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1959 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk1 (BT7)

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  • Mileage~67,582 (clock stopped)
  • TransmissionManual
  • Engine3.0L
  • LocationStokesley

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1959 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk1 (BT7)

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Introduction

Tom Vale
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The original BMC 3.0L straight six, these big healeys had many class wins in European races, and are still raced by enthusiasts at historic races to this day.

The Austin-Healey 3000 was built from 1959 until 1967 and nicknamed the "Big-Healey" as a result of the 3.0L engine it featured. The bodywork was shaped by Jensen Motors and assembled at BMC MG Works in Abingdon. The 3000 really stood out on the track, winning multiple classes in many Europen rallies and races. As was the trend at the time, from 1963, 91% of 3000's were exported worldwide with most ending up in North America.

This particular example has been restored from the ground up, and importantly to the original specification with just a colour change to red and conversion to RHD. It's a stunning car, bought, imported and restored by an enthusiast with a passion for classic British sports cars.

This auction listing was written from information supplied by Tom after meeting Ian the owners son, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

My passion for Austin-Healeys goes back to 1972, a Sprite I bought and still own to this day.

Graham has always had a love for British sports cars, he still owns an Austin-Healey Mk3 Sprite that he bought before his university studies in 1972, and is another car he has restored. This particular AH3000 BT7 was purchased with the intention of retaining the the car for personal use. Having commissioned the body-off restoration, he has complete confidence in this car, and had it built to the original specification, with a conversion to RHD and a classic colour choice of Colorado Red being the only changes.

Around 80% of the "Big Healeys" were exported to North America, and Graham believes that this car stayed in original ownership there until he purchased it. Graham has lived in Malaysia for some time now usually making 2-3 trips back the UK annually. However recently due to the Covid pandemic he has only been back once in each of the last couple of years and so he'd rather the car goes to a new home where it can be driven and enjoyed by a new owner. He'll be happy to answer any questions in the comments section below, keep in mind the 8 hour time difference so Graham's responses might be slightly delayed.

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Exterior

An iconic and instantly recognisable car, the sleek body and diminutive size coupled with the powerful engine cuts through the air with ease.

Wheels and Tyres

Fitted with 5 new 15" 72 spoke chrome wire wheels supplied from MWS . These are in as new condition as shown by the photographs. The new 72 spoke wheels are much stronger than the original 48 or 54 spoke wheels and allow modern tubeless tyres to be fitted. The wheels are wrapped in Nexen tyres that present in excellent as new condition and prepared for the auction consignment as pictured.

Bodywork

A body off restoration was actioned on this car, finally completed in 2015. The extensive restoration and just ~1,000 miles covered since then leave the car in excellent condition as pictured.

Some of the key work completed was as follows; body off and sandblasted, new outriggers, inner/outer sills, all floors including boot, new B posts, RHD conversion. You'll see in the mechanics gallery later a solid and clean looking underside that should inspire confidence. The car comes with a new hood and tonneau cover. The hood frame was powder coated and painted as part of the restoration work before the new hood was fitted.

Paint

Graham opted to have the car painted in "Colorado Red" when he commissioned the restoration, a colour that suits the interior red trim we think.

The paint looks excellent on this example, even in colour and finish across all the panels. The only areas to note are the top of the windscreen corners where we can see some areas where the frame of the hood must connect with the body. View the picture gallery to see the detail.

Glass and Trim

Coming with new side screens, hood and tonneau cover, items that were renewed during the restoration. They present in very good condition, along with the brightwork on the car looking excellent.

Interior

A beautifully restored interior, these compact roadsters sit you low down for the optimum driving position.

Seats and Carpets

Totally renewed as part of the restoration, Graham informs us the car has had new seats and carpets fitted for the restoration. The result is an extremely tidy and tight fitted interior, beautiful in presentation and the quality of work resulting in a car that can be used with pleasure.

Dashboard

A brand new dash has been fitted as part of the restoration and conversion to RHD on this Mk1 3000. It looks in excellent condition wrapped with a colour match to the rest of the interior.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

Presented in excellent condition, the car is fitted with a Moto Lita steering wheel, it adds a lovely touch to this restored cabin. The manual gearbox has what looks to be a new gearknob fitted to the original stick, it presents in very good condition with the clearly white painted gate pattern on top.

Mechanics

These Mk1 3000's would push out ~124BHP and reach speeds of ~112MPH, quite a feat in a roadster in 1959.

Engine and Gearbox

As with the rest of this car, the engine bay look beautiful with a new chrome rocker cover fitted. As part of the restoration Graham tells us the mechanics were overhauled, including the engine, gearbox and overdrive and also the clutch. The result is a car that starts on the button and sounds great with the SS side exit exhaust and alloy sump that has been fitted.

Watch the video to hear the car in action and see Grahams son moving the car around on the drive.

Suspension and Brakes

View the underside pictures to see the suspension up close, as part of the restoration Graham had the braking system and suspension components refreshed where needed. New wheel bearings were fitted and the rear axle was also refurbished too.

The Drive

The car has covered some ~1,000 miles since the restoration was completed in 2015, Graham tells us "A few runs to Whitby and some other locations in North Yorkshire. What I love most about this car is that I know what was done to it and how I was involved in the restoration and what I wanted to achieve, the car runs very nice and I wish I could be there to enjoy it much more".

Electrics and Other

A new wiring loom was fitted during the restoration, and the car is running with a new alternator and coil and has been converted to electronic ignition. Also fitted with a new high performance gear reduction starter motor which ensures the car fires up on the button when required. The rear lamps have been modified to provide separate braking lamps and turn indicators which is often done in restorations of these Healeys to improve safety.

Other things to note are that a new fuel tank, fuel pump and increased surface area radiator were fitted as part of the restoration. For some reason the odometer has stopped working but the speedometer and all other instruments are working fine.

History and Paperwork

A body off restored BT7, just ~1,000 miles covered and presented in excellent condition, this Big Healey is begging to be run on the open roads again.

Graham is a British sports car enthusiast, and his passion for the Austin-Healey started when he bought a Mk3 Sprite before his university studies. Skip forward some 30 years, he was in a position to buy a proper "Big Healey", and purchased a car from North America with a total restoration in mind. The restoration was completed in 2015 and he's covered some ~1,000 miles in the car since then, a car he has confidence in given all the work he has had actioned.

Graham will be happy to answer any questions in the comments section below, keep in mind the 8 hour time difference so Graham's response might be slightly delayed.

We've actioned checks on; Seller ID, V5C, HPi.

Key Details
  • Model3000 Mk1 (BT7)
  • TransmissionManual with overdrive
  • Reg. Date01.05.1959
  • CC2,912
  • Mileage~67,500
  • ColourColorado Red
  • Interior ColourRed
  • Interior TrimLeather
  • Chassis #H-BT7-L/854
  • Engine #29D-RU-H/1072
  • RestoredYes
  • MOT ExemptYes
  • Road Tax ExemptYes
  • HPi ClearYes
  • Former Keepers0 in UK
  • Tyre BrandNexen
  • LHD or RHDRHD
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned~18 years
  • Key FeatureBody off restored example






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Hello, looking closely at the pictures I see some overspray on components under the car, was this from the original restoration, or has the car had some recent repairs?

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Hello can you advise when full restoration carried out and by whom is there photographic and documentary evidence ? Has the car been used recently, when was last service
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