1960 Austin-Healey 3000 MkI Roadster  Chassis no. HBT7-8020
Lot 321
1960 Austin-Healey 3000 MkI Roadster
Chassis no. HBT7-8020
£38,000 - 46,000
US$ 62,000 - 75,000

Lot Details
1960 Austin-Healey 3000 MkI Roadster  Chassis no. HBT7-8020 1960 Austin-Healey 3000 MkI Roadster  Chassis no. HBT7-8020 1960 Austin-Healey 3000 MkI Roadster  Chassis no. HBT7-8020 1960 Austin-Healey 3000 MkI Roadster  Chassis no. HBT7-8020
1960 Austin-Healey 3000 MkI Roadster
Chassis no. HBT7-8020

Footnotes

  • 'A classic competition car among the all-time greats in motoring history,' was how The Autocar magazine summed up the works Austin-Healey 3000 in 1963. Yet at the time of its arrival in 1959, few would have guessed that the low-slung 'Big Healey' would triumph over its apparent shortcomings so effectively that it now rates as one of the most successful rally cars of the 1960s.
    A development of the preceding 100/6 rather than a genuinely new model, the Austin-Healey 3000 was launched in March 1959. The two cars looked virtually identical and under the skin was the same separate ladder-type chassis and independent front/live rear axle suspension. Improvements to the 3000 included a slightly enlarged (to 2,912cc) version of the C-Series six-cylinder engine and Girling disc brakes up front, a development greeted with enthusiasm by devotees of this muscular British sports car. Breathing through twin SU carburettors, the revised power unit produced 124bhp at 4,600rpm; top speed - with the optional hardtop fitted - increased to 115mph with 60mph reachable in a little over 11 seconds. Like the 100/6, the 3000 was available in two-seater (BN7) and 2+2 (BT7) guises and came with wire wheels and adjustable front seats as standard.

    A BT7 2+2 model, this right-hand drive Austin-Healey 3000 MkI has been in Germany with its current owner since 1986. In 1990/1991 the car was treated to a complete 'ground upwards' restoration (see full photographic record on file) since when it has covered 5,541 kilometres (approximately 3,400 miles) in dry weather only, being stored in a low-humidity garage during the winter months. Described by the vendor as 'still in perfect shape', it is said to be a very good runner and problem free. Attractively finished in Old English White with red leather interior, this well presented 'Big Healey' is currently German registered and comes with valid TüV.
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