The 1955 Austin-Healey 100 Earls Court Motor Show car has been restored, and will be offered for sale at Bonhams’ Goodwood Festival of Speed auction.
There’s something very special about motor show cars, and Bonhams is offering a particularly special Austin-Healey 100 at its upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed auction on 30 June. First displayed at the 1955 Earls Court Motor Show, ‘TAC 787’ will be sold in fully restored condition, and is estimated to sell for £100,000.
The show car, was finished in Florida Green over Old English White with Florida Green interior. After it was displayed, the first ten years of the car’s life were well-documented – with detailed reports on the car’s travels and service history. It even has the receipts for every oil change, engine work and clutch assembly overhaul. There are also images of the car at Lake Garda in Italy.
Following this period of history, the car was then sold via The Times newspaper classifieds in the 1960s, where things get a little more patchy. Over the next 30 years, the car is believed to have four different owners before being discovered by Steve Norton of Austin-Healey specialists Cape International in 1997. While it can be difficult to authenticate the identity of a car such as this, many parts of trim and fittings featured the words ‘Show Car’ written in pencil.
In June 2016, the car was entered into the National Concours of the Austin-Healey Club and won the 100 Class and the Best of Show.
The Austin-Healey 100 BN2 was powered by a 2.7-litre four-cylinder engine paired to a four-speed manual gearbox, with overdrive. TAC 787 is one of just a few hundred right-hand drive BN2 models produced. A total of 3924 BN2 models were built before production stopped in 1956.
Words: Chirag Moro