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1956 Austin-Healey 100

M Le Mans
RM Auctions Online Only Open Roads Fall
Wednesday, 11 November - Friday, 20 November 2020
$236,500
Sale Price
$140,000 - 160,000
Est. Range
Yes
Reserve
20 November 2020
Sold Date
2073
Lot Number
#2-
Older restoration
RM Sotheby's
Auction House
Chassis no. BN2L231790. Healey Blue and Ivory White over dark blue. 2,660/110hp, 4-speed, chrome wire wheels, Vredestein Spring Classic tires, Lucas driving lights, Moto-Lita woodrim steering wheel, tonneau cover, side curtains.

Evaluation: Represented as a factory-built M model (rather than a period dealer conversion or a later clone). Restored in 1997 and got a replacement engine from another 100 M. More refurbishment work done in 2007. Very good older paint with a handful of cracks, chips, and scratches near some of the panel edges. Excellent interior. Engine bay and underbody show few signs of use. A well-kept older restoration. Located in California.

Bottom Line: With two minutes left in the auction, this car was sitting at a $155,000 high bid, which itself is a sensible number for an older restored 100 M, let alone one with a replacement engine. Seven late-in-the-game back-and-forth bids later, it’s downright expensive and well into concours car territory. The bidders used every trick in the online auction book (e.g., bid quick, bid slow, bid a triple increment) to try to put off the other and this is the result. Back in 2013, this car sold at Auctions America’s Burbank auction for $112,750, which was about condition #2- money at the time.

by Andrew Newton
14 December 2020
1956 Austin-Healey 100 M Le Mans
1956 Austin-Healey 100 M Le Mans interior
1956 Austin-Healey 100 M Le Mans tach
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Condition definitions
Condition #1: Concours
Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicles is “concours.“
Condition #2: Excellent
#2 vehicles could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 vehicles that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws, but will be able to find some not seen by the general public. The paint, chrome, glass and finishes will all appear as excellent. No excessive smoke will be seen on startup, no unusual noises will emanate from the engine. The vehicle will drive as a new vehicle of its era would. The one word description for #2 vehicles is “excellent.“
Condition #3: Good
#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.
Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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