1961 Austin-Healey 3000 MkIISOLD
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Estimate: £15000 - £20000

Sold: £19,600

The Austin Healey 3000 has endeared itself to enthusiasts the world over, not least for those who remember the sight and sound of this muscular British sports car roaring to spectacular success in international rallying. A development of the Austin Healey 100-6, itself born of the four cylinder 100, the 3000 was launched in March 1959. Like the 100-6 , in either two seat BN7 or 2+2 BT7 guise, it used a simple but torsionally strong ladder frame chassis with Austin A90 independent coil spring/wishbone front suspension and a live leafsprung rear axle located by Panhard rod. Front disc brakes were fitted for the first time. Under the bonnet the 100-6‘s 2,639cc engine was enlarged to 2,912cc and, via twin SU carburettors, it produced 124bhp at 4,600rpm with an impressive 162lb.ft torque at 2,700rpm. Mated to a four-speed gearbox and capable of 110mph (116mph with overdrive) and 0-60mph in 11.4 seconds, the 3000 received much praise for effortless performance and fine handling.

It wasn‘t long before the 3000 proved highly competitive in international rallying, displaying both pace and great strength on its 1959 Alpine Rally debut. It was a sign of things to come, Big Healeys scoring numerous successes with great drivers such as the Morley brothers, Pat Moss, Paddy Hopkirk, Peter Riley, Timo Makinen and Rauno Altonen.

May 1961 saw the introduction of the Mk II with new grille and bonnet intake, three carburettors on a semi-downdraught manifold and a new camshaft and 132bhp at 4,750rpm. Further improvements came in August 1962 in BJ7 form with standard 2+2 seating, permanently attached hood and wind-up windows.

Rolling off the Abingdon production line in 1961 this Healey was delivered new to Jacksonville, Florida, where it remained until being exported to England in 1993. The car has been with the current owner for the last twelve years where it has resided in a climate controlled garage. As you would expect the car is presented in highly original condition and is supplied with an MoT test certificate, new black soft top and V5 registration document. Despite the lack of paperwork accompanying the car, it is described by the vendor as in sound mechanical condition and would appear to have been restored at some point in the last 25 years. Finished in the very attractive colour combination of black over white ivory with black leather interior, this Healey, sitting on the correct wire wheels, looks striking from every angle.

Reference Number 43479

as of 5/12/2009

Car 1961 Austin-Healey 3000 MkII
VIN HBT7L12544 
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