Lot 244: Austin-Healey 3000 Mk II A
The Austin Healey 3000 has endeared itself to enthusiasts the world over, not least for those who remember the sight and sound of this muscular British sports car roaring to spectacular success in international rallying. A development of the Austin Healey 100-6, itself born of the four cylinder 100, the 3000 was launched in March 1959. Like the 100-6, in either two seat BN7 or 2+2 BT7 guise, it used a simple but torsionally strong ladder frame chassis with independent coil spring/wishbone front suspension and a live leaf sprung rear axle with front disc brakes were fitted for the first time. Under the bonnet the 100-6's 2,639cc engine was enlarged to 2,912cc and, via twin SU carburetors, it produced 124bhp at 4,600rpm. Mated to a four-speed gearbox and capable of 110mph (116mph with overdrive) and 0-60mph in 11.4 seconds, the 3000 received much praise for effortless performance and fine handling. Displaying both pace and great strength on its 1959 Alpine Rally debut. It was a sign of things to come, Big Healeys scoring numerous successes with great drivers such as the Morley brothers, Pat Moss, Paddy Hopkirk, Peter Riley and Timo Makinen. An original left hand drive example with overdrive, produced for the North American market, this pretty Austin Healey was imported to Holland in 1981 and has been residing in the collection of the vendor for some 15 years. Attractively finished in British Racing Green with a contrasting black interior, it is being described by the vendor as in largely good condition throughout, it benefits form a new set of carpets and is certainly a worthwhile purchase to be enjoyed in the coming summer months.
Coys, Essen, Germany
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