Launched in 1959 the new Austin Healey 3000 (Mk I) introduced a number of improvements to the already successful 100-6. The change of model name heralded the more powerful (124bhp) 2912cc, BMC C-Series engine. The new engine improved the cars performance, allowing a top-speed of nearly 120mph.
Other improvements included front disc brakes, wire wheels as standard, and a choice of either 2 seater (BN7) or 2+2 (BT7) body styles. Options included a detachable hardtop roof and overdrive transmission. The 3000 Mk I remained in production until the arrival of the Mk II in 1961.