Back to the roots with “Big Healey”

The purity is iconic.

In the beginning of Marreyt Classic Cars, 32 years ago, Austin Healey sportscars were a very regular sight in our classic car garage.

The initial reflex assuming: “the bigger the Healey the better!” which favoured the ultimate 3000 models was rapidly corrected when looking at, and certainly when driving the initial 100/4 versions powered by the 4-cylinder 2600cc engine.

As is often the case in the historic evolution of a classic car, the pure, initial concept and design seems to be appreciated better.

This is exactly what classic car collectors think nowadays of the Austin Healey 100/4 constructed on the shorter wheelbase and powered by the torquy 4-cylinder 2.6 liter engine, which makes the balance of the car just fabulous.

The purity of the esthetics of this 100/4 model is simply considered as iconic. Just admire the low sleek lines of this typical British sportscar, and we are sure you will agree…

We kindly invite you to come and visit our Experience Room in Knokke in which we show during the coming weeks two fully restored examples of these early “Big Healeys”.

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The initial 100/4 model

(chassis series BN1) from 1953 in the attractive original colour of “Ice Blue”. 

In total 10.030 examples were produced.

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The 100M model 

(chassis series BN2) from 1956, which is the ultimate and most powerful commercial “Le Mans” development. Our 100M wears the attractive original colour combination of “Old English White & Ice Blue”.

Only 640 “Le Mans” versions were produced by the factory.

At first sight these two Austin Healeys seem almost identical, but allow us to point out the main differences.


Compared to the pure styling of the initial 100/4 the 100/M distinguishes itself at first sight with a louvred bonnet which is secured by a leather belt.


Austin Healey 100/4 BN1: 2.6 liter engine developing 90 HP coupled to a 3-speed gearbox with Over-Drive.

Austin Healey 100M BN2: 2.6 liter engine developing 110 HP coupled to a 4-speed gearbox with Over-Drive.

Come and admire them “in the flesh” at our Knokke Experience Room with a cup of coffee or a refreshing drink at the bar.

Just contact us to make an appointment!