Selling a 1959 Austin Healey 100-6?
The 1959 Austin-Healey 100-6 was the last of the 100-6 lineup and marked the final production of the BN4 series. This model-year is also noted as the first complete year of production at the new MG factory in Abingdon. Many 100-6 owners may not realize that the 1959 100-6 was also given the new and improved 117 horsepower engine, which is an added bonus that should be marketed to buyers if you’re looking to sell your classic. Because of the factory crossover at the time, there is some discrepancy as to whether or not some cars received the engine prior to the move. One way to verify the engine you have is to cross-reference the engine and chassis numbers against Austin-Healey records. One thing is certain, as the last of the 100-6 production, there is a high demand for the 1959 100-6. Collectors and enthusiasts often prefer to purchase the cars that represent all the changes in technology, design and performance that occurred during the lifespan of a model.
1959 100-6 Seller?
As with all classics, the 1959 Austin-Healey 100-6 has a few points of interest that will likely be brought up by any educated purchaser. You should be able to answer these questions and, where available, provide documentation to back up your answers. If you’re selling a road-worthy or mint-condition example, the mechanical condition of the engine will likely come into question. Buyers tend to ask for a third-party inspection. One step you can take in advance is to have an inspection done prior to the sale and present buyers with a copy of the report. If they want to do an inspection, however, you should allow it. Buyers will also be concerned with rust, as these cars are prone to corrosion. You can check for rust in advance by looking in areas such as the wheel wells, trunk, floorboards, doorsills and any areas where damage has occurred to the body. Lastly, an educated buyer will want to ensure they are looking at an original. If you can provide buyers with documentation showing that the engine and chassis numbers match, that would be great. These are just a few of the Seller’s Tips that the Alex Manos team recommends.
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