1962 Austin-Healey 3000Mk II BT7
Year of manufacture1962
- Numbers-matching chassis, body, engine, and gearbox per BMIHT certificate
- Includes original Bill of Sale, financing documents, and early registrations
- Gold-level certification through the Austin-Healey Concours Registry, 2013
- Desirable triple-carburetor configuration
- Serviced in February of 2020
This Austin-Healey 3000 was completed on 26 March 1962 and was destined for North America. The car was originally finished in Ivory White over a red interior with a black convertible top and included wire wheels, heater, adjustable steering column, “roadspeed” tires, laminated windscreen, mph speedometer, and overdrive. The Mark II was shipped to the U.S. on 13 April and distributed to Hambro Automotive Corporation, USA. The Austin-Healey was sold by The Auto Show dealership to Richard Huntwork of Warwick, Rhode Island, on 15 September.
It is noted that Mr. Huntwork traded in a 1960 Volkswagen as part of the purchase. Mr. Huntwork, who worked for Bradford Special Chemical Products in West Warwick, Rhode Island, owned the car until at least 1968, with previous registrations included on file. While subsequent ownership history is not known, the car was later acquired by Robert Workman, under whose ownership the car achieved a Silver-level certification in 1994 and later a Gold-level certification in 2013 through the Austin-Healey Concours Registry. In 2015 the car changed hands to its most recent owner.
More recently, in January of 2020, the car was driven approximately 750 miles from Phoenix, Arizona, to San Francisco, California. Following the trip, the Austin-Healey benefitted from a service at a noted sports car shop in Novato, California. Work included the rebuilding of the original style electric fuel pump, and the replacement of the jet assemblies on all three carburetors. Additionally, the car received a tune up which included a new ignition coil, condenser, and solid core spark plug wires.
Today the car presents beautifully, refinished in a wonderful shade of blue with a blue convertible top. The interior is finished in blue with white piping. The leather-wrapped dash houses Smiths instrumentation along with controls for the choke, heater, and overdrive. Protection from the elements is provided by a blue convertible top and sliding side windows. A tonneau cover provides alternate weather protection. The engine bay is nicely detailed, and this Austin-Healey retains its original straight six-cylinder engine which features the desirable triple-carburetor setup. The BMIHT certificate confirms this is a numbers-matching example, including the chassis, engine, gearbox, and body. In addition to retaining its original purchase documents and early registrations, the Austin-Healey is accompanied by a Mk II brochure, BMC maintenance book, and Hambro Automotive Corporation brochure.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/mo20.