1956 Austin-Healey 100-4 Reno Red

1956 Austin-Healey 100-4 Reno Red

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Vehicle Description

1956 Austin Healey 100-4 BN2 Roadster
The passenger "tub" if you will is trimmed in stainless steel and
is polished to the nines. This frames black door panels which are
very simple and have a large opening in their centers. Black vinyl
bomber styled buckets are in for the driver and passenger, and have
some red piping accenting the edges which delineate the tuck and
roll form the smooth bolsters. A central hump, also in black vinyl,
serves as an armrest for driver and passenger. After this black
carpeting takes over where the shifter and ashtray receptacle are
housed. For the dash, a satin finished aluminum oval provides the
background of the instrument cluster. Here round sweeping blackface
gauges with white numbers and white pointers reside along with some
toggle switches and pulls. A nicely preserved banjo style steering
wheel is fronting this simple dash which turns to black steel and
forms a storage shelf in front of the passenger. A dash mounted
rear view mirror is mounted in the center. Black carpeting is
covering the floors, and presents in very good condition. The trunk
contains a covered fuel tank and other tonneau and coverings for
this car as well as a new spare tire.

A seemingly long hood, but in reality its very short, opens
forward, and reveals a perfectly preserved engine bay. Within its
confines is a 2660cc 4 cylinder which puts out 96hp. The car was
named the 100-4 because it was capable of doing 100mph with the 4
cylinder engine. It has 2 SU H6 side draft carburetors. A 4 speed
manual transmission with overdrive, (Laycock De Normanville
electric overdrive), is operated by a toggle on the dash. On the
back is a 4.10 rear axle. Single exhaust with a stainless steel
muffler are on this vehicle. Nice satin finished surfaces have no
bling but it is very tasteful this way. Kind of a machine age look
to the under the hood engine and bay.

Putting this car atop our lift reveals some light surface rust,
some patina and a red painted steel X frame undercarriage. The
floor pans are solid, and suspension is independent coil springs
for the front, and leaf springs for the rear. Manual drum braking
is on all 4 corners.

As a British sports aficionado I took the wheel and this car was
pure excitement. It fired right up and idled with the best of them.
On the track it has some snappy acceleration and smooth shifting
mixed in with bias free braking on the panic stop test, and
fantastic handling. The electronic overdrive will take you to
100mph,albeit in a little bit of time. As small and open as this
car is you will need some courage to do so as it is truly a sports
car ride.

The last year for the fold down racing style windscreen which is a
real highlight to this model. A perfectly preserved engine, and
nice older interior, it performs and looks fab. Cracking car ladies
and gents!


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