The Austin Healey 3000 was introduced in July 1959. The cars were assembled alongside BMC’s MG models at its works in Abingdon with its bodywork being supplied by Jenson Motors. The “Big Healey” as the 3000 was nicknamed was powered by a 3-litre six-cylinder engine with twin SU carburettors. This produced impressive performance with a claimed 0-60mph of just 11 secs and onto a top speed of 115mph. The Healey’s reliability and performance, enabled the 3000 to quickly establish itself both on the racing circuit and also proved very competitive on rally events.
The Austin Healey 3000 MKIII Phase II offered here is finished in its original colour scheme of British Racing Green with Black leather interior trim and Black vinyl hood. Supplied new in 1966 to the North American market and specified with the following options; Heater, Wire wheels, Laminated windscreen, Adjustable steering column, Cigar lighter and Radio with a 4 speed gearbox with overdrive on 3rd and 4th gear. Spending its early life in the USA before returning to UK shores in 1992, it was then purchased by Imran Khan on behalf of his friend Jonathan Stubbs, who immediately took the car out to Munich in Germany.
In 1992 the car underwent a comprehensive restoration including; New wing panels, floors and sills, new brakes, full suspension overhaul, tubular exhaust manifold along with side pipes, it also had full engine rebuild which included being balanced and Blue-printed by Curran Auto Repairs in Merstham, Surrey. The car was used in Germany before returning to the UK with Jonathan, in August 2000, it was given to Classic Coachbuilders in Sittingbourne in Kent for a RHD conversion. They also fitted a new interior trim, along with a new vinyl hood, brake servo, distributor and dynamo.
In April 2002 the car was sold by Classic Chrome Ltd and continued to be used regularly and was well maintained. Additional works included; new wiring loom, suspension rebuild, overdrive reconditioned, brake overhaul, carburettors rebuilt, new exhaust system and additional paintwork to keep it in tip top condition.
Passing to its current owner, Mr Flecther in 2015, this stunning example has continued to lead a pampered, no expense sparred life. The engine, gearbox and overdrive had been previously rebuilt to a very high standard which only left the differential to address. A new differential was fitted in 2016 making sure the entire drivetrain is in perfect order. At the same time as the differential was replaced, many other items were tended to including an upgrade to electronic ignition courtesy of a 123ignition distributor. Five new tyres and inner tubes were fitted. The headlights wren modified to high intensity discharge bulbs. The carpets were removed and heat reflective underlay fitted. As well as other smaller jobs that were completed at this time, a new Mohair hood was professionally fitted. Later in 2016 a suspension upgrade was undertaken using a purpose designed telescopic shock absorber kit from AH Spares, renowned Healey specialist. This transformed the ride of the car.
More recently the rear brakes have been overhauled and a new SU fuel pump fitted. The valve clearances were adjusted and an oil and filter changed along with all points being serviced.
Supplied with an extensive history file including a current V5 registration document, Heritage certificate, numerous invoices including recent works totalling £9500, which the current owner has invested in keeping the car in its current condition.