The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 110
1960 Austin-Healey 3000 Mark II BT7 Roadster

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1960 Austin-Healey 3000 Mark II BT7 Roadster


• Desirable 2+2 variant of the beloved “Big Healey”
• Includes side curtains in storage pouch and spare
• Equipped with desirable Laycock electric overdrive
• Nicely presented, preserved and unadulterated

2,912 cc inline six-cylinder engine, twin S.U. semi-downdraft carburetors, 124 HP at 4,750 RPM, four-speed manual gearbox with Laycock overdrive, independent wishbone-and-coil-spring front suspension, ¾-floating rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, Girling front disc and rear drum hydraulic brakes; wheelbase: 2,337 mm (92")

As the first update of Donald Healey’s tremendously successful Austin-Healey 100, the 100-Six, alternatively known as the 100-6, arrived in September 1956. Answering the quest for more power, performance, and all-around drivability, especially in Healey’s all-important North American markets, the 100-6 most notably heralded a twin-carbureted version of the Austin Westminster’s 2,639-cc ‘C-Series’ inline six-cylinder engine. Expertly tuned by Geoff Healey, Eddie Maher, and Harry Weslake, other updates applied to the 100-6 included a slight streamlining of the body, a wider and lower oval-shaped radiator grille, the addition of a fashionable and functional hood scoop, and a revised cockpit. A slight two-inch wheelbase extension provided room for a pair of occasional rear seats in the BN4 2+2, which shared its 92-inch wheelbase length with the two-seat BN6 for 1958 and 1959.

The definitive 3000 Mark I debuted in 1959, complete with a larger-displacement 2,912 cc engine, improved gearbox, and new disc-type front brakes. Two models were offered, comprising the BN7 two-seater and Grand Touring-oriented BT7 2+2 with occasional seating for two additional passengers. The “Big Healey” continued in progressively improved BJ8 Mark II and Mark III form through the eventual end of production in early 1968. Highly prized as an immensely capable open-air British sports car – even by today’s standards – the “Big Healey” continues to be just as enjoyable and effective today as when new on racing circuits, rally stages, and winding back roads alike.

This 1960 Austin-Healey 3000 Mark II BT7 2+2 is a wonderful example of this highly versatile breed, presented in highly original and unadulterated form. It is quite similar to the Healey purchased new in 1960, while he was a young businessman working in Europe. Well-maintained and stored, featuring a nice overall patina, it shows approximately 63,500 indicated miles and is desirably equipped with Laycock electric overdrive for touring ease. Worthy of simple maintenance and preservation, this British sporting icon would also provide an outstanding basis for full concours-level restoration.

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