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.
Chassis 22338 rolled out of the factory on 7th February 1963, and was immediately shipped to Florida. It later found its way to Texas, until it was brought back into the UK in November 2014.
Clearly the car has enjoyed restoration work, which has mellowed very nicely, while still presenting in exceptional condition according to the vendor.
Since being repatriated, and with the carburettors having been rebuilt, WTN 260A is said to drive and perform very well, and has proven reliable in the current ownership. Fully UK registered, and offered with a UK V5 and MoT, this is a fun, usable, trusty companion which can be driven and enjoyed right away.
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