The "Big Healey" retained the essence of its curvaceous long hood/short deck progenitor, the Austin-Healey 100/4 roadster of 1953. Designed as a sports car and indeed quite successful in rallying and racing, the Austin Healey had by 1961 evolved into the far more civilized and capable machine. The enlargement of its C-Series six-cylinder engine to 2,912cc and the adoption of Girling front disc brakes differentiated the new-for-1959 Austin-Healey 3000 from the preceding 100/6. In '3000' form, the rugged Austin six delivered 124bhp at 4,600rpm, good enough for a top speed in overdrive of 114mph with the optional hardtop in place. Otherwise, the car remained much as the 100/6, though the more-powerful disc brakes were a welcome improvement. Unveiled in March 1961, the Mk II version with a restyled grille and bonnet intake was the last 3000 available as a two-seater, the 2+2 (BT7) option having been for years the more popular. Engine improvements in the form of triple SU carburetors and a revised camshaft liberated an extra 8bhp.
This numbers matching, left-hand drive Healey is finished in Colorado Red with contrasting black upholstery piped in white and comes with full road equipment including black top and side curtains. Restored in 2004 by marque expert Terry Reminga, the well-documented frame-off restoration resulted in a stunning vehicle done in its original colors and to exceedingly correct specification. Driven less than 2000 miles since it was restored, it still shows beautifully today. It is a capable and enjoyable driver, offering all the thrills of a classic British roadster in a comfortable and desirable specification.