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. In 3000 form the rugged Austin six delivered 124bhp at 4,600rpm, good enough for a top speed (in overdrive) of 114mph. Otherwise, the car remained much as the 100/6, though the more-powerful disc brakes were a welcome improvement. The original 3000 was built from March 1959 to March 1961 as models BN7 Mark I (2-seater) and BT7 Mark I (2+2 version), becoming known as the Mark I after the Mark II was released.
Robust and tuneable, in its time the Big Healey was immensely popular with privateer racers and rally drivers. Today, forty years after the end of production, Healey 3000s continue to be extensively campaigned in historic motorsport, both in tarmac events and on the rough stuff. Replicas of the works rally cars are among the most sought-after variants, and an extensive cottage industry of recognised specialists exists to cater for the demand for Austin-Healey parts, servicing and competition preparation.
In current ownership for some forty-five years, this lovely original Healey has been garage kept and used sparingly by its owner, an engineer by trade. The bodywork has seen some restoration work in the past, which included the fitment of new wings front and rear, and a full repaint.
At the same time new seat covers and carpets were fitted, as was a new wiring loom. The engine has covered a mere 500 miles since a full rebuild. More recently the carburettors have been rebuilt, a new fuel pump fitted, and the ignition overhauled.
Offered in original UK right hand drive configuration, WHO 799 is a rare 2-seater BN7 model, of which only 2,825 were produced, compared with 10,825 for the 4-seater BT7.
Fitted with overdrive from new, and offered with its original hard top, spares, original logbook and receipts for work done over the years, this is a charming Healey with bags of potential for its next owner.
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|Auction||Blenheim Palace July 2015|
|Day of Auction||N/A|
|Registration Number||WHO 799|
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