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1962 Austin Healey 3000 MKII

Lot No.: 258

Registration: BSL 696
Chassis Number: HBJ7L19403
Engine Number: 29FRUH3975
Number of cylinders: 6
CC: 2912
Year of Manufacture: 1962
RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Estimate (£): 60,000 - 70,000
(+buyer's premium of 15% including VAT @ 20%)

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 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. 

The Mark II (BN7) was introduced in March 1961 with a higher performance camshaft and, initially, a trio of SU HS4 carburettors which turned out to be difficult to balance and were replaced with twin HS6s with the arrival of the BJ7 in January '62. Known as the 'Mark IIA', the BJ7 differed by having wind-up windows and a wrap-around windscreen and could be identified externally by a vertical barred front grill. A total of just over 6,000 BJ7s were built.

This delightful Austin Healey 3000 Mk.II (BJ7) dates from 1962 and is finished in Healey Ice Blue over Ivory with Silver wire wheels and a Blue leather interior. It's fitted with the 2912cc six-cylinder, twin HS6 carburettor engine mated to a 4-speed manual gearbox with overdrive. It was originally built in left-hand drive form and exported to Santa Barbara in California, where it presumably enjoyed the sort of adventures that a gorgeous Healey would have in the California sunshine.

On its return to the UK, it was professionally converted to right-hand drive and subsequently entrusted to the very experienced Austin Healey specialists, Orchard Restorations in East Sussex for a 100% 'Nut and Bolt' restoration.

The Healey has covered only 19,000 miles since leaving Orchard Restorations and the quality of their work is absolutely evident. The coachwork is crisp with excellent shut lines and the paintwork is fresh and retains a deep shine. The interior is very smart with seemingly unmarked blue leather, matching carpets and is set off nicely by a 'Moto-Lita' wood rim wheel. The folding hood and tonneau cover are also in Navy Blue and appear excellent and the engine bay is superb.

The car is accompanied by a decent history file, which in addition to the usual documentation, contains a letter from the Heritage Trust and a full set of photographs of the restoration. 

Offered at a most realistic level today, BSL 696 has been the subject of significant investment in recent years and would make a fine touring companion.