Works prepared by the BMC Competitions Department,1962 Austin Healey 3000 MkIIA Convertible  Chassis no. HBT7/21662 Engine no. 29F-RU-H/2513
Lot 302
Works prepared by the BMC Competitions Department, 1962 Austin Healey 3000 MkIIA Convertible
Registration no. 744 GON Chassis no. HBT7/21662 Engine no. 29F-RU-H/2513
Sold for £24,150 (US$ 37,519) inc. premium

Lot Details
Works prepared by the BMC Competitions Department,1962 Austin Healey 3000 MkIIA Convertible  Chassis no. HBT7/21662 Engine no. 29F-RU-H/2513 Works prepared by the BMC Competitions Department,1962 Austin Healey 3000 MkIIA Convertible  Chassis no. HBT7/21662 Engine no. 29F-RU-H/2513 Works prepared by the BMC Competitions Department,1962 Austin Healey 3000 MkIIA Convertible  Chassis no. HBT7/21662 Engine no. 29F-RU-H/2513 Works prepared by the BMC Competitions Department,1962 Austin Healey 3000 MkIIA Convertible  Chassis no. HBT7/21662 Engine no. 29F-RU-H/2513
Works prepared by the BMC Competitions Department
1962 Austin Healey 3000 MkIIA Convertible
Registration no. 744 GON
Chassis no. HBT7/21662
Engine no. 29F-RU-H/2513

Footnotes

  • This Austin-Healey 3000 MkIIA was built in October 1962 and registered that same month in Birmingham as '744 GON'. It was then sent to BMC's Competitions Department (listed as first owner in the original logbook) and prepared to Liège-Sofia-Liège Rally specification for the personal use of Umberto Pizzagalli. A frequent visitor to BMC's Cowley and Longbridge factories, Umberto Pizzagalli was the resident engineer for Innocenti, which manufactured various BMC designs under license in Italy.

    The Competitions Department's in-period engine modifications included a polished cylinder head; special valve springs; competition camshaft; balanced crankshaft; a sump guard and special works inlet manifolds mounting three SU HD8 carburettors. Chassis and body modifications included strengthening the former and modifying the inner wing to aid cooling. There is also evidence of an additional cooling vent ahead of the windscreen and modifications to the gearbox tunnel. Power was transmitted via a straight-cut gearbox, complete with competition overdrive, to a 4.3:1-ratio final drive. Running gear improvements included 14-leaf rear springs, twin clutch and brake reservoirs and Minilite alloy wheels, while the interior was equipped with competition seats and additional instrumentation in the form of an ammeter.

    '744 GON' comes with an extensive history file containing two BMIHT certificates confirming its origins. Additional documentation includes correspondence between previous owners and others; various inspection reports; numerous photographs (including of the modified components); letters from ex-BMC employees verifying the car's provenance; assorted expired MoTs and copies of old UK registration papers. The file also contains various press articles, including ones confirming the car's presence at Silverstone's 1988 Donald Healey tribute meeting following Donald's death in January of that year.

    The Healey had been in storage for many years and was in 'barn find' condition when purchased by the immediately preceding owner in 2002 and taken to Australia. Photographs on file taken in 1993 show that the car was in good condition at that time. '744 GON' has been kept in storage since 2002 and is in effectively the same condition as when purchased. Some of the original parts have been removed: the alloy front wings have been replaced with steel ones while the rear rally spotlight is missing. The cowl vent has been filled in (the opening is still visible beneath the dashboard) and the competition gearbox and overdrive replaced with standard components (originals with car). Nevertheless, apart from the aforementioned items, most of the original components and modifications appear to be present, including the factory hardtop. Records indicate that the registration number is still with the car so the next owner should be able to obtain a new UK V5C registration document from the DVLA.

    No Reserve.

Saleroom notices

  • Gearbox: We are pleased to report that this Lot does have the original straight cut competition gearbox installed, the work being undertaken by the Seller earlier this year. No spare gearbox is offered with the car. The Chassis number printed in the catalogue – HBT7/21662 – is incorrect. Both Chassis plate on bulkhead and paperwork on file refers to HBJ7/21662. There is a body plate affixed to the car reading ¬?128BJ757423. The car is sold as viewed.
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