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The Austin-Healey 100M is one of the most interesting classic Austin-Healey models in the market. Produced from 1955 to 1956, these Le Mans modified classics boasted larger carburetors, a cold air box to boost airflow to the carburetors, a high-lift camshaft and higher compression pistons. It would also feature a louvered hood and bonnet belt, as well as a two-tone paint scheme on most models. What makes the 1956 Austin-Healey 100M and other models so interesting is that not only was it offered as a factory-built 100M, but also as a Le Mans Engine Modification Kit that could be installed on either a BN1 or BN2 Austin-Healey 100. For this reason, kit 100M cars can be either BN1 or BN2, yet the true factory-built 100M models are strictly BN2 models. In total, there are only 680 factory-built 100M models in existence. An additional 500 kits were sold and installed by Austin-Healey dealers and owners. However, thanks to increased interest in the 100M, there are a growing number of recently converted replicas that use the 100 chassis. When buying a 1955 or 1956 Austin-Healey 100M, it is imperative to understand the origin and history of the car, as this can greatly contribute to its market value.
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While the louvered hood, bonnet strap and high compression pistons are signs that you are looking at a factory-built 1956 Austin-Healey 100M, the only true way to know whether or not the example youre interested in is factory-built is to request a British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate. The body number of the car, which can be found on a plate on the firewall, should match that of the certificate. You can also find this number stamped on the hood, on the boot lid retainer, on the front splash panel, and on all four of the cockpit surround alloy trim pieces. Hiring a qualified third-party inspection service to authenticate any potential purchase can help in verifying these features and can help you understand the overall condition and originality of the model. To learn more Buyers Tips like these for the 1956 Austin-Healey 100M, The Beverly Hills Car Club encourages you to contact them today. In the meantime, be sure to browse their online inventory of classic Austin-Healey models to see what is currently available to you within their Los Angeles classic car dealership.
Backed by years of experience in the classic car industry, The Beverly Hills Car Club has the knowledge and professional resources needed to help you find the 1956 Austin-Healey 100M you desire. With just 680 factory-built examples produced, partnering with a professional is paramount to your successful purchase. Connect with their team today to learn more about your options. They look forward to hearing from you soon.
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