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Austin-Healey 100S

(1955 model)

Brief specs of 1955 Austin-Healey 100S

2-door 2-seater drophead coupé (convertible coupé), petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 2660 cm3 / 162.3 cu in / 162.3 cu in, 98.4 kW / 132.0 hp / 132.0 hp @ 4750 rpm / 4750 rpm / 4750 rpm, 228.0 N·m / 168.2 lb·ft / 168.2 lb·ft @ 2500 rpm / 2500 rpm / 2500 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 190 km/h / 118 mph / 118 mph top speed

units: metric UK US

Basic (general) data

Marque (make)Austin-HealeyIssued from1955
Model100SIssued until
Serie100Number made50
Model familyBody construction
Model codeBody designation
ManufacturerAustin-HealeyCountryUK

Bodywork

Base platformNumber of doors2
Bodywork typedrophead coupé (convertible coupé)Number of seats2
Bodywork designerCargo capacity (volume)
Passenger space (volume)Max. cargo capacity (volume)

Dimensions & Weight

Length3759 mm / 148.0 in / 148.0 inTotal (curb) weight851 kg / 1876 lb / 1876 lb
Width1537 mm / 60.5 in / 60.5 inDry weight
Height1067 mm / 42.0 in / 42.0 inLoad capacity
Wheelbase2286 mm / 90.0 in / 90.0 inGross (max.) weight
Track front1289 mm / 50.7 in / 50.7 inTowing weight
Track rear1289 mm / 50.7 in / 50.7 inWeight distribution (front)51.0 % / 51.0 % / 51.0 %
Ground clearance140 mm / 5.5 in / 5.5 inFuel capacity109 l / 24.0 UK gal / 28.8 US gal
Length/wheelbase ratio1.64  

Aerodynamics

Drag coefficient (Cd, Cx, Cw)Frontal area (A)1.39 m2 / 15.0 sq ft / 15.0 sq ft (est.)
Aerodynamic coefficient (Cd×A)Aerodynamic resistance (Aero horse power) at 100 km/h (62 mph)

Engine

Engine CodeTotal number of cylinders4
Engine Typestraight (inline) Total number of valves8
Engine ManufacturerAustinValves per cylinder2
Engine constructionBore87.3 mm / 3.44 in / 3.44 in
Fuelpetrol (gasoline)Stroke111.1 mm / 4.37 in / 4.37 in
Fuel detailsBore/Stroke ratio0.79
Fuel supply2 SU H6 carbsEngine displacement2660 cm3 / 162.3 cu in / 162.3 cu in
Engine Main bearings3Unitary capacity665.00 cm3/cylinder / 40.581 cu in/cylinder / 40.581 cu in/cylinder
Cam DesignOHV (overhead valve, I-head)Compression ratio8.3 : 1
SumpwetMax. output power98.4 kW / 132.0 hp / 132.0 hp at 4750 rpm / 4750 rpm / 4750 rpm
AspirationnaturalMax. torque228.0 N·m / 168.2 lb·ft / 168.2 lb·ft at 2500 rpm / 2500 rpm / 2500 rpm
Compressor typeN/AMaximum rpm
IntercoolernoMax. net output (power at the wheels)40.0 kW / 53.7 hp / 53.7 hp (est.)
CoolantwaterSpecific output37.0 kW/l / 0.813 bhp/cu in / 0.813 bhp/cu in
Catalytic converternoSpecific torque85.7 N·m/l / 0.75 lb·ft/cu in / 0.75 lb·ft/cu in

Transmission

Transmission typemanualNumber of gears4
Wheel driverear wheel driveTop gear (drive) ratio1
  Final gear (drive) ratio2.92

Performance

Acceleration 0-50 mph (80 km/h)5.60 s / 5.60 s / 5.60 sTop (maximal) speed190 km/h / 118 mph / 118 mph
Acceleration 0-60 mph (97 km/h)7.80 s / 7.80 s / 7.80 sPower-to-weight ratio155.1 kW/ton / 117.5 bhp/ton / 117.5 bhp/ton
Acceleration 0-100 km/hFuel consumption, City (urban)
Acceleration 0-100 mph (160 km/h)24.40 s / 24.40 s / 24.40 sFuel consumption, Road (extra-urban)
Acceleration 80-120 km/h (50-70 mph) in topFuel consumption, Mixed (combined)
Standing ¼mile time Fuel consumption, Euro
Standing kilometer time CO2 emissions
  Range

Chassis

Engine locationfrontEngine alignmentlongitudinal
Steeringcam & pegSteering details
Turns lock-to-lockTurning circle10.7 m / 35.1 ft / 35.1 ft
Suspension frontIndependent, Coil springs, Wishbone (A-arm, control arm), Anti-roll (anti-sway) bar (ARB)Suspension rearLive axle, Semi-elliptic leaf springs
Wheels frontWheels rear
Tyres front5.50 x 15Tyres rear5.50 x 15
Brakes frontdiscBrakes reardisc
Brake diameter front292 mm / 11.5 in / 11.5 inBrake diameter rear292 mm / 11.5 in / 11.5 in
Brakes detailsBraked area

Technical specifications and performance data of Austin-Healey 100S

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