1960 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk I 2+2 ROADSTER
Chassis No. H-BT7-L/4114
Engine No. 29D-RU-H/4693
Ice blue with navy blue leather interior and navy blue Everflex top
Engine: six cylinder, overhead valve, pushrod operation, 2,912cc., 124bhp at 4,600rpm; Gearbox: four-speed manual with overdrive on 3rd and 4th; Suspension: front, independent coil springs, rear, live axle, semi-elliptic springs; Brakes: front discs, rear drums. Left hand drive.
The Austin-Healey sports car range is synonymous with a particular era of British sports car production and is similar to the Jaguar sports car range in many ways. Both companies built strong, reliable and affordable cars for the North American market, their strongest and safest market, and the cars evolved model by model over the years. The Healeys offered no frills, open-air motoring and today the cars are fondly restored and enjoyed. The 100 series cars were successful and had either 4 or 6 cylinder motors, but it is the 3000 model that most people remember as the definitive Healey. The first 3000 designated car was introduced in the Spring of 1959 and had a six cylinder 2,912cc motor that produced 124bhp with a top speed of 115mph. Two versions were available, either a two-seater (BN7) or a 2 + 2 (BT7).
This 2+2 example has been comprehensively and professionally restored to the highest of standards; virtually everything that could be done by way of restoration has been attended to. The chassis was stripped to bare metal and blasted before being re-sealed and painted, and the panelwork was similarly prepared before being painted with three coats of catalyzed urethane black, power-buffed, polished and hand-glazed! All chromework was either replated or newly replaced, while the interior was retrimmed with correct style Connolly leather faced seats, Wilton carpets, panel kit and new Everflex top and sidescreens. Both the style and finish has been done to correct factory colors and standards with correct detailing and appropriate decals and stickers. The car sits on 60-spoke upgraded chrome/stainless wheels with correct size Michelin XZX radial tires.
Mechanically the engine and transmission have been completely rebuilt including the starter, generator and so forth. Other new parts include a new water pump, three-piece clutch, exhaust system and ignition system. The overdrive unit was fully examined and resealed. Other work was undertaken on the rear axle, suspension and brakes, all to the same high standards.
The Healey is offered with a BMIHT Certificate verifying that it was built in and despatched from the UK in September 1959 and destined for San Francisco. It is titled 1960. It is offered with all bills and a photographic record attesting to the restoration. Christie's had the pleasure of offering a similar model for sale last year which sold for a record $64,600. This car should also attract the same high level of interest and we are pleased to recommend close inspection.