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1961 Austin-Healey 3000


Austin-Healey 3000 has had same owner since 1973 and has been completely restored
Austin-Healey 3000 has had same owner since 1973 and has been completely restored

Pick of the Day is a 1961 Austin-Healey 3000 that the seller has owned since grad school days back in 1973.

According to the advertisement on ClassicCars.com, the car originally was an Arizona car that the seller took to Southern California for seven years before moving to Maryland, where an outfit called Healey Surgeons handled the car’s maintenance from 1980 until 2009.1387007-1961-austin-healey-3000-std

The surgeons (their website says they’ve been in business for 44 years) did a mechanical restoration in 2008 and then Shawn Miller of Hershey, Pennsylvania, did a body-off panel restoration a year later. Since that restoration, the car has been in a secure garage in Florida when not being driven, and it’s only been driven 1,600 miles in the past seven years, the seller reports.

The seller also notes that the car has been converted to a negative-ground electrical system and has a radio/CD player with removable faceplate and a 3:54 rear end with overdrive.

Of that later change, the seller reports that it “transforms the car by dropping the revs on the highway and making it a much more relaxed car to drive on weekend trips.”

The car is red with red and black leather interior. The ad does not say anything about the engine — 3000s took their name from a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engines that could propel them to speeds of some 115 miles per hour — or transmission condition except that the engine has been rebuilt and is running.

The car is in Parkland, Florida and has an asking price of $49,000.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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