1961 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk II BT7 Convertible
Chassis no. HBT7-L/15724
Engine no. 29E-RUH/2013
2,912cc inline six-cylinder
Four-speed transmission with overdrive
BT7 four-seater configuration
Full road equipment
Recently recommissioned car
The "Big Healey" retained the essence of its curvaceous long hood/short deck progenitor, the Austin-Healey 100/4 roadster of 1953. Designed as a sports car and indeed quite successful in rallying and racing, the Austin Healey had by 1961 evolved into the far more civilized and capable machine. The enlargement of its C-Series six-cylinder engine to 2,912cc and the adoption of Girling front disc brakes differentiated the new-for-1959 Austin-Healey 3000 from the preceding 100/6. In '3000' form the rugged Austin six delivered 124bhp at 4,600rpm, good enough for a top speed in overdrive of 114mph with the optional hardtop in place. Otherwise, the car remained much as the 100/6, though the more-powerful disc brakes were a welcome improvement. Unveiled in March 1961, the Mk II version with restyled grille and bonnet intake was the last 3000 available as a two-seater, the 2+2 (BT7) option having been for years the more popular. Engine improvements in the form of triple SU carburetors and a revised camshaft liberated an extra 8bhp.
Contemporary road tests typically recorded performance figures for the Mk II of 114mph top speed and a 0-60mph time of approximately 11 seconds. Mk II production ceased later in 1962 after 5,095 2+2s and 355 two-seaters had been built, though the Convertible continued until the introduction of the 3000 Mk III in 1963.
After sitting for 15 years, this delightful Big Healey was recently re-commissioned with new triple-laced wire wheels, new stainless exhaust and alloy sump pan. Showing 89,588 miles on the clock, the Healey is finished in Colorado Red with contrasting white upholstery piped in red, red carpets and comes with full road equipment including top, side curtains, tonneau and tools.
First registered in 1962, the car has the correct triple carburetors and four-speed 'box with overdrive. We are advised by the vendor that this Big Healey is a capable and enjoyable driver, offering all the thrills of a classic British roadster in a comfortable and desirable specification.