Monterey | Lot 113
1964 Austin-Healey 3000 MKIII Convertible
$63,250 USD | Sold
| Monterey, California
26 August 2011
148 bhp, 2,912 cc OHV inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission with electric overdrive, coil spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and hydraulic front disc and rear drum brakes. Wheelbase: 91.7"
- Low-mileage example
- Recent restoration, fully detailed
- Complete with factory-installed electric overdrive
Donald Healey’s four-cylinder Healey Hundred was a sensation at the 1952 London Motor Show, impressing Austin’s Leonard Lord, who promptly put it into production as the Austin-Healey. Successively upgraded, it received six-cylinder power in 1956, but it was the three-liter 3000 Mark III of 1964-1968 that became the archetypal “Big Healey.”
Completed on June 1, 1964 and dispatched from the works two days later, this 3000 Mark III convertible was built to left-hand drive North American specification and consigned to Donald Healey & Company in Warwick, UK. As supplied, it was painted in Colorado Red, with red upholstery and a black convertible top. Options included the adjustable steering column, black tonneau cover, a heater and electric overdrive.
A former owner had it restored by the Rolls-Royce dealer in New York. Within the last three years, the current owner has upgraded and detailed it, changing to a negative-ground electrical system and installing solid state electronic components like a fuel pump, MSD ignition and an automatic pre-lube system. A new top was fitted in tan Stayfast, and the trunk was lined in carpet matching the interior. An Optima battery is installed, and the factory tool kit is with the car. The original black top and tonneau cover were retained and are in good condition. The mileage shows as 38,000, believed to be correct based on examination of wear-prone components, but this cannot be confirmed with certainty.
The car is immaculate, inside and out. Showing no rust, it is as clean underneath as on top, and the engine compartment is sanitary and well detailed. White side coves provide a nice accent to the red body, nicely set off with chrome wire wheels. First in Class at the June 2010 CP of Colorado Concours d’Elegance, it is offered with a Heritage Certificate and full documentation. Big Healeys are addictive. The low moan of a straight six and spirited motoring just inches off the ground give a rush to drivers of all ages.
Please note that this vehicle was built in 1964 but titled in 1965.