A rare 1960 Austin-Healey 3000 BT7 rally car stored for over 25 years will be sold at Historics’ 6 June sale
The Austin-Healey 3000 is truly one of the grandees of the historic motorsport scene, and it’s mainly due to the roadster’s combination of great looks and competitive rugged package that has made it such a success. Healeys were always competitive in period, making great rally cars, with a number of privateers running converted road cars – Just like this one.
This car has remained hidden away in dry storage for over 25 years now, and although it looks a little unloved, there’s an interesting story behind this barn find treasure.
Ordered from the factory in March 1960, the Big Healey was fitted with a black hard top along with the Dunlop Road Speed tyres, laminated windscreen, disc wheels all round and adjustable steering column. Strangely, no heater was required, bringing the original purchase price to the round sum of £1300.
Although the history is a little fuzzy, it’s thought that the car was returned to Donald Healey in the early 1970s, where it received the full works treatment. This included the full set of alloy body panels currently fitted to the 3000, including all four wings, doors as well as a dished bootlid, fitted to all the factory Works Healeys.
Under the bonnet is a considerably fettled engine, featuring big valves, triple DCOE carburettors, performance camshaft and a lightened and balanced flywheel. Power is put to the road through a straight cut close ratio gearbox, as well as a limited slip differential.
The car competed using its original registration number, OTK 76, although following its recommissioning and 25-year sleep, it now wears a replacement period correct plate (APU 122A). It’s been freshly MoT’d, and is also supplied with a BMIHT certificate as well as all the necessary FIA paperwork.
Historics thinks that with some further research, the new buyer could quite easily discover the full story behind the Healey, It could quite easily be restored to perfect condition, or carefully renovated to keep as much of the hard earned patina as possible.
With an estimate of £35,000-£45,000, the competition spec Austin-Healey will be sold at the 6 June Historics at Brooklands auction.