1962 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk II Convertible
Chassis no. HBT7L16249
Engine no. 29ERUH2645
2,912cc inline six-cylinder
Four-speed manual transmission
Triple SU carburetors
Classic Big Healey looks and performance
BT7 2+2 four-seater
Born out of a racer's desire and a car magnate's marketing prowess, the Austin-Healey was born in 1953. Donald Healey first post-war creation was the Nash-Healey hybrid, a combination of a Nash six cylinder, Healey Silverstone chassis, and aluminum body. He then moved on to a show car based on the Austin A90 for the 1952 London Motor Show; the Austin division of BMC jumped on it and the Austin-Healey 100 became a reality, instantly becoming a favorite with sports car aficionados.
The Austin-Healey 3000 entered the world in 1959 as the replacement for the Austin-Healey 100-6. While the car had a new name, the 3000 was merely an embryonic version available as a two-seater and a two-plus-two. With a 2.9-litre straight-six with twin SU carburetors and front discs, it was a strong performer in the jaunty sports car mold that included four-cylinder MGs and Triumphs. In May of 1961, BMC upgraded their flagship Austin-Healey 3000 with three SU HS4 carburetors, modified valve springs and a new camshaft. Designated the Mk II, it was more powerful than the four-cylinder Triumph TR3A and less expensive than the Jaguar E-Type.
As tested by the British magazine The Motor, a 1961 3000 four-seat convertible with hardtop and overdrive had a top speed of 112.9 mph and could do the 060 mph sprint in 10.9 seconds. Running changes in mid-1962 created the "late" Mk II with one fewer carburetor and marginal styling updates until October 1963, when the Mk III debuted.
This 1962 Austin Healey 3000 Mk II is every sports car purist's dream. The previous owner purchased this vehicle in 1991 and painstakingly restored it from the ground up; the numbers-matching engine was completely rebuilt six years ago. The Mk II comes with its Heritage Certificate so you can see everything is factory correct apart from the wheels, which have replaced with the traditional 72-spoke wire wheels. Dressed in a stunning Colorado Red exterior, this vehicle has an equally impressive interior with matching red leather seats and door panels, red carpets, red dash treatment, and the extremely desirable center-mounted shifter. With just 844 miles recorded since its rebuild, this Austin-Healey 3000 Mk II awaits the spring season and a new owner.