1962 Austin-Healey 3000 Mark II Registration no. 558 XUB Chassis no. HBT7L16819
Made only between 1961 and 1962, the Austin-Healey 3000 BN7 and BT7 were the only variants to have triple carburettors as standard, making them highly desirable and collectible. This BT7 model was purchased by its original owner, a wealthy man living in Los Angeles, for occasional motor sports use (it still retains its original competition lap belts). Later, in 2006, the car was acquired by mechanical engineer and restorer, Pete Farmer, a well-respected figure within the Austin-Healey fraternity for more than 30 years, he was the one chosen to prepare and support, ten British Austin Healey's in the North American challenge. Pete prepared the Healey for his good friend and neighbour, a surgeon working at a nearby hospital, softening the racing specification to make the car better suited to a wider variety of uses. Later, as the owner's new position of Professor of Surgery demanded greater time and attention, he reluctantly had to part with the Healey, which had seen little use but been well cared for and regularly maintained. The car is still registered in the UK to the same keeper who registered it with the DVLA in February 2007.
This car has had a great amount of money lavished on it and has seen little use since. The vendor describes it as a quick and powerful car that copes well with traffic, with a strong engine that sounds wonderful. The five-speed gearbox greatly enhances the driving experience and is a must for competition use, particularly long-distance rallies.
This Healey also has a large brake servo, quick-release oil filter, larger oil cooler, competition fuel pump, recent new fuel tank, and a set of heavy duty chrome wire wheels shod with low-profile tyres, including the spare.
Cosmetically the Healey is beautiful, though no 'trailer queen'. Removed and stored for years while the car was used for motor sport, the rear seats and back support are like new. The rear seats have been reinstated while the back support comes with the car and slides into place if required. This car also has the soft-top and frames, side screens, hardtop, and a full factory tonneau with support bars, and comes complete with its jack, wheel brace, and rawhide/copper hammer. The vendor also has the original front chrome bumper, overriders, irons and front valance, if required these items can be made available, by separate negotiation with the vendor.
A great driver's car that begs to be used, '558 XUB' is UK registered and comes with its US title document and NOVA letter showing all duties have been paid.