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1961 Austin-Healey 3000 MKII 2+2

Lot 77 (The Pavilion Gardens, 19th July 2018)

Estimate
£50,000 - £60,000
 

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Lot details
Registration No: XSV 577
Chassis No: HBT7L14997

- FIA HVIF Papers (expired)

- Dennis Welch prepared

- Full road race specification

The vendor has provided the following information:

"Austin Healey 3000 MK11 finished in Red with a White removable hard top, full 'road race' spec with high and correct modifications to overhauled engine, gearbox, suspension, brakes, side exhaust, 3 twin choke webers, wire wheels, side windows. New chassis and body panels with engine number, chassis number and body number all correct as they were when new. Must be seen and driven. FIA HVIF papers (expired). Black leather seats with red trim, spare wheel. Fully prepared by Dennis Welch. Almost concours condition throughout. Extremely quick, handles well with race success"


Donald Healey's eponymous company built a prototype two-seater sports car for display at the 1952 London Motor Show. It was based on Austin A90 Atlantic mechanicals and sported a sleek body designed by Gerry Coker and built by Tickford. It was dubbed the `Healey Hundred' (a moniker chosen to reflect the car's ability to reach 100mph), and, subject to a suitably encouraging response, Healey planned to build production versions in-house at his factory in Warwick. As things transpired, not only did the Ice Blue prototype impress the public, but also so excited Austin's Managing Director, Leonard Lord, that he struck a deal to build the car in volume at Longbridge. The newcomer was renamed the Austin-Healey 100. The rest is history. The `Big' Healey enjoyed steady development with the four cylinder cars giving way to the 100-Six of 1956, which was followed by the first of the 3000s in 1959 and the MKII 3000 in 1961. Identifiable by its new grille and bonnet air intake, the MKII was still available as a two-seater (BN7) or four-seater (BT7). Power was increased to 132bhp, courtesy of a superior camshaft and trio of 1.5 inch HS4 SU carburettors mounted on separate inlet manifolds.

 

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