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 ralliers. Today, 40 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.
This well presented Healey 3000 Mk1 was first delivered in 1961, later being restored to a good standard in the UK. The bodywork in particular is very straight with good panel gaps all round, and we understand the Healey runs and drives very nicely through its overdrive gearbox, demonstrating the amount of careful maintenance which the car has enjoyed over the years.
Resplendent in Old English White over Red, with a lovely Red Leather interior and wire wheels, the Healey is offered with full weather protection in the form of side screens and a full tonneau. Supplied with a thick file of invoices and previous MOTs, and on Dutch registration papers, this is a fine example of an ever popular and attractive British sports car.