Classically British Austin Healey 3000 Sports Car
The classically British Austin-Healey 3000 sports car was launched in 1959 by BMC (British Motor Corporation). During the car's 8-year production run, in which 42,926 cars were built, it evolved from an open sports car into a sports convertible. Production ceased in 1967 once BMC had been taken over by the British Leyland Motor Corporation.
The 3-litre 3000 proved to be exceptionally popular, especially in North America, which was the destination of 91.5% of cars built in 1963. It had a racing pedigree, competing at most major racing circuits around the world including Sebring (USA) and Le Mans (France) as part of the Donald Healy Motor Company.
The Mark 1 Austin-Healey 3000, launched in 1959, is otherwise known as the BN7 (two-seater) and BT7 (2+2) roadsters. The Mark II BN7 and BT7 roadsters were launched in May 1961, followed by the BJ7 in August 1962. The BJ7 was the first true convertible with a wrap-around windscreen, wind-up side windows and a quick-action folding roof.
In February 1964, the Mark III BJ8 sports convertible was launched with a 10% increase in engine power to 150 bhp. The SMITHS instrumentation was repositioned in a new dashboard, now mounted directly in front of the driver. SMITHS instrumentation featured throughout the life of the 3000 and variants, based on the original gauge designs, are supplied today by CAI.
The Austin-Healey 3000 has appeared on many films including Mad Men (April 2014) and the film, starring Steve Martin driving a MKIII, The Father of the Bride (1991) and The Father of the Bride II (1995). It has even featured in modern pop culture with the band Tears for Fears driving a British racing green Austin-Healey 3000 around Southern California in the video for their hit Everybody Wants to Rule the World.
The Austin-Healey 3000 remains popular with classic car enthusiasts today and is raced in classic car events including Le Mans Classic and Goodwood Revival.
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Posted by Paul Fears on
1 November 2017 at 12:00 AM
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