• Chassis # BN2L 228366
  • Engine # 1B228366M
  • A Genuine Factory 'Le Mans' Per Accompanying 100M Registry Certificate
  • A Numbers Matching Example Per Accompanying BMIHT Certificate
  • Exquisite Restoration by Marque Expert
  • Complete With Correct Jack, Tools, Spare & Weather Gear + Accessories
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The Overview

Making its debut at the 1952 London Motor Show, the Healey 100 was one of the most raved about cars of its time. It spurred such a ruckus amongst enthusiasts that the acting director of Austin, Leonard Lord, took enough interest to add “Austin” in front of the name through a partnership deal proposed by Donald Healey. With funding in place the Austin Healey 100-4 began its short production run from 1953 until 1956. As this new British sports car entered the market, it became evident that these little roadsters were quite a machine both on the road and the track.  100-4’s took to circuits worldwide as both factory race cars and privateer entrants. Proving themselves on the track, these agile 4-cylinder sports cars largely contributed to Austin Healey’s success as a road car, allowing for significant near term progression, evolving into the “100-6” and “3000” examples.

There is one instance in its brief history where the pinnacle of racing success was realized for Austin Healey. At the 1954 24 Hours of Le Mans the 100-4 factory race cars, which were then “Le Mans” prototypes, performed well enough to achieve second in class and 12th overall, an astounding achievement for the young company. It was then decided that for 1955 and 1956 a special edition of the 100-4 would be produced to commemorate the success and offer the enthusiast base buyers of these fine sports cars an opportunity to enjoy the best of what the company could offer. As such, only 640 factory-built 100M Le Mans would produce during their brief production run. As such, owners of standard 100-4’s who could not get their hands on the factory built examples went back to the dealer for the “M Modification” and upgrades.  The factory Le Mans upgrades included a louvered bonnet, special aluminum cold air box, special cam, tuned carburetors, and ignition amongst other subtleties.  This formula produced a potent little racer that was much quicker than the original with sporty looks and a superb performer.

The example on offer, a 1955 Austin Healey 100M Le Mans, Chassis # BN2L228366 is a genuine certified example. Both by the accompanying British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate. As well as also having the 100M Registry Certification, issued in March of 2015. Unfortunately early history of this example is long lost beyond knowing that it was original a USA export model. Circa 2010 renowned 100M restorer Bart Van Tiggelen acquired this particular 100M and restoration was completed in 2013/2014 The car was then sold to a Belgian collector via a well-known and respected Dutch dealer. Later the Healey found its way to Philadelphia with its owner upon relocating stateside. Here it has been driven and enjoyed regularly as well as shown. Placing first in class at the Radnor Hunt Concours in 2017. The list of credentials also includes a current registration with FIVA.

Included in the sale is a wonderful assortment of both accessories and literature including but not limited to:

-Correct Original Owners Manual with BN2 Supplemental manual

-Correct Original Service Manual

-Correct Original KeyFob

-Correct Tool Kit + Hammer + Spare

-Correct Side Curtains with soft cases

-Original Factory Literature

-Original Period Accessory Literature

-Original Period Articles & Advertisements Featuring the Austin Healey 100

-Reproduction Warranty Paperwork

…And More. A compendium of information to match the quality and thoroughness of a properly restored example. This 100M checks every box for the serious collector looking to add an icon of the 1950’s sports car scene to their collection. For use in tours, rallies, concours or at the turn of a key on any given day.

The Details


body and paint

The body and paint are exemplary of of talent and abilities that marque specialists tend to exude. Excellent panel fitment, door gaps, and attention to keeping the metal thin in all areas with minimal indication of filler use. The paint has a deep luster and few flaws. Of which the only one that stands out enough to mention is on the drivers side wheel arch. Which is an 1/8th inch chip right on the edge of wheel arch. Minor. It should be noted that inspecting the car anywhere reveals careful attention to the detail, including spot welds, carefully placed stainless fender welting and even the bolts/washer are timed.

glass and trim

The windshield does not appear to be the original in our opinion.

All brightwork, glass, lenses, bezels, badges and the like appear correct, properly refinished, and are without any real flaws noted. Upon closer inspection we can see things like correct Lucas headlights. As well as the addition of a year correct Belgian Touring Club Badge, Lucas accessory fog lamps like the ones fitted to the Le Mans race cars of the period. All things considered, the finer, detail oriented items have all seen proper attention. The only other items worth noting are that the rear bumper over riders have been removed (on purpose) and the cockpit surround, on the drivers door, shows an ever so slight scratch/scuff.


The wheels are correct painted dunlop wire wheels, right down to the stickers with no issues noted.


seats and surfaces

Though a relatively spartan interior for the purposes of simply driving. This examples interior continues the theme of attention to detail. Correct materials are featured throughout with no deviation from original. Even correct screws can be found at every attachment point. Under the dash is just as nice as the rest of the car. The seats show signs of use and the carpets the same. The sole owner of this freshly restored example has been very careful to get in and out of the car without ever leaving a mark and it shows. The only additions are that of a custom made steering wheel (original included) and a smiths timing piece to add to the period correct racer feeling of the interior. A fire extinguisher is also located under the dash on the storage tray, passenger side.

functionality and accessories

Having tested all systems for function, this 100M has no known issues. Everything is working as of the time all systems were tested.

engine bay and trunk

engine bay

The theme continues in the engine bay. Correctness, attention to detail, but nothing showing over restoration. A careful balance of correct coatings and finishes, dullness were correct, and shiny where correct. The ubiquitous 100M cold-air box appears to be an original which can sometimes be hard to find on a 100M. Every clamp, wire, and even the routing of cables and wires is tidy and likely in order the very same as when these cars left the factory. The only non-factory addition is a spark plug holder. The only flaws would be related to cleanliness as there are plenty of signs of use, but in the way of superficial items that simply need cleaning/detailing to be considered near perfect once again. The only glaring issue is the brake reservoir of which the black paint has started to peel due to the corrosive nature of brake fluid (common).

trunk area

The trunk is tidy with correct materials and placement of those materials used correctly throughout. Right down to the reproduction warning tag on the batter kill switch. Removing the trunk coverings reveals more proper metal and paint work that has been completed, even in places one rarely sees.



While we do not have receipts for the restoration, as the restorer was also the owner. This car is indicative of a car that has 100% seen total mechanical restoration and rebuilding, of all aspects, throughout the drive line. Starts easily, runs smooth, and makes good power throughout the rev range. The temperatures stay within there respective recommended operating ranges and the oil pressure does the same. There are no issues to be noted with this aspect of the car. Anything found, perhaps in the way of a minor leak or weep is the result of the engineering of the time, materials, and nature of an automobile from 1955.


The transmission shifts as intended. Decisively, with good syncros, and the overdrive works in 3rd and 4th as intended wit hno issues noted. The clutch operation is smooth with positive feedback.

brakes and suspension

The brakes are consistent with the rest of the vehicle. Serviced, and performing correctly. No pulling or negative feedback noted. The suspension is quiet and there are no issues to note.


The tires (5) are the correct style Dunlop Road Speed RS5's, 5 90 H15's, with a date code of 2013.

driving experience

Driving a Austin Healey 100, or the more peppy 100M is a very simple experience. There is tons of toque down low and a very connected, visceral driving experience as the driver experiences almost all of the elements involved in driving both in and outside of the car. This car in particular performs as intended with no deviation or disappointments.