Austin Healey: 3000 HBT7

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Technical specifications

Manufacturer:Austin Healey
Model:3000
Year:1959
Type:roadster
Fuel Type:Gasoline
Color:Primrose Yellow
Mileage:15,676
Transmission:4 spd with overdrive
Interior Color:Black
Engine:3.0
Trim:HBT7
Number of Cylinders:6
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Description

Just in time for the Summer Sun a fabulous first year production 1959 Austin Healey 3000 BT7 in rare Primrose Yellow (it's original color). Complete with "works" fender vents (in steel), louvered hood (bonnet), convertible top, tonneau and a dealer accessory Parrish Plastics hardtop. This wonderful roadster has had it's venerable six cylinder rebuilt with a "hotter" cam to suit it's rally appearance. It really can move out quicker than the other Healey's I have driven. It also sports the 72 spoke wheels instead of the factory 48 versions. The hood (bonnet) is louvered to help with any heat build-up, the body was redone in it's original color of Primrose yellow..a rare but very period color. (It always get thumbs up and compliments when cruising down the road, or parked). It also has polished cockpit trim which really looks great and harkens back to the 100-4's. The frame appears to be straight and un-hitsomething not easy to find on a performance car that is 56 years old! The mileage I assume is 115,676.but as there are no spaces before the "15,676" I just do not know.the body and frame are very nice. The front frame extensions are straight and unbent..so maybe this is the true mileage, but I doubt itso I will say mileage is really unknown by me.
It is a very reliable car despite the British car reputation. It has always started, and hardly ever requires a tune or adjustment. All gauges work, although the gas gauge can take some getting used to.it tends to jump around a bit as you take corners, and accelerate or brakebut I assume in those days that might have been normal, or it is showing it's age of 56 years. Speedo does the occasional "needle float" but it never really bothered me. Trip and regular odometer seem to function fine. Overdrive works well. The trafficator (turn signal actuator) on wheel functions fine. I would classify this car as a really nice drivernot a show car (a Hagerty 3 to 3+). The paint is very shiny, but not perfect. It also has some small chipping from use and other small imperfections. The previous owners were Healey collectors.but more importantly they drove their cars and enjoyed themso this car was built in that spirit.
As pics show (and look at the 115 photos on the link below) you can see the usual rust areas like floors, trunk lip and fenders are good. The car has sound insulation under the floor as well to quiet road noise and keep things cool underfoot on the driver's side (exhaust runs under the floor there). I also have quite a few receipts as the pics show as well.
This is a car you will get compliments on, enjoy driving, can rely on and not be worried about having to hide in a garage for fear of depreciation. This car is a blast to drive!
Some things that I was going to eventually repair if I kept this another ten years: steering box seala matter of pulling the pitman arm and putting in a new seal (available from Moss Motors for $6.00, part number 520-260) and there are some small rust bubbles on the passengers door. They have not gotten larger in all the years I have owned this car (and I have a rust free straight door if needed). The convertible top was replaced not long after I bought it, but I recently found a small hole in the top, which I had repairedso I don't list it as a newer top anymore. But it is and the repair is hard to see (I have a pic in the photobucket)not to mention I am always driving it with the top down (I do not drive it in the rain or snow). I also am a bit of a perfectionist so the passenger fender bottom was repaired at one point and the profile is just not exactly factoryI have the factory patch panel for that area if the buyer needs. You can also see that the driver's qtr cove line does not line up exactly with the door (not an unusual thing). (the door itself lines up with the car just fine.maybe that is why in production they had three to four door sets laying around to fit the "best match" ha ha ha It was something that kind of bothered me when I first bought the carbut it just adds character, so it does not even bother me anymorebut I mention it for full disclosure for potential bidders. That is really the "bad" if you want to call those bad points.
The good is all the restincluding a rare period dealer sold Parrish Plastics top. Which had been restored at the time of the paint. The color matches the car and it has a black liner. The rear window is clear and fog free which is very rare. It appears to have had new seals/weatherstripping installed as well. This hardtop allows you to drive this in the fall to go enjoy the changing leaves and not freeze. I also never drove the car in snow..and the car was stored inside a heated garage for winter. And in the summers I had a dehumidifier to control any excess moisturejust my craziness I guess. Also, the doors shut solidly with no funny sounds or multiple tries to latch. And they open when the car is jacked up, so we know the frame is solid as well. Try that on some of the other cars for sale out there..
These cars are super simple to work on (you just need a spanner, screwdriver and basic socket set)and as I stated above this one really has not required much of anything over the years. Just change the oil, check the dashpot oil, grease the gazillion chassis zerts (just kidding) and check plugs and points once a year. (oh yeah and check the air pressure in the tyres ha ha ha)Other than that this car has been another great British roadster.if it were not for having a few too many cars, and a new recent acquisition.I would not be selling this one. It has been very good to me and very very reliable.
Theseold Healey's are not being remade and are only getting more and moreexpensive as the days tick by. I am starting to notice that even a project is costing north of $18,000 for a good one anymoreand with the need to invest another minimum of $40,000-50,000 to finishso unless you do all the work yourself, finished cars are really the better deal.
Hagerty shows an increase in values of$6,700 in a condition 3 BT7 since Jan of this year alone! Hagerty values a condition 3 BT7 at $36,200.00 currentlyand mine is a better than a basic "3".so buy one nowbefore they are unattainable!!
A summary of some of the work and features of the car:
1959 Austin Healey 3000 BT7 with overdrive
1. paint and body done
2. engine rebuilt by previous owner.and is tweaked for better performance
3. Dayton painted 72 spoke wheels and tires
4. rebuilt shocks with higher rate valving
5. electronic fuel pump
6. Denis Welch racing sway bar with rose joints
7. luggage rack (an original not a repop)
8. new battery switch
9. polished aluminum cockpit trim
10. polished windshield posts
11. vintage racing wood and aluminum steering wheel
12. new Stebro racing exhaust (rare! and sounds greathas that cool popping noise on decelleration like tghe new Jag F-Type)
13. new bumpers
14. vintage Lucas driving lights and lucas accessory switch
15. badge/light bar
16. three grille badges mounted on barone is genuine vintage "AA" badge
17. new brake drums and shoes
18. new rotors and pucks
19. new wheel cylinders
20. rubber Austin Healey floor mats
21. new heater controls
22. adjustable wheel
23. overdrive
24. solid state fuel pump
25. new bumpers at time of paint
26. new rear reflectors
27. tonneau cover and support bar
28. K&N air filters
29. new carpet
30. new knock offs
31. flip top aluminum hidden locking gas cap
32. Lucas wing (fender) mirrors
33. new weather stripping for doors, dash and trunk
34. Halogen sealed beam headlights
35. LED taillight for more brightness
36. restored original Parrish Plastics hardtop
37. aluminum/plex sidecurtains (will need restoring but all complete)
38. operator manual (original as in pics)
39. original dealer brochure (very hard to find, with pics in the same Primrose yellow!)
40. original magazine ad
41. huge file of receipts and information on the car from the previous owners and myself
42. retractable lap/shoulder harnesses
43. works front tow/tie down hooks
44. plex wind wings
Available to the winning bidder at extra cost (but I will make it a good buy as I wold rather it go to the new owner than sit in my garage until a friend needs parts)
1. new hard brake lines set (still in box)
2. new braided brake lines
3. original heater box (I have two, one with a dealer accessory radio "box" installed below and one original non radio version)
4. refinished heater blower fan
5. heater copper pipe
6. panel kit for interior (NIB)
7. 72 spoke Dayton wire wheel (NIB)
8. original rotors
9. original ribbed drums (rare and not being reproduced that I am aware of)
10. grille eyebrow
11. straight, rust free passenger door stripped and ready to prime and paint
12. original factory air filters
13. new side curtain seals
14. extra Lucas glass lenses
15. Crane electronic ignition
16. spare tire hold down bar and leather belt (New)
17. spare radiator hose
18. New engine gasket set
19. racing degree timing gear set, I think a Denis Welch item
20. new trunk floor
21. chrome gauge surround trim
22. Porsche factory collapsible hard top stand
I am sure there are more bits squirreled around the house and workshop.I can discuss with the winner.
I have a file of over 100 pictures to show the condition of the car here:
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.I want the buyer to know what a nice car they are buying..
Please ask for more pics if needed.ask questions that the pics and description do not answer.and I will do my utmost to answer them for you.
Paypal deposit of $750 is required within 24 hours of winning bid. And arrangement for funds to be transferred to my account within 7 days.
"0" feedback bidders need to contact me first or I will cancel the bid.
Pick up or shipping is the responsibility of the winning bidder. And the car and title are not released until funds have cleared. I will assist with what is reasonable and as I can with getting the car ready for transportbut buyer responsible for arranging transport, paperwork and any customs requirements.
Best of luck to you bidders.and I know the winning bidder will have a great car that is increasing in value!!!

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