For the 1960 model year, British sports car manufacturer Austin-Healey introduced a new model with front disc brakes to help control the new, nearly 3.o-liter 6-cylinder engine. The car was the Austin-Healey 3000 and it was available as a two-seater (code BN7) or a 2+2 (BT7).
Pick of the Day is a 1960 Austin-Healey 3000, the 2+2 version, that has been owned by the same family since 1961 according to the car’s advertisement on ClassicCars.com. The advertisement was placed by a private seller, presumably a member of that family.
“This car is of very high quality having been fully restored with great care to original condition, except for the addition of factory racing works type cooling fins in both front fenders and non-standard interior color,” the seller proclaims.
“The bodywork, panel fit and paint finish are all of the highest quality,” the advertisement notes. “The engine performs exceptionally well with strong oil pressure, keeps good temperature and makes very good power. The car is very tight to drive.”
The seller notes that a restoration in which all mechanical components were rebuilt was finished in 1998, “resulting in a drivable chassis,” and at that point the car was sent to Tom Kovacs of Fourintune in Wisconsin, who completed the restoration and painted the car in a process that ran into the spring of 2000.
The advertisement includes the URL for the fourintune.com website so you can check out Kovacs’ work. The ad also includes a long list of what Kovacs did to the car, as well as a list of some work done in 2015 — for example, new fan belt, choke cable, driver’s door-handle spring replaced — and another list of work done since November 2017, including engine tuneup, new brake master cylinder, new clutch master cylinder, new battery and tires.
The seller further notes that the car has been garage kept and has been driven by non-smokers.
The car comes with a British Motor Industry Heritage Trust certificate and the seller also will share a professional appraisal report by Specialized Claims Synergy.
Such early Austin-Healey 3000s can run into six figures in concours condition. This one is located in Lago Vista, Texas, and the seller is asking $68,900.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.