Lot 333: Austin-Healey 3000 GT7
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 lefthand drive form. This elegant example was one of the few produced in original righthand drive form and one of even fewer cars exported in righthand drive from the factory straight to the Austin Healey dealership in Jersey in 1959. Purchased from the dealer by Captain Vokes, it spent the following 46 years on the Channel Islands during which time, its second owner carried out the restoration. It was then imported three years ago and registered for use on UK roads. During the vendor's ownership, it has been used for both touring and shows. Unlike many examples, the oil pressure is good and it is repoported to drive very well indeed. Unusually, the car is in completely standard trim This lack of factory extra's undoubtedly make this car quite unique. As with all big Healeys, the exhaust note is symphonic and the driving experience superb as can be witnessed in a short film accessible on YouTube, www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-E7rbYwrIE. With a recorded mileage is of just 48,034, its condition reflects a pampered lifetime spent on Jersey. It is supplied with full weather equipment, a current MoT test certificate and a large history file with invoices for work carried out in Jersey as well as the original handbook. A rare and extremely handsome British sportscar.
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