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The ultimate development of Donald Healey’s inspired joint venture with BMC’s Leonard Lord, the six-cylinder Austin-Healey 3000 epitomized the classic British sports car concept. Steeped in racing history and a sensory delight to drive, the “Big Healey” is essential for any serious enthusiast and collector today.
This lovely preserved example from 1964 is an original left-hand-drive, “Phase I” North American export model with just over 21,800 miles at the time of cataloguing. Known history begins in 1970, when honeymooners acquired it in Reno, Nevada. The couple enjoyed the Healey over the next four years until the arrival of their first child. The car was then retired and remained in storage until 2012, when marque experts Tom and Randee Rocke of Healey Lane purchased it. In an effort to retain the car’s original features, Healey Lane expertly detailed and reconditioned the paint and upholstery. In addition, the mechanical systems were thoroughly reviewed, cleaned, and serviced, the carburetors rebuilt, the engine tuned, and a new exhaust was fitted. As a sound vehicle in excellent condition, the Healey’s body panels were not removed. Even the factory-painted orange lines indicating fluid levels remain underhood, as do the BMC manufacturer’s tags.
This Healey provides the incomparable feel only a low-mileage, unrestored vehicle can deliver. This wonderfully preserved automobile represents a unique opportunity to acquire an important and irreplaceable example of a beloved British sports car.