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Imperial War Museum Duxford


1961 Austin-Healey 3000 MKI

Sold for £56,250

(including buyers premium)

Lot details
Registration No: 893 YUY
Chassis No: HBN713715
Mot Expiry: Aug 2016

- Subject to an extensive ground up restoration

- Aluminium wings, doors, boot and bonnet

- Quaife limited slip diff, fast road cam and rear disc brakes

The most eye-catching of MKI Austin-Healey 3000s, '893 YUY' was the subject of a total nut and bolt restoration between 2008 and 2013. A righthand drive home market example, it was supplied new by Voss Motors of Liverpool on April 18, 1961. Now offered in almost equivalent condition, it is finished in Ecurie Ecosse Blue complemented by a Blue leather interior, carpets and tonneau (a hood and sidescreens are included in the sale). The chassis has been completely refurbished and equipped with new inner and outer sills and adjustable front damper mountings. The major body panels were replaced with new aluminium ones and all brightwork reconditioned or renewed.

The reworked cylinder head features hardened valve seats and bronze guides. The block has been re-bored; the crankshaft reground and balanced; and Denis Welch oil pump and timing chain, Piper fast road camshaft and alloy sump installed. Triple HD8 SU carburettors feed an early Works-type inlet manifold, while the boot now houses a new 80-litre alloy fuel tank and Facet pump. The engine exhausts through a Denis Welch manifold, silencer and 2-inch rear-exit pipes. The modified cooling system includes an updated radiator core, alloy expansion tank and five bladed harmonically balanced cooling fan. The overdrive gearbox has been refurbished and equipped with straight cut gears, and now drives through a Quaife limited slip differential. Type 16 brake calipers have been fitted to the front, while discs have replaced drums at the rear and Aeroquip hoses been installed all round. The reconditioned suspension includes poly bushes all round and BJ8 (stronger) front stub axles. Unsurprisingly, the vendor currently considers the bodywork, paintwork, interior trim, engine and transmission to all be in 'excellent' order. This unique 'Big' Healey comes complete with a collection of invoices, litre of body colour, standard differential, Heritage Certificate and Letter of Authenticity from the Austin-Healey Club.

PLEASE NOTE: Since the catalogue went to press we have been advised that this stunning Big Healey was treated to a brand new chassis and 'Tulip' (straight-cut) gear set during its restoration. Understood to have covered just 14 miles since work was completed, the BN7 boasts an uprated cooling system but its five-bladed cooling fan has not been harmonically balanced

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