First debuted in 1956, the Austin-Healey 100-6 represented the most radical step forward in the production of the Big Healey sports car line. Although the initial Austin-Healey 100 models had been successful, sales were starting to decline by the mid-1950s, and the model would be revamped as the 100-6. Offering a 2.6L six-cylinder engine to replace the original four-cylinder Austin Atlantic unit, the 100-6 also boasted a lengthened wheelbase that would accommodate the addition of two occasional seats in the rear. This 2+2 variant would be labeled as the Austin-Healey 100-6 BN4. Although the 100-6 would produce 12hp more than its predecessor, because of weight gain, there was little to any improvement in performance and the car’s top speed would remain around 103mph. Nevertheless, buyers loved the 1956 and 1957 Austin-Healey 100-6 BN4 models distinguishable by their crinkle radiator grille and bonnet-top air intake. Today, both collectors and enthusiasts enjoy Austin-Healey 100-6 BN4 ownership, as the car provides an authentic sports touring feel while incorporating a comfortable and stylish driving experience.
These early Austin-Healey 100-6 models, including the 1957 Austin-Healey 100-6 BN4, were built at Austin’s facility in Longbridge until December 1957 when production would move to Abington. In total, approximately 7,053 of the first series BN4 Austin-Healey models were produced. Over the span of production for the 100 series, it is estimated that more than 95 percent of the examples were left-hand drive, and 59 percent would be bound for the United States. If you’re thinking about buying a 1957 Austin-Healey 100-6 BN4, finding an example in the condition you desire could be the most difficult task. Historically, the 2+2 models were less desirable among buyers and, because the performance was unchanged when compared to the 100-4 models, many of the early BN4 examples are found in quite poor condition. Alternatively, there are models that have been extensively restored that can be quite high in value. Ultimately, the condition of your 100-6 will depend on your budget and how much restoration you want to tackle.
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