1959 Austin Healey 3000 BT-BN7
In 1952, Austin-Healey was established through a joint venture between Austin (division of BMC) and the Donald Healey Motor Company (Healey).
Shortly after, the Austin Healey 100 was presented as their first model. With its 4-cylinder engine and very sporty look and feel, the car became an instant hit. A lot of people, all over the world, enjoyed this little sports car and even went racing with it. Especially the M and S versions are very sought after nowadays.
In 1956, Healey changed to an 6-cylinder engine and this second version was called the 100-6. It had a slightly longer wheelbase than its predecessor but came with a more powerful 2639cc engine. The 100-6 improved the original concept just enough to keep its fan base and making it fresh again to attract new customers. In 1959, the wait for the next big thing was finally over.
The first ‘big’ Healey saw daylight at the factory of Abingdon. Inspired by the 100-6 engine, the 6-cylinder 2.912cc engine gave the last series the power people were expecting from the 100-6. The 3000 was slightly improved throughout the years and the 3000 became the MKI when the MKII followed. The last version, MKIII , confirmed again that the 3000 was one of the iconic sports cars. People still enjoy them all over the world.
Weather protection remained minimal, a folding plastic roof on a light de-mountable frame and above the doors detachable side screens holding sliding perspex panels. Wire wheels, overdrive gearbox, laminated windscreen, heater, adjustable steering column, detachable hard top for the 2+2, and two-tone paint were available as options.
The Austin Healey we can offer you is the first series of those Big Healey’s. First delivered to the USA, this Healey didn’t need a lot of restoration when it was imported back to the Netherlands a couple of years ago. It comes with a complete roof including the sliding Perspex panels. The wire wheels make it look very sporty, the 4-speed gearbox and overdrive will translate that feeling to you when take it out for a drive. The interior hasn’t been touched and the complete car is rust-free. One of the iconic roadsters and this one is in very nice condition!
If you would open the tonneau, we will make a test drive.