1963 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 MKIIA
H&H Classics | 12-Oct-2016 | Imperial War Museum Duxford | Venue : Duxford Cambridgeshire CB22 4QR
Category : Classic Cars
Lot No. : 26
Year : 1963
Engine Size : 3000cc
Colour : Ice Blue / White
Interior : Blue
Registration No. : BHX966A
Chassis No. : HBJ723501
Engine No. : 29F/RU/H/2719
No longer available - Sold or withdrawn from sale
 

 

- c.10,000 miles covered since full body off restoration by Healey specialists Orchard Restorations including an engine upgrade
- Featured in a full page advertisement in 'The Motor' magazine in October 1963
- Heritage Cerificate, original RHD UK car, detailed history file
The prototype 'Big' Healey was the sensation of the 1952 London Motorshow. Once in production it enjoyed steady development, with the original four-cylinder cars giving way to the 100-Six of 1956, which was followed by the first of the 3000s in 1959 and the MKII 3000 in 1961. Introduced in February 1962, the 3000 MKII 2+2 'BJ7' model (nicknamed the MKIIA) pioneered such 'luxuries' as wind-up windows, swivelling quarter-lights and a fixed convertible hood. Its independent wishbone front suspension gained stiffer coil springs and it benefited from a more direct steering box. The manual / overdrive transmission gained a new case, and the 2912cc straight-six engine switched to twin carburettors. With a reputed 132bhp and 170lbft of torque on tap, Girling front discs became standard equipment.
Despatched on 2 May 1963 to London dealer Car Mart Ltd and registered BHX 966A, this original RHD home market car has been in the current ownership since 1998. The subject of a comprehensive restoration by Orchard Restorations immediately following its purchase by the vendor, it has covered just c.7,000 miles since completion in 2001. Invoices for the work are detailed in the nicely presented history file. Correspondence accompanying the car records a replacement block being fitted at some point prior to 1986 whilst a detailed list of works carried out between 1991 and 2008 shows expenditure in excess of £37,000. BHX 966A featured in period advertising and a copy advert from Autocar is included together with a Heritage Certificate, Swansea V5C, MoT to June 2017, green logbook, list of owners back to 1972, restoration invoices and photographs, expired MoT certificates & tax discs together with correspondence and other sundry invoices. Finished in arguably the best colour combination of Ice blue / white with blue interior, this fine example is worthy of close inspection.