Why Restore: 1962 Austin Healey 3000 BT7 – Sold!

Apr 2020 | Classifinds, Sports Car Saturday

Update: This one got away, but if you have your heart set on something similar, email us the details of what you’re looking for or call Rudy directly at (908)295-7330

Since starting GuysWithRides, we’ve featured several Austin Healey 3000 projects priced in the mid-teens that once restored will likely have the owner underwater on the car.  Conversely, red over black leather 1962 Austin Healey 3000 BT7 currently listed on Craiglist in Orange, Virginia makes a compelling argument for buying an already restored example.  Researching the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this seller has their Healey priced somewhere between the #2 “Excellent” appraisal of $58,700 and the #3 “Good” estimate of $30,500.  If you are serious about buying this 3000 BT7, you can start the conversation by emailing the seller here and when you do, please remember to mention you saw his listing featured here on GuysWithRides.com.  Full disclosure:  as best as we could research, this post appears to be a private sale even though the detailed description and the picture background give a commercial vibe.  We apologize in advance if you confirm this in fact a dealer and please let us know ASAP and we will remove the post.

The Austin-Healey 3000 is a British sports car built from 1959 through 1967. It is the best known of the “Big Healey” models. The car’s bodywork was made by Jensen Motors and the vehicles were assembled at British Motor Corporation’s MG Works in Abingdon, alongside the corporation’s MG models.  The example featured here is a Mark II BT7, which indicates it’s fitted with a three-liter inline six-cylinder engine topped with three SU HS4 carburetors and an improved camshaft.  Other changes included a vertical barred front grille. Optional extras included a brake servo which greatly improved braking performance, so you’ll want to confirm with the seller whether this example has that fitted.

Other than the red paint overspray present on the undercarriage, this example appears to be a nicely refreshed, driver quality Big Healey you can enjoy as soon as social distancing eases and the weather warms.  The seller provides a number of additional pictures and a video in the link below.  Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s detailed description:

“For your consideration is a 1962 Austin Healey 3000 tri-carb. The car has had a recent re-paint and mechanical service in an effort to make this an attractive, reliable car that can be enjoyed by the next owner. It is fitted with the rare factory hardtop painted to match the body; side curtains included. When the weather is more conducive to top-down motoring, a brand new full tonneau cover can be installed.

Recent mechanical service includes:
* Rebuild\restoration of all three carburetors
* Complete brake service including new braided lines
* New starter
* Spin-on oil filter conversion
* Oil and filter change
The car runs well and shifts through all of the gears and overdrive smoothly.

As noted above, the car was re-painted. The interior however was in nice, original condition so it was left intact, but a new steering wheel was fitted along with floor mats.

Additional high-resolution pictures of the car can be seen here:

https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipPMYErHLrBaBzhx-pdJRTRikFYqPD4Q-TXBbxZtkMuFajImGXijzUJAyVTCtLHWjQ?key=WXU5czlkclVJRFR5dmpJczhOYVMzNDdwSDdjZ0xB

Please look closely at the pictures and don’t hesitate to ask any questions. If you are an out-of-state buyer, assistance with your shipper can be provided.

Do you have an Austin Healey 3000 story you’d like to share?  Comment below and let us know!

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