Lot 10 (Imperial War Museum Duxford, 14th October 2020)
Sold for £40,500
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: SSY826
Chassis No: HBT7L/19086
MOT: September 2021
Supplied new to America, chassis HBT7L/19086 was repatriated in 1997. Reported to have covered approximately 4,500 miles since emerging from an extensive, photographically documented restoration a decade later, the Big Healey is variously described by the vendor’s agent as being in ‘good’ (paintwork), ‘very good’ (four-speed manual plus overdrive transmission, interior trim) or ‘excellent’ (bodywork, engine, electrical equipment) condition. Starting readily upon recent inspection, the 2+2-seater is said to ‘drive exceptionally well’. Offered for sale with V5C Registration Document, history file, Heritage Certificate and MOT certificate valid until September 2021.
Introduced in 1961, the MKII version of Austin-Healey's highly successful 3000 model was visually distinguished by its vertical radiator grille bars and revised front air intake. Sharing the same basic chassis design as its predecessor - independent front suspension, live rear axle and disc/drum brakes - it enjoyed superior performance thanks to the adoption of triple SU carburettors. Available in two-seater (BN7) or 2+2 (BT7) guises, it was fitted with wire wheels and adjustable front seats as standard while options included overdrive for its four-speed manual gearbox and a detachable hardtop roof.