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Lot 200: Austin-Healey 3000 Mk 1

Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend, Coys (14 July 2012)

The renowned Austin-Healey 3000 is one of the finest British sports cars of its era; built from 1959 to 1967 it is the best known of the big Healey models. The car's bodywork was made by Jensen Motors and the vehicles were assembled at the BMC Abingdon works.

The 3000 was a successful car which won its class in many European rallies in its heyday, and is still used in competition by enthusiasts today.

The original Austin Healey 3000 has a 2912 cc I6 engine, with twin SU carburettors and Girling front disc brakes. Naturally it was only referred to as the Mark I after the Mark II was released, previously only being known as the 3000. Options included wire wheels, overdrive gearbox, a laminated windscreen, a heater, an adjustable steering column, a detachable hard top and two tone paint.

The original 3000 was built from March 1959 to March 1961 and had model designation BT7 Mark I (4-seat version) and BN7 Mark I (2-seater).A BT7 3000 with hardtop and overdrive tested by The Motor magazine in 1960 had a top speed of 115 mph and could accelerate from 060 mph in 11.7 seconds.

This is a particularly nice example, which was subject to a full restoration some years ago, when the body was taken off the chassis and paint taken back to bare metal.

The car comes with much documentation to back up the work which was carried out; also there is the original handbook and owners' manual. A great example of this icon of the 1950s.

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace,Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
TypeCar
Lot Number200
Estimate£25000-£30000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£21000
Year1960
Condition rating0
Registration number5660 WX
Mileage-
Chassis numberH-BT7/11514
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2