Fresh from an extensive restoration programme, RetroMarques Ltd is pleased to present this Austin-Healey 100/4 in stunning Carmine Red.
A very late BN1 Healey, confirmed by the accompanying Heritage Certificate as having been built on the 9th February 1955 as a UK Home Market, right-hand-drive car, chassis number BN1/222799.
The matching numbered engine and the original body-numbered bonnet, boot lid and trim items are also still fitted. A check against the marque build records show that there were only a few, all very minor, modifications after this chassis number before production changed to the BN2 specification in August. However, this car has since been upgraded with the desirable 4-speed gearbox, thus creating a BN2-spec Healey.
Over a period of about 18 months RetroMarques has taken the car through a sympathetic but extensive restoration, very much endeavouring to preserve as much originality as possible.
In reassembling 993 XUA, we have also tried to ensure the car accurately reflects the correct, original factory specification. In this they have referred to the 2 ‘bibles’ of Healey restoration, namely Clausager and Anderson and Moment, for checking upon details rather than simply assuming their knowledge (or their own Healey 100!) was correct!
Components have been removed, stripped, repaired where necessary and then rebuilt rather than taking the simpler expedient of bolting on new (and often inferior quality!) parts.
Many of the ‘black’ components have also been powder coated for protection.
The engine has been completely stripped and rebuilt, so too the SU carburettors, and is therefore effectively a ‘0’ miles engine so final running-in will be required.
The car has been rewired with the correct, cloth-covered wire harness and silver painted, 48-spoke wire wheels with new tyres are fitted. Much of the bright-work has been stripped and re-chromed.
Great care has been taken with panel fit, so that the shut lines and alignment are, we believe, to a very high standard.
The quality of the paint finish has drawn many favourable comments; the inner arches are stone-guarded for added protection but please note that the underside has not yet been waxoyled and remains in painted finish.
Circa 250 photos document the various stages of the restoration and a photo book of the work will accompany the car when it is sold.
Overall 993 XUA represents a very desirable Heritage Certificate BN1 upgraded to the 4-speed BN2 specification, and eligible for many historic events, not least the Mille Miglia retrospective.
The 100/4 is an Austin-Healey that is both practical – having the full boot-space available for stowage, and the beautifully balanced handling and torque of the 4-cylinder car – simply a delight to drive.
Finally, a matter of personal preference of course, but the 100/4’s purity of line is a special quality largely lost in the later models.
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