1956 Austin Healey-100M ‘SLR 7’

One of the eight factory built RHD 100M’s

Introduced following the factory’s competition success at events such as Le Mans & the Mille Miglia, the upgrades from the standard 100/4 were the result of years of motorsport development.

Visually, the most notable difference included a 40 louvered bonnet that was held down by Le Mans regulation leather straps, built by Warwick saddlers Frederick Freer & Co. Stiffer engine valves, beefed up front suspension and an aluminium airbox feeding twin 1 ¾ S.U. Carburettors all formed part of the factory offered upgrade package.

Whilst a few cars were built by the factory as an M from the outset, the majority of the 100/4s currently classed as an M were retrospectively fitted with all or some of these optional upgrades. For many years it was not known exactly how many ‘official’ factory Ms had been built. However, in 1985 a microfilm of the Austin-Healey production records thought lost was discovered. After laborious research, it was clear that almost all of the 640 factory built Ms were LHD, with only 8 UK RHD examples leaving the Worcester factory new. SLR 7 is such an example, making it an exceptionally rare – and desirable – Austin-Healey.

SLR 7 was bought new by the celebrated actress Angela Lane who married Peter Miller, a member of the Rootes Works rally team, and it is understood that they enjoyed club competitions together. Recently restored and finished in its factory colours of Old English White with contrasting dark green trim, the current owner has completed over 2000 miles of trouble free motoring. It is worth noting that a genuine factory ‘M’ is Mille Migila eligible and surely represents one of the least expensive of entries.

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