1965 Austin-Healey 3000


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1965 Austin-Healey 3000 MkIII Works Replica Rally Car
Registration no. SPY 283C
Chassis no. H-BJ8/31335

This Austin-Healey 3000 MkIII was rebuilt in 1990/1991 for historic circuit racer Phil Buck to go rallying. A substantial amount of the body and chassis was renewed in aluminium in a no-expense-spared restoration carried out by Maurice Jennings of SRS Motorsport at an estimated cost of circa £100,000. Once this most authentic Works Replica had been completed, (featuring on the cover of the June 1992 Classic Cars magazine), Buck used it for only three rallies, finishing 9th on the 1993 RAC Historic and racing it once at the Nürburgring's Nordschliefe. Since then, 'SPY 283C' has seen little action but most recently competed on The Three Castles Rally (2008), The Rally of the Tests (2011), and The Classic Marathon (2012). We are advised that the engine, gearbox, and overdrive were rebuilt recently (bills available), and the car is described by the private vendor as in generally excellent condition.

Specification highlights include the following:

Original chassis up-rated, strengthened and seam welded (including engine mountings)
Front and rear towing eyes
Alloy front shroud with works-type grille and quick-release Weber inspection panel
Alloy rear shroud
Steel front wings with side vents
Steel rear wings
Genuine works hardtop with vent
Works-pattern boot lid
Safety Devices FIA welded-in rear roll cage
200bhp SRS/Welch motor
Triple-plate paddle clutch
Straight-cut gears with Tulip ratios and competition overdrive
Quaife limited-slip differential
Side-exit exhaust
Twin Facet fuel pumps
Long-range foam-filled fuel tank with quick-release alloy filler cap
Competition radiator with Pacet electronic thermostatically controlled fan
Adjustable pedal box and brake bias
Rear axle location similar to John Chatham's 'DD 300'
Competition springs and dampers
Lucas competition wiring
Additional Cibié front spotlights
Period-correct Ridgard leather bucket seats with full harnesses
Plumbed-in fire extinguishing system to current FIA regulations
Air horns
Twin trip meters
Collapsible steering column
High-ratio steering box
Rear drum brakes with competition brake servo
Tandem master cylinder
Braided stainless steel flexible brake and clutch lines
Competition brake pads and competition brake fluid
MotoLita steering wheel
Works-type gear knob and overdrive switch
72-spoke 4.5" wire wheels with tarmac tyres (x5)
72-spoke 4.5" wire wheels with gravel tyres (x5)

Contained within ring binders, the comprehensive history includes photographs of the full restoration; sundry invoices; full specification sheet; expired MoTs; Heritage Certificate; FIVA rally logbook; MoT to June 2020; V5C Registration Certificate; and full FIVA and MSA documents. Finished to a breathtakingly high standard and quality, this is a serious competition 'Big Healey', fresh and ready to go. They don't come much better than this.