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Pre-production Austin-Healey 100/4 Le Mans to be sold

Austin-Healey 100/4 Le Mans with special provenance to be offered by South Western Vehicle Auctions on 31 July

An extremely rare pre-production Austin-Healey 100/4 Le Mans has been consigned to the next by South Western Vehicle Auctions on 31 July where it is expected to sell for £60,000 and £80,000.

What makes this example so intriguing is the fact it is one of the 20 examples originally hand-assembled by the Donald Healey Motor Company in Warwick during 1953 for the car’s publicity and press demonstrations. Full-scale production was moved to Longbridge.

The original owner owned a restaurant close to the factory, and apparently convinced Healey to sell him the car. It was then raced at Goodwood, as well as competing in the fourth International Rally of Great Britain, before being sold to the current owner.

Fitted with the desirable Le Mans upgrade kit, the car received a brand new engine in 1979 due to excessive oil consumption. When the BMC gold seal 100/4 engine was installed, the high lift Le Mans camshaft, high compression Le Mans pistons and larger twin SU carburettors with special inlet manifold were transferred.

At the same time the new engine was installed, the car received a new speedometer, showing that the car has covered just 13,484 further miles. The car has been subtly upgraded over the years, including a Kenlow electric fan, stainless steel exhaust as well as a front and side screen set-up from the 100/6.

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