Lot 319: Austin-Healey 3000 BT7
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 carburettors, 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. Only 5.9% of Big Healeys were made for the UK market, with the vast majority exported to the United States in left-hand drive form. This splendid Austin Healey is a highly sought-after original right hand drive example which still retains its original registration number, 194TBH, as issued in May 1961 to its first owner in Buckinghamshire. Built on 12 September 1960 and still finished in its original Healey Blue and Ivory White livery, 194TBH was more recently subject to a full body off restoration in 2000 by Pool Lane Classics. During the vendor's ownership, it has been used for both touring and shows. The car comes supplied with full weather equipment, a current MoT test certificate valid until November 2010, heritage certificate, Kenlow fan, servo assisted brakes, six CD autochanger, alarm and tracking system. An ideal opportunity to acquire a British motoring icon.
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