1961 AUSTIN-HEALEY  3000 MK II BN7 TWO-SEATER  Chassis no. HBN7L/16207 Engine no. 29E-RU-H/2571

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Exquisite restoration
1961 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 MK II BN7 TWO-SEATER

Sold for US$ 70,400 inc. premium
1961 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 MK II BN7 TWO-SEATER

Chassis no. HBN7L/16207
Engine no. 29E-RU-H/2571

2,912cc OHV Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
3 SU Carburetors
132bhp at 4,750rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission with Overdrive
Independent Front Suspension – Live Rear Axle
Front Disc – Rear Drum Brakes

*Exceedingly rare Two-Seater, Tri Carb LHD BN7
*Exquisite restoration of a highly original car
*In current ownership since 1987
*Certified by BMI Heritage Trust
*Offered with Hard Top, weather equipment and tools



The Austin-Healey 3000

The 'Big Healey' retained the essence of its curvaceous long hood/short deck progenitor, the Austin-Healey 100/4. Designed as a sports car and indeed quite successful in rallying and racing, the Austin-Healey had by 1960 evolved into a far more civilized and capable machine. 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 a 114mph top speed and a 0-60mph time of approximately 11 seconds.

In 1960, the marque saw great success on the 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 the great power of their 3-liter engines.


The Motorcar Offered

As Austin-Healey enthusiasts will know, the 3000 Mk II BN7 as offered here is the rarest of the series, with only 355 ever made. Completed at the Healey works in December 1961, the new BN7 was dispatched on the 5th of January 1962, and bound for Detroit, USA. The car was configured as a left hand drive car, and was equipped with wire wheels, overdrive, a heater, adjustable steering column, laminated windscreen, Dunlop Road Speed tires, and a black hard top. The car was painted Colorado Red and trimmed in Grey.

The Healey is believed to have moved on from its Detroit destination soon after arriving on US shores, and resided in California during the 1980's, where it was registered in old black and yellow, CA state license plates. The BN7 was purchased here in 1987, by the current owner; an Australian Healey enthusiast. Soon after arriving in Australia, a comprehensive, show quality nut and bolt restoration was begun. The rare BN7 Mk II is said to have been in very solid and undamaged condition at the time, still retaining the original body, engine and chassis. The car was stripped down to literally the last nut and bolt, and in an effort to maintain the greatest possible degree of originality, components were restored rather than replaced wherever possible. The car was repainted in cellulose for the most authentic appearance, and the interior was trimmed in the best materials available, hand-dyed to match the original grey color.

Mechanically the car was gone through from front to back, with all parts stripped down and reconditioned. The engine was stripped, measured, cleaned and carefully assembled with new rings and bearings. Due to the cars low mileage, it did not need oversize pistons, and still runs what is believed to be the original, factory installed pistons.

The cooling system, starter and generator, carburetors and electrical systems were all re-conditioned. The braking and suspension systems were all renewed, and the fuel tank was dipped and re-painted. Correctly painted Dunlop wire wheels of the correct 48-spoke variety were fitted, with NOS Dunlop 5.90 x 15 RS5 Road speed tires.

Equipped with an original owner's handbook, jack and handle, tools, hardtop, tonneau cover and soft-top, this must be one of the best-restored and rarest Austin-Healey 3000's on the market today. Benefitting from the generous power output of the 3-litre, tri-carb six-cylinder engine, and the sporting 2-seat Roadster cockpit; these rare Mk II BN7's are really an ideal choice for tours and rallies. Offered here is a very special Austin-Healey.

Footnotes

  • Please note that this car is titled as a 1962.
Contacts
1961 AUSTIN-HEALEY  3000 MK II BN7 TWO-SEATER  Chassis no. HBN7L/16207 Engine no. 29E-RU-H/2571
1961 AUSTIN-HEALEY  3000 MK II BN7 TWO-SEATER  Chassis no. HBN7L/16207 Engine no. 29E-RU-H/2571
1961 AUSTIN-HEALEY  3000 MK II BN7 TWO-SEATER  Chassis no. HBN7L/16207 Engine no. 29E-RU-H/2571
1961 AUSTIN-HEALEY  3000 MK II BN7 TWO-SEATER  Chassis no. HBN7L/16207 Engine no. 29E-RU-H/2571
1961 AUSTIN-HEALEY  3000 MK II BN7 TWO-SEATER  Chassis no. HBN7L/16207 Engine no. 29E-RU-H/2571
1961 AUSTIN-HEALEY  3000 MK II BN7 TWO-SEATER  Chassis no. HBN7L/16207 Engine no. 29E-RU-H/2571
1961 AUSTIN-HEALEY  3000 MK II BN7 TWO-SEATER  Chassis no. HBN7L/16207 Engine no. 29E-RU-H/2571
1961 AUSTIN-HEALEY  3000 MK II BN7 TWO-SEATER  Chassis no. HBN7L/16207 Engine no. 29E-RU-H/2571
1961 AUSTIN-HEALEY  3000 MK II BN7 TWO-SEATER  Chassis no. HBN7L/16207 Engine no. 29E-RU-H/2571
1961 AUSTIN-HEALEY  3000 MK II BN7 TWO-SEATER  Chassis no. HBN7L/16207 Engine no. 29E-RU-H/2571
1961 AUSTIN-HEALEY  3000 MK II BN7 TWO-SEATER  Chassis no. HBN7L/16207 Engine no. 29E-RU-H/2571
1961 AUSTIN-HEALEY  3000 MK II BN7 TWO-SEATER  Chassis no. HBN7L/16207 Engine no. 29E-RU-H/2571
1961 AUSTIN-HEALEY  3000 MK II BN7 TWO-SEATER  Chassis no. HBN7L/16207 Engine no. 29E-RU-H/2571
1961 AUSTIN-HEALEY  3000 MK II BN7 TWO-SEATER  Chassis no. HBN7L/16207 Engine no. 29E-RU-H/2571
1961 AUSTIN-HEALEY  3000 MK II BN7 TWO-SEATER  Chassis no. HBN7L/16207 Engine no. 29E-RU-H/2571
1961 AUSTIN-HEALEY  3000 MK II BN7 TWO-SEATER  Chassis no. HBN7L/16207 Engine no. 29E-RU-H/2571
1961 AUSTIN-HEALEY  3000 MK II BN7 TWO-SEATER  Chassis no. HBN7L/16207 Engine no. 29E-RU-H/2571
1961 AUSTIN-HEALEY  3000 MK II BN7 TWO-SEATER  Chassis no. HBN7L/16207 Engine no. 29E-RU-H/2571
1961 AUSTIN-HEALEY  3000 MK II BN7 TWO-SEATER  Chassis no. HBN7L/16207 Engine no. 29E-RU-H/2571
1961 AUSTIN-HEALEY  3000 MK II BN7 TWO-SEATER  Chassis no. HBN7L/16207 Engine no. 29E-RU-H/2571
1961 AUSTIN-HEALEY  3000 MK II BN7 TWO-SEATER  Chassis no. HBN7L/16207 Engine no. 29E-RU-H/2571
1961 AUSTIN-HEALEY  3000 MK II BN7 TWO-SEATER  Chassis no. HBN7L/16207 Engine no. 29E-RU-H/2571
1961 AUSTIN-HEALEY  3000 MK II BN7 TWO-SEATER  Chassis no. HBN7L/16207 Engine no. 29E-RU-H/2571
1961 AUSTIN-HEALEY  3000 MK II BN7 TWO-SEATER  Chassis no. HBN7L/16207 Engine no. 29E-RU-H/2571
1961 AUSTIN-HEALEY  3000 MK II BN7 TWO-SEATER  Chassis no. HBN7L/16207 Engine no. 29E-RU-H/2571
1961 AUSTIN-HEALEY  3000 MK II BN7 TWO-SEATER  Chassis no. HBN7L/16207 Engine no. 29E-RU-H/2571
1961 AUSTIN-HEALEY  3000 MK II BN7 TWO-SEATER  Chassis no. HBN7L/16207 Engine no. 29E-RU-H/2571
1961 AUSTIN-HEALEY  3000 MK II BN7 TWO-SEATER  Chassis no. HBN7L/16207 Engine no. 29E-RU-H/2571
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