1960 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 MK I BT7  Chassis no. HBT7L 9299
Lot 111
Expertly restored example
1960 Austin-Healey 3000 MK I BT7
Sold for US$ 56,100 inc. premium

Lot Details
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1960 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 MK I BT7

Chassis no. HBT7L 9299

2,912cc OHV Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
2 SU Carburetors
124bhp at 4,600rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission with Overdrive
Front Independent Suspension – Live Rear Axle
Front Disc – Rear Drum Brakes


*Expertly restored example of the Big Healey
*Classic British Racing Green over Beige livery
*Delivered new to Canada with a long list of options
*Great classic for weekend drives or rallies
*Offered with comprehensive history file and Heritage Trust Certificate



THE AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000

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 1960 evolved into the far more civilized and capable machine as offered here. 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. Contemporary road tests typically recorded performance figures of 114mph top speed and a 0-60mph time of approximately 11 seconds.

In 1960, the second production year for the six-cylinder Healey's, the marque saw great success on the competitive international rally scene, with Pat Moss and Ann Wisdom winning the Liege-Rome-Liege, Coupes des Dames in Geneva and the Tulip Rally. With partial alloy bodies, these cars were light enough to perform admirably with extra power of the three-liter engine.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This beautiful example of the early 'Big-Healey' is a first series example of the 3000 model range. Completed at the Healey works in the early part of May 1960, the new BT7 was configured as a left hand drive example and specified for the Canadian market. The car was finished in black over a red interior, and fitted with a black convertible top. This Healey's long list of factory equipment included wire wheels, a heater, adjustable steering column, overdrive, Dunlop Roadspeed tires and a Ivory white hard top, no doubt useful in conjuction with the heater for chilly early morning Canadian country jaunts. The new 3000 was dispatched on May 21 for the Montreal, Canada Austin-Healey agency, where its lucky first owner soon took delivery.

The Healey's early history remains vague, but by the 2000s, the car was owned by Ontario resident Bill G. Rising. In need of both cosmetic and mechanical refurbishment, Mr. Rising embarked on a comprehensive, six-year restoration of the Austin-Healey, which was completed in 2008. Most of the work was performed by Ontario, Canada based Austin-Healey specialists, Autofarm. A very thorough job was evident in the finished product; Autofarm restored nearly all of the car's cosmetics, while refurbishing the mechanical aspects throughout as well. The car's exterior was finished in the timeless and appropriate color of British Racing Green, while the interior was neatly upholstered in appropriately complimentary beige. The wire wheels were upgraded to the stronger 72-spoke type in chrome. A detailed description of the work performed can be found in the car's history file, as well as a CD with photos and the Heritage Trust Certificate detaining original build details. It should be noted, that a new engine number plate was recently stamped with the engine number per the Heritage Certificate. The engine is of the correct type, but it has not been possible to confirm if it is in fact the original unit installed from new.

Today this charming BT7 presents beautifully in and out. Capable of highway speeds – especially with overdrive engaged -- these cars are very usable, even retaining a degree of relative practicality, and parts are readily available. A Healey is a wonderful classic for rallies or Concours events, or simply a weekend getaway in classic British style -- with room for luggage!

Without reserve

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  • Please note that this vehicle is titled as a 1961.
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