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  Austin Healey 100M
 

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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced from:1955 - 1956
Numbers built:1100 + 100
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionOne of the cheapest ways to get to 100 mph in the 1950s was to buy an Austin Healey 100. Aptly named, the 100 easily reached speeds of over 100mph, when it was launched in 1952. Production started in 1954. For 1955 major changes were made to the drivetrain with an all new gearbox and further improvements were carried out. Especially for racing purposes Austin Healey built an S version of the 100 with an alloy body and tweaked engine.

The nimble and powerful 100 S proved a huge success. To bring some of the 'S-magic' to the road Austin Healey offered a Le Mans special package for the 100 road car. 100s fitted with the Le Mans package were referred to as 100M. Engine modifications like a higher compression ratio, bigger SU carbs and high-lift camshafts, saw power increase from 90 bhp to 110 bhp for the M. It's easily identifiable by the louvres in the bonnet and the leather bonnet strap. The factory equipped 1100 100s with the Le Mans package and another 100 were later modified.

By 1956 the 4 cylinder 100 was replaced by a more powerful 6 cylinder variant.

This 100M is seen at the 2002 Historic races at Zandvoort where 50 years of Austin Healey was celebrated.

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