[Healeys] Last Big Healey?
kimobriske at gmail.com
Wed Mar 22 19:31:09 MDT 2017
So how would this car score in Concourse ? With the goal to be as close to
original as it left the factory. A fan of originality, Kimo
On Tue, Mar 21, 2017 at 2:33 PM, Jean Caron <
vintage_roadster_restoration at hotmail.com> wrote:
> "Fresh from a restoration done a year ago". I guess that the term "
> restoration" is used pretty loosely here. Perhaps saying that it has been
> resprayed would have been more accurate but it would not get bidders as
> enthusiastic to bring it up even to the lowest estimate. I can see keeping
> the original seats to show that "patina" makes sense but the very least
> they could have done is install the piping on the aluminum door trim, the
> rubber bumpers on the front shroud for the bonnet and the rubber seal for
> the trunk actually installed on the trunk lid. At the same time they could
> have secured the spare tire at its proper location with the metal bar and
> leather belt holding it in place. I am quite amazed that they di install
> the fender flash the correct way.
> *From:* Healeys <healeys-bounces at autox.team.net> on behalf of HealeyRick <
> healeyrik at gmail.com>
> *Sent:* March 21, 2017 2:47 PM
> *To:* healeys at autox.team.net
> *Subject:* [Healeys] Last Big Healey?
> *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
> <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
> <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 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.
> Source: https://www.autoevolution.com/news/t...on-116318.html
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