[Healeys] Was the BN4 Ever Delivered New with 4 Wheel Disc Brakes

josef-eckert at t-online.de josef-eckert at t-online.de
Thu Dec 17 23:43:47 MST 2015




It was just the brakes and it wasn´t a real improvement, as the new Dunlop 
disc brakes which were used were somewhat tricky in usage, especially in 
the wet. A couple of years ago I was close to buy one of these 100/6s which 
was for sale.

I like these kind of "very specifics". But I think its only for those who 
enjoy something special and are not looking for a daily driver.


Josef Eckert




Betreff: Re: [Healeys] Was the BN4 Ever Delivered New with 4 Wheel Disc 

Datum: 2015-12-18T00:40:08+0100

Von: "Graeme Molony" <molony at dodo.com.au>

An: "Jean Caron" <vintage_roadster_restoration at hotmail.com>, 
"healeys at autox.team.net" <healeys at autox.team.net>




Thanks Jean
Sounds as though I will have to improve  my education and get a copy of 
Bill Piggot’s book. I wonder what other modifications if any these cars had
Graeme M
From: Jean Caron <mailto:vintage_roadster_restoration at hotmail.com>
Sent: Thursday, December 17, 2015 2:14 PM
To: Graeme Molony <mailto:molony at dodo.com.au> ; healeys at autox.team.net
<mailto:healeys at autox.team.net>
Subject: Re: [Healeys] Was the BN4 Ever Delivered New with 4 Wheel Disc 


In the book Austin-Healey A celebration of the fabulous "Big" Healey by 
Bill Piggott he writes on page 79 about the "Rare disc braked 100-Six" The 
author even owned one of these cars in the mid-1980's.

He also claims that there were 50 or so cars equipped with Dunlop disc 
brakes all around, sometimes in the autumn of 1957. These cars were built 
around the time that the Austin-Healey production was being transferred 
from Longbridge to Abingdon and that apparently the brake conversion was 
performed by the Healey factory at Warwick.

He further adds that Tommy Wisdom 1957 Mille Miglia 100-Six (UOC741) had 
Dunlop discs fitted all round, so presumably these cars carried a 
development of that car's braking system.



From: Healeys <healeys-bounces at autox.team.net> on behalf of Graeme Molony 
<molony at dodo.com.au>
Sent: December 17, 2015 1:27 AM
To: healeys at autox.team.net
Subject: [Healeys] Was the BN4 Ever Delivered New with 4 Wheel Disc Brakes
Good morning guys
I want to throw a cat amongst the pigeons for your consideration/advice.
Up until yesterday I believed that the only Healey’s to ever come out with 
disk brakes prior to there introduction on
the 3000 MK 1 was on the 100S model and possibly a few Specials
Trawling the net yesterday to see if I could find the contact details for a 
Healey guy I came across a posting buy
Joe Jarrick the 100 S guru who lives here in Aust.that indicates that there 
were a least 40 late 1957 BN 4’s maybe
even 50 that were produced at either Warwick or maybe Longbridge that were 
equipped with 4 Wheel  Disk Brakes
prior to leaving the factory. It also appears that a conversion kit was 
available from the dealers at the time
A quick look through  a number of the usual reference books that I have 
including Geoff Healey’s and Bill Emerson’s
books and Roger Moments Restoration Guide makes no reference to there ever 
being a 100/4 with disk brakes as
standard equipment
What say you, does anyone know anything about this claim and maybe there 
are a few more secrets out there we
don’t know about
The web site in question including some photo’s of several supposedly 
original disk braked cars is as follows
Look forward to your comments
Graeme M

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