OWNER’S VIEW

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying Guide -

MARK KNIGHT

‘My early 100/4 – a 1955 BN1 model – gets plenty of use as I cover around 5000 miles a year, in­clud­ing trips to events such as the Mille Miglia and Le Mans Clas­sic. I’ve owned it since 2003 and had set my heart on a Healey but wasn’t sure which one. Af­ter speak­ing to var­i­ous club mem­bers I set­tled on the 100 as I re­ally like the pure lines of the early cars and the beau­ti­fully bal­anced han­dling. A match­ing num­bers UK right-hand drive car, it was in lovely con­di­tion and had a very solid his­tory, and I liked the un­usual colour com­bi­na­tion of Spruce Green with a green in­te­rior. Also, there was no cor­ro­sion and it drove well, so ev­ery­thing just stacked up re­ally. All that was needed be­fore sale was a new set of car­pets as they’d faded a lit­tle, and since then it’s mostly just needed rou­tine main­te­nance. In the last few years, I’ve sorted some rust in the sills and driver’s door, and last year the en­gine was re­built af­ter the crankshaft broke. Given it was 60 years old and I’d done 50,000 miles in it, I reckon that’s not too bad at all.’

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