Lot 351 - 1961 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk. II BT7
|Estimate||£22,000 - £26,000|
|Result||Sold - £22,400|
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 very well presented BT7 in red with re-trimmed black interior has been subject to a full body restoration including an engine rebuild in 2002 and with the vendor a long term member of the Austin Healey owners club we can certainly appreciate his efforts. As part of the restoration, the car was bought back to the shell whereupon it was found that the shroud was in very good order. Fibreglass wings were then added to the car which was then meticulously pieced back together with many new parts and re-sprayed in its now resplendent red paintwork. New carpets and trim were added along with new wire wheels and bumpers which are currently not fitted as per the vendor's preference but are sold with the car. The entire rebuild can be tracked through the countless bills and receipts along with photographic evidence with much dating back over 15 years. The odometer is now displaying 12,215 miles on the newly re-built engine but the original log book and many MoT test certificates along with a detailed list of previous owners is included as is the tonneau cover, hood, side screens, hard top and, of course, V5 Registration document. With a valid MoT test certificate until March 2015, this car could be an ideal clubman's car over the coming years and is begging to be driven and enjoyed.
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.