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Lot 156

2015   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2015

1961 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk I BT7

SOLD $71,500

Estimate

$80,000 - $110,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

H-BT7-L/13442

Car Highlights

Extensive Restoration and Striking Colors
An Early Example of the Venerable 3000 Model
Prepared by a Veteran British Car Concours Judge
Complete with British Motor Heritage Trust Certifcate
An Ideal All-Around Sports Car

Technical Specs

2,912 CC OHV Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Twin SU HD6 Semi-Downdraft Carburetors
124 BHP at 4,750 RPM
4-Speed Manual Gearbox with Laycock Overdrive
Girling Front Disc, Rear Drum Hydraulic Brakes
Independent Wishbone and Coil-Spring Front Suspension
Live Rear Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
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According to its BMHT Certificate, this BT7 was produced at the end of 1960 as a left-hand-drive export model. As one of the most popular and desirable “Big Healeys,” it was factory-equipped with an adjustable steering column, heater, laminated windscreen, overdrive, and Roadspeed tires.

Following acquisition in 2012, the consignor, a respected British car judge for over 35 years and accomplished restorer, commissioned a comprehensive mechanical and cosmetic restoration, seeking to retain as many of the 3000’s original parts as possible. Body and paintwork were completed by German Motors of Sacramento, and Heritage Upholstery & Trim of North Vancouver supplied the new dark blue leather upholstery with smart cream piping. AJAG, the British car specialist in Carmichael, California, rebuilt the engine, gearbox, and drivetrain, new brake lines were installed, the instruments were rebuilt, and a new wiring harness was fitted. Carefully restored side curtains, a new dark blue convertible top, renewed brightwork, and restored chrome wire wheels provide the final touches to the highly detailed restoration. With only limited test mileage since the work was completed in September 2014, this striking 1961 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk I BT7 remains fresh and has yet to grace the show field. As such, it provides an exceptional opportunity for the new owner to present to the Austin-Healey community in concours competition.