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Lot 71: Austin Healey 3000 Mk II BJVII

Classics, Charterhouse (17 July 2011)

DonaldHealey's association with Austin started with theHealey 100 which debuted at the 1952 Earl's CourtMotor Show. It was powered by Austin's 90Atlantics four cylinder engine and running gear.BMC's Leonard Lord secured the production rightsto the car at the show and the Austin Healeylegend was born. There followed further revisionsto the design over the years, incorporating thelarger six cylinder engines which weresubsequently known as the 100/6 and 3000. The3000 Mk II version was introduced in 1961,initially with triple SU HS4 four carburettors andan improved cam shaft in either a four seatconfiguration, code named BT7, or a two seaterversion, code named BN7. But due to difficultiesin balancing the triple carburettors these modelswere discontinued and were subsequently replacedwith the twin carburettored car, code named BJ7,in January 1962. The 3000 Mk II BJ7 we have thepleasure in offering for auction was originally aleft hand drive car, which was exported to NorthAmerica. It subsequently returned to these shoresin 1994, where upon a full bare metal andcomprehensive restoration was carried out by thecurrent vendor. During the restoration the bigHealey was converted to right hand drive and aMk III dashboard was installed. Finished in black´┐Żwith a beautiful tan brown piped leather interior,which is complemented by the black full weathergear, consisting of a hood, a full tonneau and ahood cover. Further refinements include woolcarpets, chrome wire wheels, calibrated revcounter and speedometer, four speed gearbox withoverdrive and battery cut out switch. Since therestoration, which was completed in 1995, thevendor has covered approximately 12,500 totallyreliable miles on Continental tours and regularitytime trials. There is a vast and comprehensivephotographic record of the restoration in a historyfile, covering all aspects of the restoration andsubsequent maintenance. The vendor is retaininghis personal number plate and a new age-relatednumber plate should be issued by the time of theauction. This big Healey is superbly presentedand has been maintained with no expense sparedsince the restoration and offers the next owner anopportunity to purchase a properly fettled car.V5C, MOT to February 2012, taxed to December2011

Lot Details
Auction Classics
Charterhouse, Sherborne Castle, Sherborne, Dorset
Lot Number71
Hammer Price£27500
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Condition rating0
Registration number
Chassis numberH-BJ7-L/20499
Engine number29F-RU-H/1151
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors