1961 Competition Austin Healey 3000

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RH Classics is delighted to present this fabulous BT7 Mk 1 with period and current competition history on behalf of one of our dearest and longest established friends from across the pond.

Shipped stateside from new and according to the current custodian, from 1962 onwards it was a regular entrant in Mid West and West Coast club racing throughout the 60’s.

Owned for the last 20 years by a well-respected racer & restorer, having been treated to a ground up rebuild and ongoing development resulting in an extremely well sorted Healey for fast road and competitive events. 

These include the Vintage Sports Car Drivers’ Association, SVRA, HMSA, MCSCC, VARA, CSRG and Sports Car Club of America events where the car is a regular and highly placed entrant. 

It has competed at Willow Springs, Laguna Seca, Sears Point, Aspen, Mountain View, Steamboat Springs, South Creek Raceway, Palm Springs, Monterey Pre-Historics and Road America Elkhart Lake among others, all documented in the Race log accompanying the car.

As a dry state Healey, it benefits from a highly original structure that’s never been repanelled.  The floors, inner and outer sills, rear wings, bulkhead, rear cowl, boot lid and bonnet are all intact and as delivered back in 1961. 

Finished in period-perfect Lobelia Blue with matching 6J Cobra wires and a rare and desirable works hard top, this is a very purposeful looking car that goes as well as it looks.

Continually developed over the last 20 years, the current mechanical specification is as follows:

  • 240 bhp at the flywheel
  • Block bored to +0.62 and fitted with forged JE pistons
  • Custom designed camshaft
  • Micro-polished and zero-balanced crank
  • Ported cylinder head with triple SU carbs
  • DWR ported inlet manifolds
  • Straight cut box with Sebring ratio’s
  • Quaife differential
  • Upgraded suspension with spherical bearings
  • High ratio steering box
  • 3 piston front brakes
  • Lightened and stiffened body, with front wings in alloy, plus much, much more!

Providing its next owner with a plethora of ways to enjoy it; either as a fast road car, a ready prepared entrant to historic Hillclimb and Sprint events such as Shelsley, Prescott or Curborough. 

Ready-made for European driving tours such as the Le Mans Classic or Circuit du Remparts Angouleme, or just burble down to your local village pub on a summers’ evening – for all of these, it’s pretty much perfect!

Alternatively, given it is already a well-developed competition car, it would provide an excellent basis for entry into the historic racing calendar and we would be delighted to undertake conversion to full FIA specification subject to just how far you’d like to go.

In the words of its current custodian, it’s a lovely car, well set up, well equipped and in top condition – we couldn’t have put it better ourselves. 

Superb value at £64,995 having gone through our workshops and UK registered.  The car is currently on its way to us, so if you’re seriously interested in acquiring this superb historied Healey, please get in touch.

With grateful thanks to Bill Nesius Photography for kindly allowing us to reproduce his wonderful action shots of the Healey.