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1960 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk1 (BT7) SOLD by Auction

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Price £45,000 Auction Estimate
Ad Type For Sale by Auction
Category Classic Cars
Make Austin Healey
Model 3000
  3000 BT7 Mk1
Year 1960
Mileage 79,874 km
Country UK
Region Northamptonshire
Telephone 01926 566878
Status Trade
Date 06-Jul-2019
Ref C1130093
To be offered for sale by Silverstone Auctions at The Silverstone Classic Sale 2019 to be held at The Wing Building, Silverstone Circuit, United Kingdom, NN12 8TN from July 26, 2019 to July 28, 2019. Guide price: £45000 - £55000. Dating from April 1960, North American export car with its Heritage Certificate.Now right-hand drive, UK restoration commenced in 2015. Body and chassis fully stripped, shot blasted and powder coatedPurchased by our vendor in 2016, converted to 'fast-road' spec and the restoration completedThe lightweight bodywork is mainly aluminium, in A1 condition and very well finished in British Racing GreenDennis Welch aluminium cylinder head with roller rocker conversion. Triple 45DCOE Webers Extensive mechanical specification. 220bhp on the rolling road at Aldon Automotive   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 two seater (BN7) or 2+2 (BT7) body styles. The new 3000 was an instant success on the road, on the track and on the rally stage and has enjoyed a large club following ever since. According to the accompanying BMI Heritage Certificate, this Austin-Healey 3000 (#BT7-L/8591) was assembled between the 1st and 4th April 1960 and dispatched to Los Angeles, California on April the 8th. It was built with left-hand drive, finished in Ivory White with black trim and "factory-fitted" with Disc wheels, Roadspeed tyres, Laminated windscreen, Adjustable steering column, MPH Speedo, a Heater and Overdrive.It was purchased by our vendor in 2015 as a stalled restoration project, the previous owner had stripped the car and gone as far as having the chassis shot blasted and powder coated, before deciding that the project was a bit too much for him.The restoration has now been completed by our vendor who has spent tens of thousands of pounds during the process of turning the BT7 into one of the smartest 'Fast road' Healeys we have ever seen. Now superbly finished in British Racing Green, the body is mainly aluminium with the original Healey shrouds having been restored using traditional panel beating methods, an aluminium bonnet is fitted, as is an aluminium boot lid. The doors are aluminium skinned over the original steel frames and the wings are original.The car's specification is extensive but includes;Dennis Welch aluminium cylinder head with roller rocker conversionDennis Welch intake manifold holding triple 45DCOE Weber carburettorsDWR2 300 degree camshaft, tubular exhaust manifold with a competition silencerHigh torque starter motor, canister oil filter conversion, Mallory distributor with Lumination ignitionAlternator conversion, large-capacity water pump, bespoke aluminium radiator, electric fanRacing red key isolation switch mounted under the dash.Powervamp racing battery Straight cut/close ratio gearbox, manual overdrive, competition clutch, lightened flywheelTorque biasing limited slip differential, high deflection drive shaftsAluminium fuel tank, high-capacity fuel pump Willans seat harnesses, fire extinguisherRestored black leather bucket seats, new black carpets, fully retrimmed, roll-over bar with diagonal Wire wheels shot blasted, painted, and fitted with five new Michelin XAS 180 HR 15All new chrome work, competition racing grille, hard top in Old English WhiteOn a recent visit to Aldon Automotive's rolling road, we understand that after setting up, the engine displayed an output of a remarkable 220bhp. During September 2017 the car was fully inspected by an Austin-Healey specialist for insurance valuation purposes and they concluded that the "Body, interior and Engine were in A1 condition" and placed the 'total loss value' at £70,000. This lovely 'Big Healey' is now right-hand drive and is accompanied by its Heritage Certificate, insurance valuation, some photographs of the restoration, a folder full of invoices and will have a fresh MOT in time for the sale.  
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