Lot 301 - 1963 12852 3000 Mk. IIa BJ7
|Odometer reading||70,610 km|
|Estimate||£28,000 - £35,000|
The Austin-Healey 3000 was BMC's sporting flagship for almost a decade and many detail changes were made along the way. The 3000 name was first used in 1959 when the C-Series engine from the 100/6 was upgraded to 2.9-litres (and a nominal for marketing 3-litres), for use in the up-rated Farina bodied Westminsters. The 3000 boasted more power, an improved gearbox and disc brakes on the front. The best was saved 'til last though with the launch of the Austin-Healey Mk. III in 1964. Although the looks remained largely the same, this was the most powerful Austin-Healey with 148bhp for a maximum speed of 121mph. 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.
This 1963 Austin Healey 3000 Mk. IIa was supplied new in Germany before being exported to Florida, USA in the mid 1970's. It was then imported back into the United Kingdom in 1990 and registered in December the same year. The vendor purchased the car in early 1991 and set about a ground up restoration finished now in red with beige inserts and beige interior piped in red leather, this 3000 Mk. IIa BJ7 still has the original kilometre speedo reading 70,000km. It is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in May 2014, the Heritage certificate, a photo album containing photographs of the restoration, old MoT test certificates and a file of invoices. Austin Healey's of this type are currently proving to be a very good investment and versatile enough to be used at many different types of events.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.