Selling a Classic 1950’s Austin-Healey


1950's Austin-Healey

The 1950’s would mark the beginning of the Austin-Healey brand and the release of several classic Austin-Healey models that are today considered iconic among British car collectors and enthusiasts. The first would be the Austin-Healey 100. Donald Healey had developed a single Healey Hundred for the 1952 London Motor Show, the design impressed Leonard Lord, managing director of Austin so much, that he struck a deal with Healey to build the car in quantity at Austin’s Longbridge factory. The Austin-Healey 100 and the Austin-Healey brand were created. The 100 would be the first of three models that would later be called the “Big Healeys” to distinguish them from the Sprite. The Austin-Healey 100 would be followed by the 100-4, the 100-6 and then the Austin-Healey 3000 in 1959.

If you’re the owner of a 1950’s classic Austin-Healey and are thinking about selling, the Alex Manos team would be delighted to speak with you to learn more about your model. First, let’s take a look at some of the most popular 1950’s classic Austin-Healey models.


Classic Austin-Healey 100-4:

1953 Austin-Healey 100-4
1953 Austin-Healey 100-4

Considered the “original Austin-Healey,” the 100 BN1 and BN2 models were built from 1953 to 1956 when the 100-6 would be released. The 100-4 denotes the adoption of the four-speed manual transmission with overdrive. Offering a sleek and sophisticated styling, the 100-4 was a true two-seat Roadster and was quite raw. As with any classic of this age, rust can be an issue. If you’re planning on selling a 1950’s classic Austin-Healey, be sure to specify any areas of rust or rust repair on the car.


Classic Austin-Healey 100-6:

1959 Austin-Healey 100-6
1959 Austin-Healey 100-6

The classic Austin-Healey 100-4 was replaced by the 100-6 in 1956. Offering a lengthened wheelbase, the 100-6 was known for giving more room in the cabin as well as 2+2 seating. With 102hp and a powerful 2.6L engine, the 100-6 was quite powerful. Yet, because of weight, it was actually slower than its predecessor. When selling a 100-6, additional factory options such as wire wheels and overdrive can add value to the classic.


Classic Austin-Healey 3000:

1959 Austin-Healey 3000
1959 Austin-Healey 3000

At the end of the 1950’s, Austin-Healey would release the 3000. It would become perhaps the most popular of the classics made by the Austin-Healey Company. Marketed as a reasonably priced sports car, the classic Austin-Healey 3000 models of the 1950’s were very successful in the European rallies of the day. 1959 would mark the beginning of production, which would last for more than fourteen years. Condition plays a large role in the overall value of your classic, however there are certainly buyers looking for Austin-Healey 3000 models of all conditions for restoration and enjoyment.



Alex Manos and his team of classic car professionals are always looking to purchase classics of all makes, models, and conditions for their California classic car dealership’s inventory. Known for offering top dollar in cash to sellers, they can make the sale of your 1950’s classic Austin-Healey as smooth and successful as possible. Contact them today to learn more. In the meantime, be sure to browse their website for valuable model-specific Seller’s Tips to help you get started! They look forward to hearing from you soon.


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