BF Exclusive: 1957 Austin-Healey 100-6

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From Roger C – This car belongs to a friend and is located in Central Georgia, USA. He bought the car for his then teenage son who died in a terrible shooting accident. He held onto it for his younger son, but his son is not interested in the car so he has decided to sell it. You may know that 1957 was the first year that Healey introduced the six-cylinder. It was so called the 100-6 because it was capable of over 100 mph and the obvious 6 is for the six-cylinder. This  car is not listed anywhere or with anyone else. I am enclosing a few photos and I have additional photos of the interior and undercarriage if you are interested. You may notice that the wheels are knock-offs and all are present. The tires were new when the car was stored some 30 years ago. Unfortunately, he did not have a garage so it was stored outside and on jack stands. He replaced the tarp several times, but humidity takes it’s toll. He noted that most of the rust is only surface with some rust holes in the more obvious places (boot lid). Because of it’s heritage and rarity he is asking $8,750. You can contact Roger through email here if you are interested. Thanks Roger!

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Comments

  1. packrat

    Depression and grief are a couple of reasons vintage vehicles get like this sometimes. Very few times can you understand that from a sellers listing. My sympathies.

    • stp

      Yes, I can’t even imagine the grief. Sounds like he was a great dad to his son. My deepest sympathies as well.

  2. Cassidy

    Sadly, that tarp did what we’ve seen happen to other cars: rust and more rust. I’m not what these are worth in top notch condition, but after viewing these pictures, he’s going to have to lower his price quite a ways to allow a buyer to not go completely underwater with the restoration!

  3. Vanman34

    I’m not able to read the title to see what year it is listed to be, but because it the bonnet has the crease down the middle, it should be a 1958. That was the only year where the bonnet had the crease.

    • 64 bonneville

      Vanman34 title appears to be 1957, could this have been a late production run, hence the 58 bonnet (hood)

  4. Ken Nelson Member

    That black spot in the center of the oilpan – is it from a bit of leakage around the plug, or a hole in the bottom?? Hard to tell…….would indicate disaster if it’s a hole!

  5. Dolphin Member

    Agree with Cassidy, the asking might be too high for the unfortunate condition of the car. Another problem for some Healey buyers would be the early intake configuration of this engine, where the carbs bolt directly to the head and the intake runners are cast into the head. IIRC, this engine developed 102 HP, while the later version with a separate aluminium manifold that fed the cylinders better developed 117 HP.

    These are the least valuable of the Healeys I think. It might be better to drop the price if there isn’t much interest so the car doesn’t just sit around, and move on.

  6. Randy

    Compared to the one I started with, this one is mint! Can anyone make out the original color paint on the firewall?

    • 64 bonneville

      Randy, it looks sort of like a turquoise or maybe a light green, like the ford “mint green” color.

      • Randy

        Sea Foam green or “Florida Green” maybe.

      • 62 Tricarb

        It could be Florida Green, but on my screen it looks to be “Healey Blue” (kind of an ice blue… and this was their most popular color).

        I own a ’62 Healey and this seems a little high considering the condition, but not much. It has the interesting “Longbridge” bonnet (hood) – with the center crease, but I don’t know if it’s a Longbridge production.

  7. ron tyrrell

    I think the price is close for the rarety but it is a four place and that diminishes the market. I have owned older Healy’s and a two place will bring more money. The last Healy I owned was a BN7 Mark II 2 place, 380 built 144 center shift and the remainder were side shifts. This was the year of the tri carb set up, any way I think he should get close to his asking price

  8. MountainMan

    The ask seems fair…. it is an asking price so a serious buyer may be able to strike a deal if in person and showing the seller some cash. Too bad I’m clear across the country still….I like it and my home base of WNC isn’t too far to venture for an inspection….BUT….my wife and I are in the great, green Pacific NorthWest currently.
    I dont have any project with me here so I need to find something closer to my current location and get something ready to enjoy the upcoming summer because it wont be practical to transport a vehicle from North Carolina to Washington and back. We are staying in our RV so I can only drag my Jeep behind us

    • 64 bonneville

      MountainMan, got a friend or relative in WNC? maybe have them snag and drag it to your home base for a future project?

  9. John Holden

    I had a 100-6 in Lima, Perú, in 1968. I now live in Colombia and would like to bring one down to rebuild here. There are excellent craftsmen around so that would not be such a high investment. However, the transport to Miami and from there down here would be a significant expense. Would anyone know how much? I imagine that mechanical spares are not so difficult to find? The body parts seem to be all there. Perhaps something around USD 6.000 would be more sensible?

  10. Rancho Bella

    It’s the ask, so make a reasonable offer. When it is all done I bet it would have been a lot better to buy one done.

  11. Roger C

    SOLD
    Thank you to all of you who commented and your expressed condolences. My friend certainly appreciated your kind thoughts and kind words. The Healey went to a good home in Winston-Salem, NC for a father and son project. They are currently doing a BN7 and wanted to add the 100.6 to their stable. Yes, for all interested, it did sell for the asking price.

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