Lot 244 - 1962 12852 3000 Mk. II
|Result||Sold - £59,360|
The Austin-Healey 3000 was built from 1959 to 1967 and 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 during its heyday and also ran at Le Mans during that period; as such, it is still used in competition by enthusiasts today. Introduced in March 1961, the 3000 Mk. II came with three SU carburettors and an uprated camshaft, designated the BT7 Mk. II (four-seat version) and BN7 Mk. II (two-seat version); however, upon the introduction of the BJ7 (2+2 seats) model in January 1962, the number of carburettors was reduced to two. As a result of the introduction of the BJ7, the BN7 ceased production in March 1962, with the BT7 coming to an end in June.
This Healey was originally delivered to San Francisco, California, in 1962, as confirmed by the Heritage Certificate. A complete 'body off' full nut and bolt restoration has recently been carried out at a cost of circa £100,000, resulting in this truly magnificent 3000 Mk. II. The engine has been professionally rebuilt by Roger DeVenny Automotive of Staunton, Virginia and tuned, although it will need to be treated with respect as it has done less than 50 miles since completion. The triple SU carburettors have been rebuilt and a brake servo fitted, together with a number of additional improvements including additional insulation on the floor. The car has a four-speed gearbox which is complemented by a Laycock de Normanville overdrive. The leather seats have been re-trimmed by hand - the meticulous owner having rejected the kits supplied as being not quite good enough - and, to be expected of a restoration of this magnitude, the bodywork was comprehensively restored and repaired, prior to a superb paint finish being applied. New 60-spoke wire wheels have been fitted together with a brand new set of Michelin XZX 165 SR 15 tyres and a hard-top is also supplied with the car. Sure to attract Healey enthusiasts and collectors alike, this 3000 Mk. II has had every screw, bolt and washer replaced transforming this into one of the best Austin Healey's available anywhere today. This car needs to be viewed to be fully appreciated and can be summed up in one word; 'stunning'.
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.