1957 BN4 Austin Healey 100/6
The BN4 was based on some of the lessons learned from the development of the BN3. The designation BN4 would normally have meant a 2 seater car and 4th in the series. For some unknown reason, the designation BN4 was given to the 2+2 car. This is the only instance in Austin Healey production where the N is used on a 4 seater car. The car carried many differences from the earlier 100 series cars; the grill changed, adopting the oval shape previously seen in the 100S , a 2 position windscreen was replaced with a fixed windscreen, the wheel base of the BN4 was extended by 2 inches resulting in a redesign of doors, side screens and roof. The most noticeable difference was the inclusion of 2 occasional seats behind the driver and passenger. The BN4 used a single battery as opposed to the 2 batteries used in previous Austin Healey models. The engine of the early BN4 was the first generation of the 6 cylinder BMC C-series engine. Certain items that had been standard on the BN2 were optional on the BN4. Specifically wire wheels and overdrive were only available at an extra cost. Early cars were produced at Longbridge and in December 1957 production moved to Abingdon. There were some subtle differences between the cars produced at Longbridge and Abingdon; Longbridge built cars had mats that were colour coded to the exterior of the car, Abingdon built BN4 cars had non locking external door handles, whilst Longbridge built BN4s had a locking handle, Just one and only on the left side. Longbridge cars had an adjustable steering wheel, which then became a cost option as the car was produced in Abingdon.
The engine breathed on twin SU H4 carburettors, power output was 102hp at 4600rpmn. This coupled with a 4 speed overdrive gearbox makes for an impressive car from 1957 and importantly a collectable car as the car is eligible for the Mille Miglia.
This car chassis no. BN4-LO-42660 is a full matching numbers car and an original left hand drive north American export. Stunning in Duotone primrose & black with black trim the car left the production line in June ’57. The car is fitted with both overdrive, wire wheels, a heater plus laminated screen and importantly, the history file contains a heritage certificate for the car. This car also carries a current FIVA historic passport and the history file is extensive with both photographs from the cars time in America and some early bills.
The car is a joy to drive providing the full wind in your hair big Healey experience. This is a very tight car with no rattles or creaks, excellent handling and good power delivery from the side exit period correct exhaust. The car will now undergo engine out detailing with a full service in parallel with getting a new hood, prior to delivery to doubtless one very excited new owner. The colour combination is quite stunning and certainly makes the car stand out in all the right ways.
Should a future owner wish to contemplate tackling the Mille Miglia in 2018, we are able to fit a rally trip meter, map reading light and possibly a couple of other things ideally suited to a long distance event. Premium Classic Cars will also be able to provide technical support on the event and assistance with the Mille Miglia entry process. Please do not hesitate to discuss further with us if you are interested in this.
We welcome viewings at our premises here in Suffolk at anytime, by appointment only, so please do not hesitate to contact us. Overseas visitors are most welcome and can be collected from all London airports with accommodation arranged.
Please do not hesitate to contact Phil directly should you wish to further your enquiry.
Shipping and Delivery
Worldwide delivery of the car can be facilitated with ease. If in mainland Europe, Phil as always will be delighted to deliver the car personally via covered trailer.
Beyond Europe, shipping can easily be arranged via Cars International who have the expertise and experience to ensure it arrives in perfect condition, on time and with no unexpected costs.
Should a classic or competition car be available for part exchange, we would also have no hesitation in sharing details.