| 1959 Austin Healey 3000 Mark I BT7 Ex-Kurt Tanner sold at Pebble Beach RM Big Healey Seller: Silver Arrow Cars Ltd. #40218Office Location: Victoria, BC, CanadaNearest commercial US Border: Blaine, Washington |
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1959 Austin Healey 3000 Mk I BT7
Particulars:Type: 2+2 (BT7)Chassis No. HBT7L3907Speedometer: MPHBody Color: Golden BeigeTrimming: Red LeatherCarpet: RedSofttop: Black Vinyl
Non-standard options:OverdriveWire wheels
The Austin-Healey 3000 is a British sports car built from 1959 to 1967, and is the best known of the "big Healey" models. The car's bodywork was made by Jensen Motors, and the vehicles were assembled by Austin-Healey at the Abingdon works.
The 3-litre 3000 was a highly successful car, which won its class in many European rallies in its heyday and is still raced in classic car competitions by enthusiasts today.
The Austin-Healey 3000 was introduced in 1959, replacing the Austin-Healey 100-6. Despite its new name, the changes were minor compared to those between the original 100 and the 100-6. The wheelbase and body were unchanged, as were the models, a 2+2 and a two-seater.
3000 Mark I:
Austin-Healey 3000 Mark I (1959) at the 39. AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix 2011 NurburgringThe original 3000 was built from March 1959 to March 1961 as models BN7 Mark I (2-seater) and BT7 Mark I (2+2 version). It only became known as the Mark I after the Mark II was released, having no designator prior. It featured a 2912 cc I6 engine, with twin SU carburetors and Girling front disc brakes. Wire wheels, overdrive gearbox, laminated windscreen, heater, adjustable steering column, detachable hard top, and two-tone paint were available as options.
A total of 13,650 Mark Is were made (2,825 BN7, and 10,825 BT7).
A BT7 3000 with hardtop and overdrive tested by The Motor magazine in 1960 had a top speed of 115 mph (185 km/h) and could accelerate from 0–60 mph (97 km/h) in 11.7 seconds. A fuel consumption of 21.6 miles per imperial gallon (13.1 L/100 km; 18.0 mpg-US) was recorded. The test car cost £1326 including taxes.
The car offered here:
This stunning Austin Healey 3000 MkI 3000 was purchased by a prominent car collector almost ten years ago at the RM Auction Monterey sale during the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. During his ownership over $10,000 was spent rebuilding the engine. It is better than Austin Healey could have produced in 1959. This BT7 revs right through the full RPM range with little effort and seems to have no top end. With factory overdrive and wire wheels, no coves and matching red piping, this is a beautifully appointed Healey. It was previously owned and restored by ''The Healey Guy'', Kurt Tanner. During this restoration Tanner experimented with some lighter pistons and racing cams. Because of the difficulty in tuning this setup, the next owner went and balanced the engine with stock cams and improved the overall output significantly with some very skillful tuning. The exhaust note on this Healey is deeper and very satisfying. We haven’t driven a nicer one ever.
Please call Robert at +1 (250) 532-6547 to have any additional questions answered or to see the car in person.
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