|Range||Daily driver range|
|Type||3000 MK II|
|Motor||6 cylindres en ligne carburateurs SU|
|Gearboxe||Mécanique à 4 rapports et overdrive.|
|Dimensions||L : 4,à0 m - l : 1,5' m|
|Options||Overdive, intérieur cuir.|
|Features||Excellent état et rareté.|
Austin-Healey MK II 3000 BJ7
The Austin-Healey company was established in 1952 thanks to a joint venture between Leonard Lord of the Austin Motor Company and Donald Healey, a renowned racing driver. Healey was responsible for the design of the first model, the ‘100’. His idea was to create a sporty roadster which would serve as the basis for competition models. The first version was fitted with a four-cylinder engine until 1956, when a 2.6-litre six-cylinder engine was introduced, considerably improving its performance. In 1959, a model known as the ‘3000’ was launched, fitted with a 2912cc six-cylinder engine. This had Girling front disc brakes, allowing a sporty drive. The model evolved through three versions (Mark I, Mark II and Mark III) until 1967, when production came to an end. The Austin-Healey excelled in competitive events such as the Alpine Rally or the Liège-Rome-Liège, in the hands of renowned drivers such as Shelby or Morley. The car was light (weighing about a ton), and its powerful and responsive engine (developing up to 150bhp) made it fun to drive. Its acceleration was a match for far more powerful and expensive cars. Today, the Austin-Healey is a roadster much sought after by collectors. It is a true classic with loads of charm. It is reliable, requires little maintenance and offers incredible sensations for a reasonable outlay.
The model presented here
The model presented was first registered in January 1962. It is a rare Mark II model equipped with three perfectly set-up SU carburettors, allowing the engine to produce its original 130bhp. It is in excellent condition. An extensive history file underlines the care which the car has received. The mechanical components have been completely and perfectly rebuilt. Overall, it is in excellent running order. It is charming and enjoyable to drive, thanks to the extraordinary sound of its six-cylinder engine, which breathes just as it originally did. Its roadholding and braking are just as they were when new. This example is one of those which have survived in superb condition. There is no sign of corrosion and the panels are correctly aligned. The four seats were reupholstered in navy blue leather a few years ago and the slight patina to them adds to the car’s overall charm. Authentic and in perfect condition, it will bring you great satisfaction. It will be serviced before delivery and guaranteed for 12 months.