Show Stopper: 1960 Austin Healey 3000 BT7 Mk1 – SOLD!

by | May 2022 | Classifinds, Sports Car Saturday

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July 22, 2022, Update – We confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

June 28, 2022 Update – In an incredibly odd move, the seller just replaced their expiring Craigslist ad with a fresh listing.  While that’s not the odd part, increasing the asking price from $59,500 to $82,000 is. We wonder whether that’s a typo or if they are still thinking they can get BaT money on Craigslist.

June 21, 2022 Update – The seller decided to lower their asking price ever so slightly by $495 to now ask $59,500.

June 7, 2022 Update – We just confirmed the private seller lowered their asking price from the original request of $65,000 to $59,995.  The private seller just learned a valuable lesson: don’t expect BaT-level bids posting a car on Craigslist.

When a seller mentions their classic car took first place in multiple car shows, that’s usually a great indication the quality of the car being offered for sale will not disappoint.  That’s what the seller of this British Racing Green 1960 Austin Healey 3000 originally listed in May 2022 on Craigslist in Wilton, Connecticut (New York City) is quick to point out.  Given the fact the seller reports his big Healey features “Numerous Upgrades,” it’s safe to say those awards we’re likely not from Concours-level events.  No harm, no foul in our book as this Mk1 3000 appears to be a stunner with the classic BRG paint set off by chromed wire wheels. Although not specifically called out in the listing, The “BT7” denotes this 3000 is a 2+2 model equipped with a rudimentary back seat.

Currently offered for $59,500 (the original ask was $65,000), Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, confirms the ask is well above this guide’s one-year results average of $46,985 for BT7, Mk 1 vintage Austin Healey 3000s.  Unfortunately, the BaT effect appears to be in full swing as the seller’s pricing is likely swayed by this outlier sold last fall for $65,500.  By clicking on the green dots in the graph below, you can navigate to each comparable car sold as a way to help you make an educated bid on the car we are featuring for auction here:

As a second data point, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask is three thousand dollars above this guide’s #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $62,000.

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 I BT7, which indicates it was equipped with a three-liter BMC C-Series inline-six engine designed to replace the smaller 2.6-liter engine found 100-6 model that the car replaced. Another improvement was the introduction of front disc brakes. The manufacturers claimed it would reach 60 mph in 11 seconds and 100 mph in 31 seconds.  Other changes were minor compared to those between the original 100 and the 100–6. The wheelbase and body were unchanged as were the body styles, a 2+2 BT7 and a two-seater BN7.

Weather protection remained minimal, with a folding plastic roof on a light demountable frame and above the doors detachable side screens holding sliding perspex panels. Wire wheels, overdrive gearbox, laminated windscreen, heater, adjustable steering column, a detachable hardtop for the 2+2, and two-tone paint were available as options.  The Austin Healey Registry points out that Austin Healey produced a total of 13,650 Mark I 3000s: 2,825 BN7 open two-seaters, and 10,825 BT7 2+2s.

The Abed Farhan YouTube Channel features his 1960 Auston Healey 3000’s nicely detailed inline-six idling:

If you are more interested in driving a reliable classic Big Healey than showing a 100-point show car, this 1960 Austin Healey 3000 BT7 might be the example for you.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Austin Healey 3000, British Racing Green, restoration, professionally maintained. Numerous upgrades, receipts available, Chrome Wire Wheels, partial list of replacements include gearbox rebuild, breaks, rotors, shocks, updated springs, steering box, stainless steel muffler, hi torque starter, electronic ignition, new valves (Uses pump gas) , fuel pump (Solid state ), Clutch, Wheel Bearings, engine mounts, carpeting, Dynamat heat shield,Carburetors rebuilt, upgraded valve cover, spin on oil filter, hi beam fog/driving lights. New Battery, Car is stored in winter. Speedometer shows 8000 miles since first upgrades started. Car is registered in Connecticut as an Antique, There is no title on Antique cars in Connecticut. Car is in very good condition, placed 1st in two auto shows.

Show or go: What would you do with this 1960 Austin Healey 3000 Mk1 BT7?  Please comment below and let us know!

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