VIDEO: THE AUSTIN HEALEY 100M

The Austin Healey 100 is a very significant car. It marks the meeting of two great automotive manufacturers for the very first time.

VIDEO:  THE AUSTIN HEALEY 100M

In 1952, Donald Healey built a single Healey Hundred for the London Motor Show. The design impressed the managing director of Austin so much that a deal was struck to join forces and build the car together, and in doing so the Austin Healey 100 was born.

What we have here though is an Austin Healey 100/4 M. A high-performance, stiffened version of the car that was focused towards those that wanted to go racing.

The current owner reminded me that, whilst this car is road legal, in its current state, it is very much set up for racing and as such requires a great deal of respect when driven on our pot-holed b-roads. I, of course, nodded whilst striding over confidently to the car but as I lowered myself into the deep bucket seats and clicked into the harness it was clear that these were anything but accessories to complete the look. The car is stripped out, no carpets or door cards. The fuel kill switch and fire extinguisher a reminder that this is way more than a beginners pleasure cruiser.

Turn the ignition, flip the fuel toggle to your right and push the start button and the 100/4 M bursts into life with a rumble from its side exhaust that shakes the lightweight shell of the car.

Visit the 1954 Austin Healey BN1 100/4 100M specification auction on Collecting Cars.

Out on the road you peer through the Brooklands Aeroscreen as the steering dances around in your hands, jumping across the ruts in the road. It makes for a lively drive even at low speeds. The throttle is extremely keen, the slightest tap and the 100/ 4 M is keen to show you what its 2.6 litre engine is capable of and, thanks to its light weight, it can really hustle. On track is where this particular car, in its current guise, is really going to be most fun and as a bonus it's already eligible for racing at events such as those hosted at Goodwood.

So whether it's a dream of running in classic rallies such as the Mille Miglia or races like the Le Mans Classic the Austin Healey 100/4 M is a sterling choice to start your racing campaign.

Published 4th August 2021


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