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This is a short history of the Austin Healey 100M Chassis Number BN2L 230241, Engine number 1B230241

The car was built 23 February 1956, Delivered 12 March, 1956 to Zurich/Winterthur, buyer unknown.

Original colour was black with red leather interior and a Black hood.The car as purchased by myself was red with red interior and a silver/grey side panel and black hood.There were no tools, a useless jack was included, otherwise the car was in fair to good condition. Not concours, but very drive-able and fast.

It seems that it was owned from the mid sixties till the late sixties by a Max Weber of Winterthur, the file history starts in 1965. It seems it passed to a Max Marti sometime in 1969 also of Winterthur and he seems to have owned it till 1982 when records cease. It may be the case that the major accident to the drivers side of the car happened at this time and the car was put away till sometime in 2003. It was repainted Red and white in September 1968, in 1966 it had a new red interior, It also got new headlamps, rubber grommets, gaskets etc…..

The last owner was a Daniel Föry of Basel for about 5 years. There is a vacant hole between 1982 and 2003. Under Mr. Föry’s tenure in 2003 the car was stripped and repainted, a new fuel filter, a new spin on oil filter was attached. The interior was replaced with new leather, carpets, parcel shelf, all new trim panels to doors etc. a new soft top, new rear quarter panels, new ‘original’ steering wheel, floor panels on both sides replaced, new rugs, padding, arm rest. There was no effort to source out original ‘M’ parts by the garage that did the work.

In 2004 there seems to have been a wiring fire. All new relays, voltage control box, new fuse box, new wiring loom, front headlights were replaced with Lucas European headlamps (soon to be replaced with Lucas Austin Healey Le Mans headlamps), new override relay, solenoid, nuts, bolts, clamps and a fire extinguisher!

In late 2005/early 2006 the car was repainted in red with silver grey side panels.

Since my purchase I have ordered a new period jack plus some other ancillary tools. A ‘new’ set of Le Mans headlamps were added. The boot (trunk) has been fitted out with a spare wheel leather strap and retaining bar as well as a wooden spinner remover. An original tool kit with new tool bag was purchased.

In 2014 we took the step to totally restore the car to its original specifications. After visiting various garages that could restore the car rather than carrying on doing bits and pieces, we found that after discussions, the feeling was that although the exterior would look like new, the engine room, gearbox etc might not get the full ‘M’ treatment. The decision was made to have the car shipped to JME Healeys  in Warwick who would do a detailed nut and bolt restoration and restore the car to its original exterior and interior colours. Included would be a total stripping of engine and transmission as well as differential, brakes and all ancillary parts related to the brakes. It was then that we (JME and us) found out that the car had been in a serious accident and that the frame would have to be replaced. And a considerable amount of the left hand side of the car as well.

Since we have had it, we have participated in several SMVC tours, the BCCM event in St. Moritz  and various travels through Switzerland.  The car comes with British heritages Certificate, FIVA ‘PASSPORT’, and Austin Healey Registry Certificate. A photographic book of the complete restoration from start to finish will accompany the car as well as a small Austin Healey library plus a 1956 Austin Healey Service Manual, drivers manual etc

The car won 1st prize at the British Classic Car Meet in St. Moritz in 2018 for the Austin Healey Class.

The car has been maintained by Edy Schorno Restaurtationen, Schwanden Küssnacht since we have owned it.