Selling Your Austin-Healey 100S
Knowing that a high-performance version of the much loved Austin-Healey 100 would boost the image of the brand across the world and would further improve sales of the production models, Donald Healey would set his sights on making a competition version of the Austin-Healey 100 shortly after the debut of the series. Known as the Austin-Healey 100S, several test cars were developed before the official design was debuted at the 1955 Sebring 12 Hours. There were quite a few changes made from the production model that would give the 100S more than 132hp. Among these changes were a new alloy cylinder head with larger valves, a high-lift camshaft, nitride-hardened steel crankshaft and forged-steel connecting rods. Dunlop disc brakes were also used, which made the 100S among the first to offer such an upgrade. For those who wanted additional options, a 20-gallon fuel tank and Lucas Le Mans 24 Hour headlights were available. In total, only 50 models of the 100S were offered, all of which were designed in right-hand drive and equipped with weight-saving seats that had cooling slots, a wood-rimmed steering wheel and a speedometer that would track up to 140mph. Five additional 100S examples were used as test or prototype cars. If you’re the proud owner of an Austin-Healey 100S, the Alex Manos team would like to speak with you.
Austin-Healey 100S Seller’s Guide
With the Austin-Healey 100S being a limited-production classic, there are a few key characteristics that can help increase your car’s value when compared to another 100S. Condition and history are perhaps the two most important, followed by additional options. While buyers will be interested in Austin-Healey 100S models of all conditions, those that are the most complete and original will certainly fetch higher values. Likewise, those that have a racing pedigree or interesting or prestigious history will also command higher values when compared to similar 100S models. To ensure that buyers understand the overall condition and originality of your example, be sure to offer engine and chassis numbers or a British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate, if available. You’ll also want to allow serious buyers to perform a third-party inspection with a qualified Austin-Healey specialist. When marketing your model, you’ll also want to be sure to list any additional factory options, and back these up with pictures. These are just a few of the Seller’s Tips that the Alex Manos team has learned over their years of experience in the classic Austin-Healey market.
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Based in California, Alex Manos’ Los Angeles classic car dealership is always looking to buy classics of all makes, models and conditions – including the Austin-Healey 100S. Skip the hassle of marketing your classic on your own and connect with their team today to learn more about your sales options. You can count on exceptional customer service and top dollar offers. Contact the Alex Manos team today to get started!