Austin-Healey 3000 Mk 1: Big Healey, big heart
This is the enduring image of the big-engined Healey.
And, looking at the values of Abingdon’s finest, even in today’s buoyant classic car market, recreating such a scene need not be expensive. An Austin-Healey 3000 looks good, performs adequately (124bhp, tested at 116mph with a 0-60mph of 11.7 seconds in 1960) – at a price well short of the equivalent Jaguar XK or anaemic Mercedes 190SL.
The company had had a six-cylinder sports car in its catalogue since 1956, the 2,639cc Healey 100-Six. In 1959, the introduction of both front disc brakes and a now 3-litre engine gave the car even greater appeal. It also had a new name: ‘Austin-Healey 3000’.
Available as a BN7 two-, or cosy BT7 four-seater, the 3000 was a sales success and the car made a fine long-distance tourer, too. All that was needed was a flat hat, sports jacket and tie for the man and a headscarf for his companion. The world was then their oyster.
This car is currently for sale in the Classic Driver Marketplace
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Photos: Marc Vorgers