Selling Your Austin-Healey BN4
First introduced in 1956, the Austin-Healey 100-6 would represent the most radical step forward in the “Big Healey” sports car lineup. While the line was initially quite successful, sales of the original Austin-Healey 100 would decline in the mid 1950’s, thus the model was revamped as the 100-6. British Motor Company’s 2.6L six-cylinder engine would replace the original four-cylinder Austin Atlantic unit. At the same time, the wheelbase of the car was extended, which allowed for the inclusion of two occasional seats in the rear. Known as the Austin-Healey BN4, the 2+2 would be produced from 1956. A two-seat BN6 would be released from 1958. Other visual changes that help identify a BN4 are the fixed windshield and the wider radiator grille that was mounted in a slightly lower position to add additional appeal. Today, buyers favor the Austin-Healey BN4 because it encompasses all of the sporting character of the 100’s, yet was clearly intended to give owners additional comfort on longer drives.
Austin-Healey BN4 Seller’s Guide
If you are thinking about selling an Austin-Healey BN4, you’ve come to the right place to learn more about what today’s buyers are looking for and the Seller’s Tips you need to be successful. The 1956 and 1957 Austin-Healey BN4 models are of particular interest to many buyers, as they are considered part of the limited six-cylinder 2+2 models from the first production series. Approximately 7,053 of the Austin-Healey BN4 models were manufactured during this time. They are often referred to as the “Longbridge Healeys” because most were produced at the factory in Longbridge where the four-cylinder Healey models had been manufactured. However, at the end of 1957, British Motor Company moved production to the MG Abingdon plant. A very small number of these first-series BN 4 examples were made in Abingdon during this transition. To better help potential buyers understand the background of your particular Austin-Healey BN4, always be prepared with engine and chassis numbers. You can also request a British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate, which will document the car’s manufacturing. Parts and restoration can also be quite expensive for these models, so be sure to mention any additional parts that come with the sale or any restoration that has been completed. These are just a few of the Seller’s Tips that will help you navigate the sale of your classic BN4.
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Always in the market to buy classics of all makes, models and conditions, the Alex Manos team would be delighted to learn more about your Austin-Healey BN4. If your classic fits into their Los Angeles classic car dealership’s inventory, they will be happy to make you a top dollar offer on the spot. Learn more by connecting with their team today!