Austin Healey 100 Six

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Austin-Healey 100 Six

1956 - 1959
Country:
United Kingdom
Engine:
6 cylinder
Capacity:
2660 cc
Power:
102 / 117 bhp
Transmission:
3/4 spd. man (overdrive)
Top Speed:
100+ mph
Number Built:
10268 / 4150
Collectability:
4 star
In October 1956 after great success with the 100/4, Austin-Healey announced the arrival of the new 100/6.  This car was very similar in appearance to the 100/4, but this time the car was fitted with a tuned version of the six cylinder BMC C series engine fitted to the Austin Westminster.

This "tuned" engine at first produced 102 bhp, this increasing to 117 bhp in 1957, and later that year production was transferred from Longbridge to the MG plant at Abingdon. The overdrive unit that was standard on the 100 became an option.

The designers also decided to equip the new model with occasional rear seats. The wheelbase of the new car had been lengthened by 2 in (50.8 mm) to achieve this. As with other "Big Healeys" the cars are sometimes referred to by their factory designation which for this model was BN4.

Sales were slow to take off at first as the new sports car did not offer any gain in performance over the 4 cylinder model and the occasional seating was not enough to sway the buying public, although these cars are of course very popular now.

In 1957 the engine power was upped by the addition of a six port cylinder head providing much improved performance. In April 1958 the BN6 version of the car was introduced, this time featuring 2-seater bodywork although it still retained the longer wheelbase.

Production figures were 10268 for the 2+2 100/6 (BN4) and 4150 for the 2-seater 100/6 (BN6). Production ended with the introduction of the Austin-Healey 3000 in June 1959.


Austin-Healey 100 Six Specifications

Model

100/6

100/6

Years Produced

1956 - 1959

1958 - 1959

Body Type

Steel body, steel chassis

Length

13ft 1.5 in

13ft 1.5 in

Width

5ft 0.5in

5ft 0.5in

Weight

2478lb

2436lb

Engine

6 cylinder inline 2639cc

6 cylinder inline 2639cc

Power

102 bhp @ 4600 rpm

117 bhp @ 4600 rpm

Torque

142lb ft @ 2400 rpm

149 lbft @ 3000 rpm

Gearbox

4 speed manual with overdrive

4 speed manual with overdrive

Driven Wheels

Rear

Rear

Brakes

Drum brakes front & rear

Drum brakes front & rear

Front Suspension

Coil & wishbone

Coil & wishbone

Rear Suspension

Leaf springs, live axle

Leaf springs, live axle

Austin-Healey 100 Six Performance

Model

100/6

100/6

Top Speed

102 mph

111 mph

0-60 mph

12 seconds

11 seconds

Fuel Consumption

22 mpg

21 mpg



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Also see:


Austin Healey 100
Austin Healey 3000
Austin Healey Heritage
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