The last Austin Healey 3000 Mk 3 completed by the factory was restored by us and we were delighted when it achieved the highest price ever paid for the marque.
The early Austin Healey’s are fantastic vehicles and their story begins in 1952 with the Austin Healey 100 and Austin Healey 100M. But it’s the so called ‘Big Healeys’ that command much of the attention, the Austin Healey 3000 was born in 1959 as the Mk1 with the Mk 2 arriving in 1961. Both of these cars had better gearboxes and disc brakes to the front wheels. Today these cars command big money so it’s worth remembering the Mk 1 Austin Healey Sprite, the so called ‘Frogeye’ Sprite with the fabulous clam bonnet and bulbous headlights as an alternative. The Austin Healey Sprite Mk2, 3 and 4 are also worth considering – these are in effect a rebadged MG Midget but offer cheap and fun classic car driving.
The Austin Healey Mk 3 arrived in 1964 and offers the most powerful Austin Healey experience with 148 bhp and a top speed of 121 mph – these are fantastic fun to own and like all of the Healeys are straightforward to restore. Rust is of course the biggest issue with all of these cars, rot can set in fast on cars that have been stored poorly. These cars have been collected for many years and many will have had previous repairs. When buying one take a magnet along to the viewing and thoroughly check for filler repairs that could be hiding very serious damage.