1954 Austin-Healey 100-4

RM Sotheby's Hershey 2021
Thursday, 7 October - Friday, 8 October 2021
Sale Price
$75,000 - $100,000
Est. Range
7 October 2021
Sold Date
Lot Number
Modified restoration
RM Sotheby's
Auction House
Chassis no. BN1L157600; Engine no. 1B213992M. Red with black leatherette top over black leatherette. 2660/110hp, 5-speed, upgraded to M Le Mans specs, chrome wire wheels, Michelin XZX tires, Moto-Lita woodrim steering wheel, no front bumper, Lucas headlights and Flamethrower driving lights.

Evaluation: Upgraded to Le Mans specifications with a 5-speed gearbox at some point. Represented as the numbers-matching engine. Excellent gaps and panel fits. Doors close smoothly. Very good upholstery. The underbody is better than new. No road wear or stone chips. A seriously nice car.

Bottom Line: Alas, however, it isn’t what it wants to be, that is, a 100/4 Le Mans. At this price, however, that hardly makes a difference. The work is well done, the cosmetics are attractive and the 5-speed … well, when driving windy roads it’s better than overdrive. This represents a seriously good value for the money and a delightful driver that will hold its head high at the end of a day’s tour.

by Rick Carey
19 November 2021
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Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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