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1956 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100 M LE MANS - €Auction

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To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sothebys' Monaco event, 12 May 2018. Estimates:170.000 - 190.000 Accompanied by a certification from the 100 M registryRestored by UK marque specialistsCompeted in the Mille Miglia Storica in 2015 An iconic British sports car that quickly made a name for itself in both track and rallying, the Austin-Healey 100 was a favourite of many sports car enthusiasts. Founder Donald Healey had set his sights on the Mille Miglia, Sebring and Le Mans to generate advertising for the model he launched in 1953. To do this, the Works Special Test 100 S was developed with a competition engine, stiffer suspension and a lighter body.With an eye on privateer customers, an optional factory Le Mans kit was offered from 1954 with cars denoted as a 100 M. It featured a louvered bonnet with leather strap plus an uprated four-cylinder, 2.6 litre with a cold air box, larger 1 and ¾-inch carburettors, a competition cylinder head and a free-flow exhaust manifold. With a special distributor, the result was a power output of 120 bhp. Only 640 factory 100 Ms were produced, of which 544 were shipped to the U.S.According to its British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate, this car was a North American export model which left the factory in June 1956 and was specified in two-tone Florida Green and Ivory White with black interior trim and hood. Factory equipment included wire wheels, laminated windscreen and a heater. The car was later exported to Australia, where it was repainted black. It returned to Europe where full photographic restoration on the chassis and body was carried out by a leading Dutch restorer. The body was returned to its original colour. The overdrive gearbox and engine were rebuilt by legendary Austin Healey racing specialist Denis Welch. The result is a motorsport-grade engine for fast road use which retains the original factory features.Another marque specialist, Paul Woolmer, maintained the car for three years. A complete history file, including invoices totalling £30,000, comes with the vehicle. Its provenance is confirmed by a certificate from the 100 M Le Mans Registry. This car competed the Mille Miglia in 2015, proving it is an ideal car for period touring events.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/MC18.

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  • RefCode: TA1113797

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