International Trophy Sale 2013

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1959 Austin Healey 3000 Mk.I

Lot No.: 329

Registration: 694 YUE
Chassis Number: HBT7l/1637
Engine Number: Not Specified
Number of cylinders: 6
CC: 3000
Year of Manufacture: 1959
Sold for (£): Unsold

The Austin Healey 3000 has become one of the best known British classic cars of the 1950s and 1960s following spectacular success in international rallying and on the race track. A development of the Austin Healey 100-6, itself born out of the four cylinder 100, the 3000 (MK I) was launched in March 1959 and was a significant improvement to the earlier Healey's. For example, the new 3000 featured front disc brakes, wire wheels as standard and a more powerful 124bhp 2,912cc BMC C-Series engine, ensuring a top speed of approximately 120mph. There was also a choice of two-seater (BN7) or 2+2 (BT7) body styles. The new 3000 was an instant success on the road, on the track and on the rally stage and has enjoyed a large club following since the 1950s.

The BT7 offered here today bears out the last sentence. A car with massive appeal to a wide audience, it ‘cuts the look' be it at Goodwood, at Silverstone, at many of the countries club events, or on the school run. Originally built for the German market, chassis #1637 eventually landed in the USA where it spent a number of years before being repatriated to the UK in 1990 and sold for the princely sum of £6,500 by Kestrel Motors of Welshpool. In the succeeding years, the car was to undergo an extensive and enduring rolling restoration only truly reaching fruition in the past handful of months, and even then, it's been completed to a point from which a new owner can still add their personal touches to the finished article.

The invoices, totalling many thousands of pounds begin to appear around 1990 and 1991. They begin with nominal charges from the likes of SC Parts in the several hundreds of pounds. They then progress to the likes of Denis Welch Racing, the Northern Healey Centre, AH Spares and eventually Cape International for all manner of parts, labour, sundries and expertise which have combined to produce what is now a very impressive driver's car. Passing through the hands of notable classic car enthusiasts including Roger Lowe and latterly Glen James, the car eventually passed to our vendor in 2011 who commissioned a £2,000 retrim and readied the car for occasional use with his family. Teenage sons with little interest in dad's old car and work commitments mean the Healey hasn't been the family vehicle he anticipated, therefore, after more than 20 years of restoration the opportunity to acquire the vehicle post all that headache and heartache has arisen.

Resplendent in Olde English White coachwork with contrasting and tastefully trimmed black leather interior, this car is presented in what some might consider to be ‘fast-road' spec. A Denis Welch Racing tuned engine with racing rocker cover, bumper-less body, stainless steel oversized exhaust and devoid of wet-weather gear, this capable 3.0 litre Healey hits all the right notes on the open road. Many bills, invoices, correspondence and supporting history accompany this car which is sold with heritage certificate, current MoT and UK V5C Registration.