[Healeys] Last Big Healey?
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Tue Mar 21 08:47:17 MDT 2017
*When talking British classics, it’s impossible to ignore the likes of the
Jaguar E-Type and Aston Martin DB5. But while those are pop icons in their
own right, the *Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III
* is a bit of a specialty.*As compared to Jaguar and Aston Martin, which
are still with us, the venture created by Austin and Donald Healey Motor in
1952 came to a conclusion in 1972. The cutesy Sprite
a quintessential product of this legendary link-up, albeit the 3000 Mk III
is the car Austin-Healey enthusiasts consider to be the British outfit’s
17,712 examples of the Mark III were produced from ’64 to ’67, and this
here is the last one ever made. Chassis HBJ843025 was manufactured on the
21st of December, 1967, and the current owner bought it 45 years ago. Yup,
this is one cherished example of the 3000 Mk III, a back-to-basics sports
die for. Better still, it has covered only 57,389 miles (92,358 kilometers)
over the course of half a century.
*“This is the first time the car has been offered for sale in over 40 years
and as such an important and iconic British sports car we expect a
significant amount of interest,”* said Richard Greenhalgh, specialist
Car Auctions <http://www.classiccarauctions.co.uk/austin-healey-3000-mk-3>.
So what’s the estimate on this example of the Big Healey? £75,000 and
£90,000 is CCA’s pre-auction estimate, but only time will tell if bidding
will get rowdy.
Benefitting from a fresh restoration that finished just a year ago,
Healey’s last-ever Mk III is joined by a large history file, lots of
documents, and a heritage certificate. Of course, the inline-six powerplant
benefits from a high-lift camshaft and SU HS6 carbs, additions that saw
power go up from 136 to 150 bhp. And compared to the previous iteration,
the Mk III boasts power-assisted brakes as standard.
Last, but not least, it’s noteworthy to point out that this is no garage
And even restored, the final Big Healey doesn’t fail to show its patina.
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