The Staff of Motorsport Marketing
May 25, 2017 3:34 p.m.

Before you ask: No, this Austin-Healey was never featured in a Pepto-Bismol commercial.

And yes, it now looks exactly as it did in the fall of 1955, when it left the Donald Healey Motor Company factory bound for the Earls Court Motor Show in London, where it introduced the 100M to the motoring public.

After the show, wearing the same colors, it was shipped to the Bahamas. Healey’s competition manager Roy Jackson-Moore raced it at Nassau’s Windsor Airfield during Bahamas Speed Week; we can only imagine the raised eyebrows. There he pushed the eye-catching roadster to a ninth place in Class D–behind seven Ferraris and one Healey–and recorded an impressive 116 mph.

After the car’s return to the U.S., Jackson-Moore drove it to California, where it served as the 1956 test car for Road & Track and Motor Trend. Then it spent a year racing in numerous SCCA events.

After its works racing career, the trail gets a bit hazy, since in those days an old race car–especially a pink one–got no respect. This 100M went through numerous owners, some unkind. Over the next two decades it was raced again as a privateer, suffered from neglect, lost a few parts, and had its unique color scheme painted over and its interior dyed.

So it was just another used-up sports car when Alan Alfano bought it in 1975. He had no idea a pink and black Healey existed, but over the next 10 years Alfano was to uncover tantalizing clues to his car’s former life. His diligent research and persistence finally paid off: In 1985, he discovered the roadster’s true identity and began a long, painstaking restoration that brought it back to show car glory.

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ebonyandivory UberDork
May 28, 2017 5:26 a.m.

Any idea what this would sell for today?

dougie Reader
May 28, 2017 10:25 a.m.

With the current big rise in the price of factory "M's," I would think $200K-$250k

ebonyandivory UberDork
May 29, 2017 5:29 a.m.

In reply to dougie:

I could be wrong but it seems like there's one or more previous owners with a lot of regret. They didn't know what they had (with the factory interior and paint hidden away)

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