Bonhams | 2018-10-08 | Collectors Motorcars and Automobilia Auction Philadelphia Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum | Venue : Philadelphia, Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum
Lot No. : 112
Year : 1961
Engine Size : -
Chassis No. : #HBN7L/10865
Estimate : US$ 60,000 - 80,000
Austin-Healey 3000 MkI BN7 Two-Seater Not Sold


2,912cc OHV Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
2 SU Carburetors
132bhp at 4,600rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission with Overdrive
Independent Front Suspension – Live Rear Axle
Front Disc – Rear Drum Brakes
*Rare and desirable two-seater 3000 BN7
*Unbroken maintenance records from new
*Careful long-term ownership
*Highly original matching numbers example
The Big Healey retained the essence of its curvaceous long hood/short deck progenitor, the Austin-Healey 100/4 roadster of 1953. Designed as a sports car and indeed quite successful in rallying and racing, the Austin Healey had by 1960 evolved into the far more civilized and capable machine as offered here. The enlargement of its C-Series six-cylinder engine to 2,912cc and the adoption of Girling front disc brakes differentiated the new-for-1959 Austin-Healey 3000 from the preceding 100/6. Contemporary road tests typically recorded performance figures of 114mph top speed and a 0-60mph time of approximately 11 seconds.
In 1960, the second production year for the six-cylinder Healey's, the marque saw great success on the competitive international rally scene, with Pat Moss and Ann Wisdom winning the Liege-Rome-Liege, Coupes des Dames in Geneva and the Tulip Rally. With partial alloy bodies, these cars were light enough to perform admirably with extra power of the three-liter engine.
The story of this Austin Healey 3000 begins in the great white north of Canada. In 1961, Jed Wooley paid 3,575 hard earned loonies to Brennan Motors in Ontario for the vehicle. During his time, he would fastidiously maintain the vehicle, accounting all of the work within the log book accompanying the Healey. The level of documentation on hand is truly extensive and we invite those interested in the car to comb through them. Thanks to this work, many original components including the engine and functioning period radio have accompanied the car since its inception. Even the original color scheme as delivered adorns the vehicle, albeit with some touch up work having been done over the course of several decades.
In 2003, The most recent owner came about the car parked next to a Gulfstream within the confines of a hanger in Salt Lake City. 12,000 more miles have accumulated on the dashboard during his ownership, but the same level of distinct care has been poured onto the Healey. Evidently, the car has been largely reliable and so only routine maintenance has been conducted. New tires were shod on the numerally correct, spoked wheels and a new fuel pump was also installed.
Recently, a Bonhams specialist took the vehicle on a test drive and can report that the Healey drove very well, smoothly and quietly. Furthermore, the overdrive operated correctly. This is truly a testament to the careful ownership and unbroken maintenance history from new.
Arguably the most desirable model of the six-cylinder model range; a left-hand-drive BN7 two-seater, this example should be a must have for anyone looking for a preserved, well cared for car. The on-hand service history, hand book, and brochures should further sweeten the deal for anyone interested in the details. Do not miss this opportunity to pick up a truly wonderful and easily enjoyable roadster.

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