1954 | Austin Healey 100 ‘Revival Special’

Car Overview

Built on 14thDecember 1954, this Austin Healey 100 BN1 was originally delivered to Donald Healey’s own dealership for home market sale. Now a highly upgraded road-rally car, the car was restored over 2 years at Rawles Motorsports facility.


As a high performance build was desired from the beginning, a new stronger chassis was built to replace the particularly poor, old and weakened one. The original bulkheads were rebuilt and fitted to this.


The original front and rear shrouds required major repair. To reduce kerb weight new aluminium panels were reconstructed to a perfect fit.


As in all of our restorations, the engine, drivetrain and suspension are repeatedly installed and removed to ensure tight and consistent panel gaps when the car is on its own wheels and under finished load. Due to the large amount of custom fabrication for the removable roll cage, rack and pinion steering and other upgrades this is vital.


Paintwork is the central part of a premium restoration and as such deserves to be of an impeccable finish. Around 300 hours were spent painting the car, ensuring a glass-like finish.


The original engine was stripped down, chemically cleaned, crack and pressure tested before being refurbished to our ‘Rawles Revival Fast Road’ specification. The engine was then set-up on our rolling road dyno to ensure safe break-in and maximised power across the complete rev range.

In addition to this, our unique 5-speed gearbox conversion, plus a limited-slip differential was installed. This allows for greater acceleration and much more comfortable cruising due to lower engine speed, plus vastly reduced cockpit heat.


Our leather artisans hand-crafted a full leather interior over motorsport period bucket seats chosen with the client plus fitted a bespoke mohair roof for vastly increased weather proofing over the original Everflex hood.


After road and dynamometer testing, the car was unveiled to the public at the 2018 Goodwood Revival.


  • New, Stronger Chassis
  • Aluminium Panels, De-bumpered Body
  • Rack & Pinion Steering
  • Adjustable Camber & Lowered Suspension
  • 4-Piston Disc Brakes
  • Telescopic Dampers
  • Removable Roll Cage
  • Rawles Motorsport ‘Revival’ Engine (30% increase in power and torque, inc. alternator conversion & cooling upgrades)
  • 5 Speed Gearbox
  • Limited-Slip Differential
  • Bespoke Full leather Interior
  • Thermal Insulation
  • Side Exhaust
  • Mohair Hood
  • Custom Fuel Tank
  • Internal Fuel Lines
  • LED Headlights & Dashboard Lights


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