The original Austin Healey 3000 was introduced in 1959 and was manufactured through March 1961. This first model was known as the BN7 . The car featured a 2912cc six cylinder engine with twin SU carburetors and Girling brakes. This BN 7 is custom equipped with leather seats, chrome wire wheels, overdrive, laminated windscreen, heater and adjustable steering column. The model had a verified top speed of 115 mph and could accelerate from 0-60 in 11.7 seconds.
This BN 7 is a multiple show winner including a Gold Level Certificate at the BMC Canadian Concours d' Elegance. In addition, the car was selected as a parade car to drive Nico Rossberg and Ralf Schumacher around the course at the 2011 Canadian F1 Grand Prix, prior to the race.
This car has been through a well documented $30,000 plus total restoration. This includes all mechanical, interior and exterior components. The restoration is documented from bare metal paint preparation to finished vehicle with a series of photographs. Furthermore, this matching numbers car comes with a British Motor Industry Heritage Trust certificate and the original factory owner's manual.
The mechanical restoration and body work was carried out in 2005/2006 and the interior replacement and underhood cosmetics in 2009. It is believed that the car has been driven less than 3000 miles since the restoration.
On the road the car drives very well with a quiet engine and a positive light gear shift and clutch. Unlike most convertibles this car has minimal squeaks and rattles. The overdrive on third and fourth gears allows for comfortable cruising at highway speeds. Here is a car that is ready to go and should offer the new owner many miles of spirited driving.