This Austin Healey 100 M is a Cape modified and sold BN1 from 1954. It was dispatched from Longbridge on the 30thMarch that year, to The Cape works where it was modified to 100 M specification. As Geoff Healey notes “A Number of kits were fitted to BN1 models prior to the creation of the ‘100 M’ Model…..The ‘100 S’ was first shown at the 1954 International Motor Show, with the ‘100 M’ going on display at the 1955 Show. Production of both models took place well before those shows……the first batches of ‘100 M’ models were produced with vehicles coming direct to Warwick where we removed the bonnets and sent them in batches to Jensen who removed the reinforcing so they could press the louvres into them..”
This car is one of those batches. It’s OWD registration marking it as a Warwick registered car, and the delay of six weeks between dispatch and registration explained by the Jensen delay and other work to create an “M’ spec car from a standard BN1.
The number of “100 M” built has always been a much debated topic, but, once again Geoff Healey noted to Graham Robson in 1980 that “1,159 100M’s, based on the BN2, were built in 1955 and 1956”. When added to those made before the official designation was launched at the 1955 show, as Geoff notes in his own book @”The Healey Story”, the total stands at around the 1,250 mark.
OWD 726 was fully restored and prepared for the Mille Miglia event in the 2014-2016. This involved a full bare metal body restoration and engine work. The history file shows receipts totalling some £16,783:46 spent during this process. The car was granted FIVA papers following completion of this work, but sadly its entry for the Mille was unsuccessful. Frustrated at this (Most cars have to wait 5 years to get a run on this highly popular limited entry event) the then owner decided to part with the car.
It’s next custodian, a Healey owner since 1990, planned the same activities, but was then offered drives on the Mille with Jaguar and a Nash Healey and so sated his passion for the event on other people’s cheque books and is now seeking to sell to finance other interests. The car drives superbly and has had a full preparation and service with IK Classics in West Yorkshire.