On route to the Monterey festivities we stopped by Canepa Group Inc which is Bruce Canepa’s impressive museum, salesroom and restoration facility in Scotts Valley, California. Among the world-class Porsches, Ferraris and Lamborghinis we spotted this diminutive Austin-Healey Sprite which was purchased new in 1959 by J.P. Whitaker who actively raced the car from 1959 to 1967.
Canepa says the 19,500 listed on the odometer is believed to be correct and many of those were from towing the car to various events behind J.P’s matching Plymouth Valiant Station Wagon.
We have included photos of this exceptionally originally Bugeye and also some images from Canepa’s restoration facility.
-December 1956 build BN4 registered as 1957.
-Originally delivered new to California in Healey Blue with wire wheels and overdrive.
-Licensed and insured in BC, Canada.
-Well maintained by previous owners including Paul at Styles Upholstery and John Slauenwhite.
-150-150-150-155-156-155 compression test by Jetstream.
-A get-in and go, driver condition BN4
-Fitted with original BJ8 seats
-Exceptional dashboard trimming
-Fitted with working thermal electric choke
-Sold as is, with all defects and no warranties.
Contact Richard Owen at 250 891 7475 anytime.
Hottest day so far in 2014 and a nice couple of Healeys out front: Green: 1956 Austin Healey 100-Six BN4 / White: 1959 Austin Healey 100-Six BN4.
This year Austin Healeys were very well represented in Monterey and RM Auctions broke the record for the MKIII at auction with a Sandy Beige car. As usual, the factory 100Ms proved to be the most desirable model, but the 1964 Sebring 12 Hours Works car with lightweight aluminum fenders and numerous original competition features fetched $352,000 which is surely the record for the BJ7 at public auction.
1964 Austin-Healey 3000 MkII Lightweight HBJ7-64H-57-2 – sold for $352,000. 1964 Sebring 12 Hours Works entry driven by Paddy Hopkirk. 1966 and 1968 Targa Florio entrant. Ex-Ted Worswick. Five owners from new. In remarkably original condition.
1954 Austin-Healey 100 BN1 BN1-L/157169 – sold for $101,200 Exceptional restoration by Richard Jenkins. Finished in its factory delivered livery of Spruce Green over Green. Matching numbers example, eligible for the finest Concours or rallies. Factory delivered with larger 1 ¾” SU Carburetors. Offered with Heritage Trust Certificate.
1965 Austin-Healey BJ8 MK III HBJ8L/29759 – sold for $143,000. Completely restored by Tom and Randee Rocke of Healey Lane. Striking and unique color scheme. Engine, gearbox, and overdrive rebuilt to original factory specifications. Accompanied by photo-documentation and a BMIHT Certificate.
1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 ‘Factory’ Le Mans BN2-L/231849 – sold for $198,000. A genuine factory-built 100M Le Mans Competition Roadster. Verified as matching numbers, with 100M Le Mans Registry and BMIHT certificates. Freshly restored by Tom and Randee Rocke of Healey Lane.
Sold for $93,500. his handsome Mk III, delivered to San Francisco in May 1964, is one of only 1,390 Series I examples produced during the two-year run of the model, which is considered by many to be the most comfortable, versatile, and best performing of the Big Healeys. This dashing car received lavish attention by a previous owner, who conducted a comprehensive body-off restoration that he thoroughly documented with a wealth of photographs.
This 1956 Austin-Healey Factory 100M Le Mans was displayed at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering by Hudson G. Vitaich of California, USA.
This 1959 Austin Healey 3000 HBN7/5639 was driven by Kevin Adair at the 2013 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. He calls this a “3000 S” because it was modified for the Canadian Driver’s Championship.
Kevin Adair also showed this completed original and unrestored BJ7 which his brother bought new. Yes, this is an original paint, California black plate survivor.
1957 Austin Healey 100-6 BN4L/05797 was raced by Doug Escriva in the 2013 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion in the Group 3A – 1955-1962 GT Cars.
1956 Austin-Healey BN2 100/4 Coupe – sold for $50,000. One of one. One owner since new. 37,609 original miles. This unique steel body was built to owners specs by California Metalworks, the same company that built Shelby’s Coupe’s bodywork, soon after purchase. This unique car has been featured on the cover of the Healey Magazine and also in 1966 Road and Track Magazine.
John Slauenwhite was one of the predominant Healey collectors here on the peninsula. He came in the shop occasionally and kindly offered up any assistance for them. He was also part of a consortium with John Bumpass and Earl Kagna to supply Healey parts to the regional area.
Upon his passing away 10 years ago, both these exceptional Healeys were being restored by John. Now they are both reunited and ready for the road, at the same time and in the same shop.