Lot 14
1961 Austin-Healey 3000


Selling on Wednesday


• Classic British sportscar
• 3.0-litre inline 'big six' six-cylinder engine
• Striking black leather seats with red piping
• Knock-off wire wheels
• Accessory wind wings and driving lamps

2,912cc inline six-cylinder engine, 124 HP, dual SU carburetors, four-speed manual gearbox with overdrive, independent front suspension with coil springs, rigid rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, Girling front disc and rear hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 92”

Debuting at the New York Motor Show in March 1959, the Austin-Healey 3000 retained the sleek good looks of its 100/6 predecessor while providing an appreciated increase in performance, thanks to a larger-capacity version of the long-established C-Series engine. Over-bored to 2,912cc, newly improved engine produced 124 horsepower, making it capable of a top speed of 114 mph with the optional hardtop installed. Otherwise, the car was much as before, though Girling front disc brakes were a welcome improvement. The resulting, highly developed Austin-Healey 3000 was an immediate success, both on and off the track. In 1960, the second production year for the six-cylinder Austin-Healeys, the company achieved great success on the competitive international rally scene, with Pat Moss and Ann Wisdom victorious at the Liege-Rome-Liege, Coupes des Dames in Geneva and the Tulip Rally. With partial alloy bodies, these cars were light enough to perform exceptionally with the extra power gained from the new 3.0-litre, six-cylinder engine.

The stylish Austin-Healey presented here is in excellent condition. The current owner recently conducted a restoration of the interior that is finely trimmed authentically in black leather with correct red seat piping and new carpets. Seat belts were added for safety as well. The “Big Six” engine mated to a three-speed manual gearbox with overdrive is in excellent tune, runs strong and is detailed correctly as is the engine bay with original-style hose clamps, wires, paint finishes and other related items adding to the quality of this well-cared for Austin-Healey. All the electrical components and heater system function well. Accessories include wind wings, driving lamps and front edge bar. A set of original side curtains are included along with the convertible top. Classic sporting British style, a lively six-cylinder engine and fine overall quality make this Austin-Healey an ideal choice for fun automotive gatherings and encourages spirited open-air driving down country roads.