Lot 253: Austin-Healey 3000 Mk II
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 Austin A90 independent coil spring/wishbone front suspension and a live leaf-sprung rear axle located by Panhard rod. 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 carburettors, it produced 124bhp at 4,600rpm with an impressive 162lb.ft torque at 2,700rpm. 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. It wasn't long before the 3000 proved highly competitive in international rallying, 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, Timo Makinen and Rauno Altonen. May 1961 saw the introduction of the Mk II with new grille and bonnet intake, three carburettors on a semi-downdraught manifold, a new camshaft and 132bhp at 4,750rpm; difficulties with tuning, though, saw a reversion to twin SUs within a year during which the gearlever was finally located centrally. Further improvements came in August 1962 in BJ7 form with standard 2+2 seating, permanently attached hood and wind-up windows.
As with so many big Healeys, this car left the works in 1963 and was exported to the US in left hand drive configuration.
Many years later the car was bought by an English enthusiast and it received a ground-up restoration by a former Austin Healey works mechanic. A photographic documentation of the restoration work is available and comes with the car, which according to the vendor, remains in excellent condition throughout. European registered and ready to be enjoyed by its next owner at a sensible price.
Coys, Essen, Germany
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||€41783|
|Chassis number||HBJ7L 23767|
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