1966 Austin-Healey 3000SOLD

1966 Austin Healy 3000

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The ultimate British roadster might just be the Austin-Healey 3000, and this stunning black-on-black 1966 Mark III stands at the very top of the desirability scale. The days of these being $20,000 toys are over, and the finest examples like this are now A-list collector's items that have rightfully earned a spot among the truly great road machines. There's no mistaking the long hood of the Austin-Healey, the dipped door line that's a traditional British roadster styling element, and the rounded trunk. It embodies the long hood/short deck profile that suggests great speed, and in this car's case, it's no illusion. A top-flight restoration ensures that the body is as straight as possible, there's absolutely zero rust underneath, and finish quality is beyond reproach. The chrome and trim are equally nice, from the trapezoidal front grille that instantly identifies a big Healey to the cool emblem on the trunk lid with a lightning bolt through it, this car has been restored to collect trophies at the highest levels. All the correct details are there, including Lucas light fixtures, fender-mounted rear-view mirrors, and, of course, that delicate strip of chrome that neatly traces the top of the fender line from nose to tail. Nobody can argue that the big Healeys aren't fantastic-looking sports cars. Thanks to its longish wheelbase, these are also among the most comfortable sportsters of the period. The black leather interior has been sumptuously restored using correct materials and patterns, and workmanship is every bit as nice as the British artisans' who did the original work. Compare the basic dashboard of your average MG with the gorgeous polished walnut inserts inside this Healey, the wonderfully restored Smiths gauges, and the delicate chrome accents, all of which give this roadster a vastly more upscale look and feel. The big Healeys also offered more creature comforts than most, including an AM radio and a heater/defroster that actually works as advertised. Roll-up windows are a big plus, and there's a new black convertible top and a snug-fitting tonneau that gives this 3000 a very Le Mans feel. Key up the big 3-liter six and you'll understand why these cars have skyrocketed in value over the past few years. There's nothing like the sound a big-bore six, and the torquey powerplant moves the relatively lightweight car with effortless ease. You'll never grow tired of slipping through the four-speed gearbox, blipping the throttle on downshifts, and unwinding that big engine in every gear. Or, for relaxed cruising, there's an overdrive, so it just loafs along at highway speeds without strain. The engine bay is expertly detailed and the restoration is fresh, so everything is in show-ready condition. Correct finishes were used throughout, with smart upgrades to make it reliable. New chrome wire wheels give it the perfect roadster look, with new 205/65/15 radials to make it ride smooth and handle sharp. These are probably not going to be bargains ever again, and it pays to buy the best. This is it. Call today!

Reference Number 190419

as of 8/27/2012

Overview
Car 1966 Austin-Healey 3000
VIN HBJ8L34040 
Mileage 76,756 miles 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Manual Shift 
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