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, forty years after production ceased, 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 is a genuine Colorado Red car, shipped to Florida in 1962, and purchased by an airline stewardess. After fourteen years she sold the Healey to a gentleman in Illinois, who went on to own it for the following thirty-five years.
Imported into the UK in late 2014, the current owner has overhauled the carburettors, fitted a new fuel pump, and rebuilt the clutch hydraulics. The Healey starts with ease, runs very smoothly, and can be driven on private grounds with the use of a handbrake.
A very original and unbelievably solid car, this Healey is a great basis for restoration to its former glory. Chassis 20998 is offered with a US title document, UK customs clearance and NOVA documentation.
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