[Healeys] Last Big Healey?
eschulz at frontiernet.net
Tue Mar 21 10:57:23 MDT 2017
On 3/21/2017 10:47 AM, HealeyRick wrote:
> *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
> <https://www.autoevolution.com/news/oh-jerry-ricky-gervais-rides-in-austin-healey-video-48045.html>* 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
> <https://www.autoevolution.com/news/baby-buys-austin-healey-sprite-on-ebay-video-62937.html> is
> 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 crowning achievement.
> 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 car
> <https://www.autoevolution.com/news/alpine-s-reborn-a110-fully-revealed-it-s-the-french-answer-to-the-718-and-4c-115966.html> to
> 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 at Classic 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
> Last, but not least, it's noteworthy to point out that this is no
> garage queen
> And even restored, the final Big Healey doesn't fail to show its patina.
> Source: https://www.autoevolution.com/news/t...on-116318.html
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