Selling a 1957 Austin-Healey 100-6
Designed to replace the Austin-Healey 100-4, the 100-6 was first introduced in 1956 and almost instantly received bad press for being slower than its predecessor despite its new six-cylinder engine. In fact, the new engine had not been tested thoroughly enough before the release, and it was not any better than the engine it replaced. To rectify this, the 1957 Austin-Healey 100-6 was outfitted with a better breathing six-inlet-port head design, known as the 6-Head-Port. It was also available as a factory option for owners of the 1956 100-6, as they could bolt it on in place of the old head. If you’re the owner of a 1956 or 1957 Austin-Healey, educated buyers will likely ask you if this adjustment has been made over time. Most owners took advantage of this option during the 1950’s, but if you have record of it to show your potential buyers, that’s even better!
1957 Austin-Healey 100-6 Seller’s Guide
Collectors – and the press – have long forgotten about the introduction glitch of the 100-6, and today the 1957 Austin-Healey 100-6 (and other model-years) is making a comeback in the collectors market. Considered to be less “typical” than the MG, more stylish and glamorous than the Triumph, and certainly less costly than the Jaguar XK120 and XK140 competitors, the 1957 100-6 represents the hay-day of British sports cars. If you’re looking to sell, you can rest assured knowing there is ever-growing interest in these Big Healey models. For those sellers interested in Seller’s Tips, the Alex Manos team recommends that you do a thorough inspection for rust prior to your sale. Rust is one of the biggest factors that affects the value and marketability of a classic, particularly the Healey models that were built without any rust protection. While buyers may expect some rust on a barn find, rolling chassis, or weekend driver, they are unlikely to expect it on a good to mint-condition classic. Most likely they will want to do an inspection themselves to verify areas such as the floorboards, doorsills, and wheel wells are not corroded, and you should be prepared to let this happen. Body parts can be hard to find and quite expensive, if entire panels are in need of replacement, this should be accounted for in your price.
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These are just a few of the Seller’s Tips that the California classic car dealership professionals at AlexManos.com can offer you when considering the sale of your 1957 Austin-Healey 100-6. Connect with them today to learn more and to see if your classic would fit into their collection. They look forward to hearing from you soon!