In 1956, the Austin-Healey 100-4 was replaced with the 100-6. Different in many ways, the 1956 Austin-Healey 100-6 offered a lengthened wheelbase by two inches and now presented more room in the cabin as well as 2+2 seating. Minor style changes were also made to the bumpers and nose, specifically an elliptical grille in place of the original fan-style and an extra air intake in the front hood. Drivers also enjoyed a new fixed-position windshield, which replaced the previous model that could be folded down. To save on costs and to keep the Austin-Healey as an entry-level sports car, disc wheels were now standard, and there was no overdrive, however both wire wheels and overdrive were available as add-on options. With 102hp and a powerful 2.6L engine, the 1956 100-6 was more than 13 percent more powerful than the old 100-4. Interestingly though, the car was quite a bit heavier nearly 300 pounds heavier so while it looked good on paper, it was actually slower than its predecessor. This posed quite a marketing dilemma for dealerships and hindered sales of the 100-6. This would be corrected in 1957, when a new head with raised compression would deliver 117hp.
Approximately 7,053 of the early 100-6 Austin-Healey models were produced between May 1956 and December 1957, all of which are considered BN4 models. If youre thinking about buying a 1956 Austin-Healey 100-6 and are interested in learning more Buyers Tips, youve come to the right place. A California classic car dealership based in Los Angeles, the team at The Beverly Hills Car Club can not only help you locate the 100-6 you desire, but can provide you with the tips you need to be successful! First, it is important to mention that while the 1956 100-6 got a lot of bad press during its time, its shortcomings are easily overcome today. In fact, some new owners prefer to keep the original head arrangement, because it is an original part of the car and doesnt have any bearing on the styling and beauty of the 100-6. On the other hand, some prefer to upgrade to the new head arrangement that was debuted in 1957. If youre considering a 1956 100-6, you may want to ask the sellers if this upgrade has been done.
The 1956 Austin-Healey 100-6 had some very significant contributions to the Healey cars over the years. Not only is it the car that replaced the 100-4, but it also proudly paved the way for the later 3000 models. When youre ready to explore the current opportunities available to you, please feel free to browse The Beverly Hills Car Club online inventory and connect with a representative today! They look forward to hearing from you soon.
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