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1961 Austin Healey 3000 Mk.I BT7 - Ruddspeed tuned

Lot No.: 504

Registration: 6861BY
Chassis Number: HBT713582
Engine Number: 29DH25615
Number of cylinders: 4
CC: 2912
Year of Manufacture: 1961
RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Sold for (£): 52,875
  • An original UK, right-hand drive example supplied new by Milne & Russell of Croydon in March 1961
  • Engine modified and upgraded from new by renowned tuners Ruddspeed
  • Full nut and bolt restoration in 1996/7 by marque specialist Rawles Engineering
  • Matching numbers and still on its original registration ‘6861 BY'
  • Supplied with an impressive history file containing a Heritage Certificate and photographs

The Austin Healey 3000 became one of the best-known British classic cars of the 1950s and 1960s following spectacular success in international rallying and circuit racing. A development of the Austin Healey 100-6, itself born of the four-cylinder 100, the 3000 was launched in March 1959 and was a significant improvement on the earlier cars featuring 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 2-seater (BN7) or 2+2 (BT7) body styles.

This fabulous, original UK, right-hand drive 1961 Austin Healey 3000 Mk.I BT7 was dispatched on 30th March 1961 to Milne and Russell, Limited of Croydon Surrey. Registered ‘6861 BY', it was originally ordered with wire-wheels, overdrive, a heater, laminated windscreen, and 'road speed' tyres. Upon delivery, the car was sent to the respected specialist tuners, Rudds of Worthing, for the following upgrades:
- High-compression (9.7:1) gas flowed cylinder head with equalised combustion chambers
- Balanced crankshaft, lightened and balanced flywheel
- Triple inlet manifold with a third SU carburettor
- High-lift camshaft
- Fabricated exhaust manifold and modified side-exit exhaust system

The car changed hands several times before a gearbox problem resulted in it being laid up from 1971 to 1996, before being discovered in a garden in Reading by its next owner, a Mr P. Morson of Hampshire. Twenty-five years as a garden ornament had done the Healey no favours, and inevitably, a complete nut and bolt restoration was the only option, so Mr Morson commissioned highly respected Healey restorers Rawles Engineering to do a total restoration of 6861 BY. Bill Rawles and his dedicated team took exactly a year to bring the big car back to life attending to every inch of the car's bodywork and patiently going through the rest of the car with as many original components being restored and reused as possible. The owner's file includes a raft of invoices covering this period and is accompanied by a photo album illustrating the work in detail. 
Supplied with its V5c, Heritage Certificate, and an MOT until 7th August '18, this beautifully restored car wants for nothing and has nicely mellowed since Bill Rawles attentions in the late 90s. It would be a struggle to find a Healey that matches the condition of this example, and with period Ruddspeed modifications, this original ‘matching numbers' home-market car ticks all the boxes for any Big Healey enthusiast looking for something special - look no further. The 'Le Mans Classic' in July beckons and the weather forecast is good.