Lot 158 - 1962 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk. II BT7
|Odometer reading||8,747 miles|
|Estimate||£30,000 - £36,000|
|Result||Sold - £36,960|
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 supremely elegant 3000 presents in the classic Healey combination of Ice Blue over Old English White with a contrasting black leather interior. Originally an export car and with overdrive fitted from new, it has since been repatriated and the steering wheel moved to the righthand side. The body has been fully restored with the addition also of new chrome wire wheels. Included in the extensive history file is a UK registration certificate and a British Motor Industry Heritage Trust certificate, described by the vender as close to excellent throughout, this archetypal British sportscar could not only make a sound investment but deliver the visceral experience that these sportscars are famous for.
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.