1961 Austin-Healey 3000 BT7 Mk II
Chassis no. H-BT7-L/15724
Engine no. 29E-RU-H2013
The "big Healey" 3000 Mk I fully retained the essence of its curvaceous long hood/short deck progenitor, the Austin-Healey 100/4 sports convertible of 1953. Designed as a sports car and indeed quite successful in rallying and racing, the Austin Healey had by 1961 evolved into the more civilized 3000 Mk II, incorporating further tweaks to styling and mechanical componentry. Still equipped with Girling front disc brakes a feature introduced on the 3000 Mk I model the Mk II BT7 gained a third SU carburetor, pushing horsepower up to 132 from the otherwise unchanged torquey 2,912cc six-cylinder engine. 9:1 compression and a four-speed manual overdrive transmission provided performance worthy of its sporting heritage.
The big Healey offered here is presented in striking Colorado red, and retains its correct tri-carb setup. Acquired by the vendor from an estate, this Healey is described as a very nice driving example that has been maintained over the years, rather than restored. Furthermore, the vendor believes that the indicated mileage of just under 90,000 is accurate, though this has not been verified.
Treated to a sympathetic recommissioning by the vendor, including the addition of new wire wheels, this Healey will allow its new owner to experience the thrills of an open British sports car. Offered on an Oregon Certificate of Title.
- Please note, this vehicle was first sold in 1962 and is titled as a 1962.