Two owners, 64,000 miles from new 1961 Austin-Healey 3000 MkII Roadster Registration no. 234 MYD Chassis no. HBT7/14945 Engine no. 1666
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 model. In '3000' form the rugged Austin six delivered 124bhp at 4,600rpm; good enough for a top speed of 114mph with the optional hardtop in place. Otherwise, the car was much as its immediate predecessor, though the more-powerful disc brakes were a welcome improvement. Unveiled in March 1961, the MkII version with restyled grille and bonnet intake was the last available as a two-seater, the 2+2 version having been for years the more popular. Engine improvements in the form of triple SU carburettors and a revised camshaft liberated an extra 8bhp. From November '61 the 3000 was equipped with a new gearbox, a development that at last moved the gear lever to the centre of the transmission tunnel. Production ceased in 1962 after 5,095 2+2s and 355 two-seaters had been built, though the MkII Convertible continued until the introduction of the 3000 MkIII in 1963.
This Austin-Healey 3000 MkII 2+2 was purchased new as an engagement gift for the original owner - John Hall - by his fiancée. Following Mr Hall's death, the car was offered for sale by his family in September 1997 at Brooks' Beaulieu sale (Lot 561) where it was purchased by the current owner's wife as a birthday gift for him evidently history does repeat itself! Painstakingly restored between 1991 and 1993 by TT Workshops of Westbury, Wiltshire at a cost of circa £83,000, it was rightly described in 1997 as in concours condition in all respects. '234 MYD' has been refinished in its original Old English White livery with black interior and is accompanied by a factory hardtop (in black) and full weather equipment. During the current owner's 15 years stewardship the car has been expertly maintained by Central Garage, Pershore. Little used in recent years, hence the decision to sell, it comes with numerous invoices, old-style logbook, current road fund licence, MoT to May 2013 and Swansea V5 document.