1960 Austin-Healey 3000 BT7 Mk145,000-50,000 GBP - Estimate

Gorgeous, nut and bolt restored, 220bhp, lightweight, 'Fast-Road' BT7.  

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Dating from April 1960, North American Export car with its Heritage Certificate
UK restoration commenced in 2015. Body and chassis fully stripped, shot blasted and powder coated
Purchased by our vendor in 2016, converted to 'fast-road' spec and the restoration completed
The lightweight bodywork is mainly aluminium, in A1 condition and very well finished in BRG
Dennis Welch aluminium cylinder head with roller rocker conversion. Triple 45DCOE Webers 
Extensive mechanical specification. 220bhp on the rolling road at Aldon Automotive 
 
The Austin Healey 3000 has become one of the best-known British classic cars of the 1950s and 1960s following spectacular success in international rallying and circuit racing. A development of the Austin Healey 100-6, itself born of the four-cylinder 100, the 3000 was launched in March 1959 and was a significant improvement on the earlier cars featuring front disc brakes, wire wheels as standard and a more powerful (124bhp) 2,912cc BMC C-Series engine, ensuring a top speed of approximately 120mph. There was also a choice of 2 seater (BN7) or 2 2 (BT7) body styles. The new 3000 was an instant success on the road, on the track and on the rally stage and has enjoyed a large club following ever since. 
According to the accompanying BMI Heritage Certificate, this Austin-Healey 3000 (#BT7-L/8591) was assembled between the 1st and 4th April 1960 and dispatched to Los Angeles, California on April the 8th. It was built with left-hand drive, finished in Ivory White with black trim and "factory-fitted" with Disc wheels, Roadspeed tyres, Laminated windscreen, Adjustable steering column, MPH Speedo, a Heater and Overdrive.It was purchased by our vendor in 2015 as a stalled restoration project, the previous owner had stripped the car and gone as far as having the chassis shot blasted and powder coated, before deciding that the project was a bit too much for him.
The restoration has now been completed by our vendor who has spent tens of thousands of pounds during the process of turning the BT7 into one of the smartest 'Fast road' Healeys we have ever seen. Now superbly finished in British Racing Green, the body is mainly aluminium with the original Healey shrouds having been restored using traditional panel beating methods, an aluminium bonnet is fitted, as is an aluminium boot lid. The doors are aluminium skinned over the original steel frames and the wings are original.
The car's specification is extensive but includes;
 
Dennis Welch aluminium cylinder head with roller rocker conversion
Dennis Welch intake manifold holding triple 45DCOE Weber carburettors
DWR2 300 degree camshaft, tubular exhaust manifold with a competition silencer
High torque starter motor, canister oil filter conversion, Mallory distributor with Lumination ignition
Alternator conversion, large-capacity water pump, bespoke aluminium radiator, electric fan
Racing red key isolation switch mounted under the dash. Powervamp Racing battery
Straight cut/close ratio gearbox, manual overdrive, competition clutch, lightened flywheel
Torque biasing limited slip differential, high deflection drive shafts
Aluminium fuel tank, high-capacity fuel pump Willans seat harnesses, fire extinguisher, roll bar
Restored black leather bucket seats, new black carpets, fully retrimmed 
Wire wheels shot blasted, painted, and fitted with five new Michelin XAS 180 HR 15
All new chrome work, competition racing grille, hard top in Old English White
On a recent visit to Aldon Automotive's rolling road, we understand that after setting up, the engine displayed an output of a remarkable 220bhp. During September 2017 the car was fully inspected by an Austin-Healey specialist for insurance valuation purposes and they concluded that the "Body, interior and Engine were in A1 condition" and placed the 'total loss value' at £70,000.
This lovely 'Big Healey' is accompanied by its Heritage Certificate, Insurance Valuation, some photographs of the restoration, and will have a fresh MOT in time for the sale.
 
 
 

Reference Number 579259

as of 6/18/2019

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Lot SA-0014801

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Overview
Car 1960 Austin-Healey 3000 BT7 Mk1
Registration 288 UYW 
Transmission Manual Shift 
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The body is mainly aluminium with the original Healey shrouds having been restored using traditional panel beating methods, an aluminium bonnet is fitted, as is an aluminium boot lid. The doors are aluminium skinned over the original steel frames the four wings are still originals This car is fitted with Dennis Welch aluminium cylinder head with roller rocker conversion. Dennis Welch intake manifold holding triple 45DCOE Weber carburettors, DWR2 300 degree camshaft, tuber exhaust manifold with a competition silencer. High torque starter motor, canister oil filter conversion, Malloy distributor with lumination ignition, alternator conversion, large capacity water pump, coupled to a bespoke aluminium radiator that is in turn cooled by an electric fan. A straight cut/close ratio gearbox handles the power from a competition clutch with a lightened flywheel, while the torque biasing limited slip differential receives its power along a high deflection drive shaft. Aluminium fuel tank with high capacity fuel pump & racing red key isolation switch mounted under the dash. Power Van Racing battery. The car has been set up on a rolling road at Aldon Automotive where it produced 220BhpThe car has been fitted with the following during the restoration Willans seat harnesses, two new restored black leather seats, new black carpets, fire extinguisher, the wheels have all been shot blasted and painted, these were then fitted with five new Michelin XAS 180 HR 15, emergency cut off key for tracking racing, roll bar fitted, manual overdrive fitted to the gearbox, competition racing grill, all new chrome work has been replaced as well as the interior trimBritish Motor Industry Heritage Trust certificate included, issued 15th June 2015. A new MOT will be included prior to collection for the auction