well as a period-correct reproduction Moto-Lita wood steering wheel. Featuring a four-speed manual transmission with overdrive, this car is also fitted with five new and correct Dunlop bronze painted 48-spoke wire wheels that are shod with Michelin 165x15 ZX radial tires.

Finished in its original factory colors of Healey Blue over Ivory with a navy leather interior accented by cream piping, this 100M Le Mans roadster benefits from a freshly completed bare metal, nut-and-bolt, rotisserie and mechanical restoration by noted marque specialist Kurt Tanner Restorations. Restored to Austin-Healey Club Gold Concours standards with particular attention to fit and finish in all areas, this example features all the original numbered cockpit railings. All the original panels remain on the car with the exception of the trunk lid, which was replaced at some time.

An excellent overall example – not only because it is a genuine factory-built “Le Mans” roadster, of which only about 170 are known to have survived, but also because it has been freshly restored to the highest standards by a marque specialist – this car has excellent documentation hasn’t been seen in over 40 years. It remains one of the best examples ever offered.

Addendum

Please note that this vehicle is titled by the engine number 1B232109M.

 

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