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Austin Healey 3000 Mk 1 by John Chatham - SOLD (1960)
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|John Chatham, the renowned Austin Healey expert, bought the car as a full-blown restoration vehicle, offering it to his discerning customer base as a ‘blank canvas’ project for them to commission their ideal car. The vendor realised the potential the car offered and worked with John and his team to create a fast road/race car with the twin objectives of saving weight and maximizing performance.|
The result is a bespoke Austin Healey 3000 BT7 that produces in well in excess of 200bhp but is still capable of winning Best in Show and drawing admiring glances wherever it goes.
It has only covered around 500 miles since being completed and is due for a post-build inspection, which John Chatham has confirmed he will undertake for the new owner free-of-charge. This generous offer should give potential bidders enormous reassurance that the car they’re buying is a good ‘un. (Not that John builds anything but…)
The bare chassis was stripped before being fully strengthened with reinforced chassis rails, engine mounts and suspension points. The floor panels and inner sill sections are all heavy duty items and the area around the lower front shroud was also strengthened. The outriggers were then modified to support the tailored exhaust system with additional mounting points fitted at the same time.
A works-style lightweight hardtop was fitted, complete with a useful roof vent. It looks stunning but the fit around the rear Perspex window will need some attention when the car goes back for its post-build fettling. The hardtop is removable with simple tools, there is no soft -top with the car although these are easily available from specialists.
The car was then professionally resprayed in ICI two-pack paint with special attention being paid to the door alignment to ensure tight and even gaps. The finish, in Old English White over blue, looks amazing as you can see from the photo gallery. However, the car has picked up the odd stone chip in its first five hundred miles of road use. It has been fully Waxoyled inside and out, and so will probably outlast us all.
All the original chromework has been professionally restored and re-chromed and is complemented by chrome door mirrors and works-style rear bumpers. Other modifications include a Le Mans-style fuel filler cap, the deletion of the front bumper, an aluminium bonnet with additional louvres, extra louvres on the front wings, and an aluminium engine bulkhead finisher.
Battery and fuel pump cut-off switches have been fitted and mounted on the bonnet, which should help keep the scrutineers happy.
See listing on themarket.co.uk for full description and over 80 more pictures.
Vehicle can be viewed in our premises near Abingdon, South Oxfordshire. Please contact us for more information.