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Little Classics News: 27 April 2015

Rare Austin-Healey 3000 Set to Break 25 Year Rest

Rare Austin-Healey 3000

The classic ‘Big Healeys’ are legendary in the world of motorsport, so a ‘barn find’ example ripe for restoration, is sure to create great interest when it comes to auction at Historics at Brooklands on Saturday, 6 June, at an estimate of £35,000-£45,000.

Layers of grime from resting in dry storage for a quarter of a century has dulled its bright red coachwork but it can’t hide the known history of this 1960 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk.1 BT7 competition car, nor the opportunity for its next owner to bring it back to road and track.

Rare Austin-Healey 3000 rear

This Healey left the assembly line in March 1960, its 2,912cc straight six engine and four-speed transmission with overdrive complemented by a black hardtop, Dunlop Road Speed tyres, laminated windscreen, disc wheels all round and adjustable steering column. No heater was requested by the buyer, who parted with some £1,300 for his pride and joy.

An unremarkable history in its first decade of life stepped up a gear in the early 70’s when the Healey was converted to its current rally spec, competing initially with its original registration number, OTK 76.

Austin-Healey 3000 interior

Significantly, evidence suggests that the car may have been taken back to Donald Healey in Warwickshire for the full works treatment. All body panels are aluminium, including all four wings and doors plus the dished bootlid, as per the factory Healey team rally cars, and mechanically, there are further strong suggestions of works attention.

Indeed, professional fettling for the Healey’s next life in international motorsport is evident throughout. The standard capacity engine, now with oversize valves and fed by triple DCOE's, features a Tuftrided drilled crankshaft, lightened and balanced flywheel, and a competition camshaft.

Austin-Healey 3000 engine

Power is fed through the straight cut, close ratio gearbox, and the treasure chest also extends to an LSD, servo-assisted brakes and uprated shock absorbers, adjustable at the rear.

When re-commissioned after its 25-year slumber, the Healey, now plated APU 122A, and with a fresh MoT Certificate, has excellent oil pressure and runs well. It comes with a British Motor Industry Heritage Certificate and FIA papers dated July 1988.

This rare opportunity - to acquire an early ‘Big Healey’ with a professional and complete conversion to a competition car, possibly with significant factory input - is sure to attract very strong international interest at Historics.

This 1960 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk. I Competition joins a varied selection of 100 fine classic motorcars, and a similar volume of classic motorcycles - including a magnificent and ultra-rare 1927 Brough Superior 100SS Pendine (£150,000-£175,000) - at Historics at Brooklands grand summer auction at Brooklands Museum, on 6th June. Viewing is on the previous day.

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