Lot 329 - 1963 Austin-Healey 3000 BJ7
|Odometer reading||79,714 miles|
|Estimate||£45,000 - £50,000|
|Result||Sold - £56,000|
We are pleased to offer this delightful Austin Healey 3000 BJ7 built to represent the works Healey of 1964. Imported from the USA in 1990, EBW 195B has since undergone extensive restoration works over an 18 year period; works that still exude a quality today. In fact, it is rarely seen with such a motor car, that it displays a character and a patina often missed with the overly glitzy restorations often seen today. Thankfully, EBW 195B still retains the lefthand drive format it started life with. The British Motoring Heritage Trust Certificate states that this big Healey was manufactured between 27th and 28th June 1963 and was dispatched to the USA on the 22nd July of that year. The certificate also confirms that the Healey was dispatched with wire wheels, overdrive, a heater, an adjustable steering column, tonneau cover, whitewall tyres and a laminated windscreen.
The Guards red coachwork is in excellent order throughout with the standard continuing on the undersides. Of note are the panel gaps, a detail that is difficult to get right with restorations of motor cars of this construction. The front wings have the addition of the works style vents and what really sets this Healey off is the addition of a works style hardtop with vent. It may be of interest to note that we are not sure whether this is a genuine works hardtop or not but it doesn't have the look of a new re-production item. On opening the bonnet, you may see the standard has been maintained. The engine is supplied with fuel via the triple 1¾" SU carburettors and the electrics supplied by an alternator conversion. Exhaust gases are extracted via the stainless steel side exiting exhaust system. In addition, the brakes have been uprated and drive is via an overdrive gearbox and limited slip differential. Many may be pleased to know that the wire wheels are still with the car but not the whitewall tyres, these now having been fitted with Dunlop Racing tyres. In addition, there is a set of knock-on Minilite style alloy wheels shod with excellent Dunlop SP Sport tyres. The standard continues on the inside with the excellent red piped black Connolly hide seats and matching Wilton carpets. A set of standard bumpers, in excellent condition, are also included. The Healey is UK registered and will arrive at the sale with an MoT test certificate.
So there you have it, a fabulous Austin Healey that is a pleasure to drive, looks and feels period and has all the right parts that make it up to be the car it is today. Please inspect this Austin Healey and then ask yourself, what would this Austin Healey cost to build today? With that in mind, we're sure you will agree that it is offered with a very reasonable estimate.
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