1959 Austin-Healey 3000 MkI BN7 Roadster  Chassis no. H-BN7-L/6501
Lot 217
1959 Austin-Healey 3000 MkI BN7 Roadster
Registration no. 584 UYN Chassis no. H-BN7-L/6501
Sold for £45,425 (US$ 60,688) inc. premium

Lot Details
1959 Austin-Healey 3000 MkI BN7 Roadster  Chassis no. H-BN7-L/6501 1959 Austin-Healey 3000 MkI BN7 Roadster  Chassis no. H-BN7-L/6501 1959 Austin-Healey 3000 MkI BN7 Roadster  Chassis no. H-BN7-L/6501 1959 Austin-Healey 3000 MkI BN7 Roadster  Chassis no. H-BN7-L/6501 1959 Austin-Healey 3000 MkI BN7 Roadster  Chassis no. H-BN7-L/6501 1959 Austin-Healey 3000 MkI BN7 Roadster  Chassis no. H-BN7-L/6501 1959 Austin-Healey 3000 MkI BN7 Roadster  Chassis no. H-BN7-L/6501 1959 Austin-Healey 3000 MkI BN7 Roadster  Chassis no. H-BN7-L/6501 1959 Austin-Healey 3000 MkI BN7 Roadster  Chassis no. H-BN7-L/6501 1959 Austin-Healey 3000 MkI BN7 Roadster  Chassis no. H-BN7-L/6501 1959 Austin-Healey 3000 MkI BN7 Roadster  Chassis no. H-BN7-L/6501 1959 Austin-Healey 3000 MkI BN7 Roadster  Chassis no. H-BN7-L/6501 1959 Austin-Healey 3000 MkI BN7 Roadster  Chassis no. H-BN7-L/6501 1959 Austin-Healey 3000 MkI BN7 Roadster  Chassis no. H-BN7-L/6501 1959 Austin-Healey 3000 MkI BN7 Roadster  Chassis no. H-BN7-L/6501 1959 Austin-Healey 3000 MkI BN7 Roadster  Chassis no. H-BN7-L/6501 1959 Austin-Healey 3000 MkI BN7 Roadster  Chassis no. H-BN7-L/6501 1959 Austin-Healey 3000 MkI BN7 Roadster  Chassis no. H-BN7-L/6501 1959 Austin-Healey 3000 MkI BN7 Roadster  Chassis no. H-BN7-L/6501 1959 Austin-Healey 3000 MkI BN7 Roadster  Chassis no. H-BN7-L/6501 1959 Austin-Healey 3000 MkI BN7 Roadster  Chassis no. H-BN7-L/6501 1959 Austin-Healey 3000 MkI BN7 Roadster  Chassis no. H-BN7-L/6501 1959 Austin-Healey 3000 MkI BN7 Roadster  Chassis no. H-BN7-L/6501 1959 Austin-Healey 3000 MkI BN7 Roadster  Chassis no. H-BN7-L/6501 1959 Austin-Healey 3000 MkI BN7 Roadster  Chassis no. H-BN7-L/6501 1959 Austin-Healey 3000 MkI BN7 Roadster  Chassis no. H-BN7-L/6501 1959 Austin-Healey 3000 MkI BN7 Roadster  Chassis no. H-BN7-L/6501
1959 Austin-Healey 3000 MkI BN7 Roadster
Registration no. 584 UYN
Chassis no. H-BN7-L/6501
*Imported into Europe from California
*An older 'rotisserie' restoration
*Converted from left- to right-hand drive
*Triple SU carburettors
*Complete with soft top, hood frame and new full tonneau cover

Footnotes

  • 'A classic competition car among the all-time greats in motoring history,' was how The Autocar magazine summed up the works Austin-Healey 3000 in 1963. Yet at the time of its arrival in 1959, few would have guessed that the low-slung 'Big Healey' would triumph over its apparent shortcomings so effectively that it now rates as one of the most successful rally cars of the 1960s.

    A development of the preceding 100/6 rather than a genuinely new model, the Austin-Healey 3000 was launched in March 1959. The two cars looked virtually identical and under the skin was the same separate ladder-type chassis and independent front/live rear axle suspension. Improvements to the 3000 included a slightly enlarged (to 2,912cc) version of the C-Series six-cylinder engine and Girling disc brakes up front, a development greeted with enthusiasm by devotees of this muscular British sports car. Breathing through twin SU carburettors, the revised power unit produced 124bhp at 4,600rpm; top speed - with the optional hardtop fitted - increased to 115mph, with 60mph reachable in a little over 11 seconds. Like the 100/6, the 3000 was available in two-seater (BN7) and 2+2 (BT7) guises, and came with wire wheels and adjustable front seats as standard.

    Robust and tuneable, the Big Healey was immensely popular with privateers in its time, and today, almost 50 years after the end of production, continues to be extensively campaigned in historic motor sport, both in tarmac events and on the rough stuff. An extensive cottage industry of recognised specialists exists to cater for the demand for Big Healey parts, servicing and competition preparation.

    Offered here is one of the rarer, BN7 two-seater variants of the Austin-Healey 3000 MkI, 2,825 of which were built compared with 10,825 of the more numerous BT7 four-seater version. This Austin-Healey was a California car nearly all its life until its owner returned with it to his hometown in Italy, seemingly on 25th September 1998 according to Italian documents on file. At some time the car has benefited from a full 'rotisserie' restoration, including a full bare metal re-spray inside and out.

    The Healey was sold to the vendor in 2016 by the very reputable company, Auto Classic of Moncalieri, Turin, Italy (all paperwork on file). The car passed its MoT just test a few days after it arrived from Italy but now, of course, is exempt from both MoT testing and road tax.

    Since then approximately £7,000 pounds has been spent on a right-hand drive conversion plus new or refurbished components to enhance the car's appearance. These works were carried out by Cleevewood Garage and Bob Stanton (a founder of Moss UK).

    The vendor advises us that the car retains full matching engine and body numbers. The chassis is said to be original and in lovely condition, retaining the original shroud with its original stamp in the inner lip of the offside wing. There is no sign of accident damage and the panel fit is so good that the panels may all be original. The engine starts well and pulls strongly through the gears, the overdrive engagement being very smooth. Everything appears to work and the car is said to be extremely reliable and to perform well - real 'old school' driving guaranteed to bring a smile to one's face. In short: this Big Healey has all the charm of a well looked after, low mileage, few owners example. Well documented, the car is offered with a BMIHT Certificate, V5C registration document, and bills and photographs relating to its time both in Italy and the UK.
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