RetroMarques Ltd is pleased to offer for sale on behalf of the owner this rare 1961 Austin-Healey 3000 MkII ‘tri-carb’ ...


RetroMarques Ltd is pleased to offer for sale on behalf of the owner this rare 1961 Austin-Healey 3000 MkII ‘tri-carb’...

RetroMarques is pleased to offer a rare, triple carburettor Healey 3000 for sale. This MkII Healey is the last of the earlier-style Healeys in ‘roadster’ format with the ‘flat’ windscreen, no side-windows and ‘build your own hood’! The following model, the BJ7, became a true convertible with fully fitted hood and curved windscreen and wind-up side-windows. For many, whilst gaining some creature comforts, the later models lost the purity of the original Healey design.

This car was imported from the USA in 1991 having originally been exported to Gibraltar (ordered by a serviceman one assumes) before moving on to the USA. We were both surprised and pleased to see that ‘16329’ has extensive history from its time in the USA, most notably with a lovely, hand-written logbook detailing fuel, work carried out and so on and it was this noteworthy history which attracted it to the present owner some years ago.

It appears that there were only 2 owners before being imported and here in the UK has been with the 2nd owner since 1994. Part-restored by the owner before a ‘long pause’ following which we were asked to take the project on and complete the restoration to the customer’s requirements and budget. All rebuild invoices and a complete photo record will be with the Healey.

Production details (Heritage Certificate):

  • Chassis No: HBT7-L/16329
  • Engine No: 29E-RU-H/2768
  • Paint: Colorado Red
  • Trim: Red/black
  • Built: 17-20 November 1960
  • Despatched: 12 December 1961 to Gibraltar
  • Equipment: overdrive, wire wheels, MPH speedo, heater
  • Mileage: 89,436 (believed to be original)
  • MoT test: exempt (but can be provided on sale)

This Healey was recovered to us in Autumn 2017. Initial assessment concluded that there was merit in stripping panels and blasting, so as to start with a clean, corrosion-free chassis and bodywork panels. The owner agreed and we proceeded with a ‘bare-chassis’ rebuild.

Paint preparation was carried, then a full chassis and body paint in traditional 2-pack tot heoriginal factory Colorado Red code and finished with flatting and polishing. That complete, she moved into our rebuild facility for building back up. The engine was inspected and partially rebuilt, simply needing no more and the gearbox and overdrive overhauled. A new wiring loom was laid in and instruments, dash and ancillaries fitted. The cockpit was re-trimmed and brightwork fitted before starting, tuning and some shakedown running. A precautionary MoT test was carried out as an independent check of roadworthiness. All weather equipment is present – hood, side-screens and, unusually, an original factory hardtop (in original condition).

The MkII tri-carb is one of the rarest of all Big Healeys and we’re pleased to offer chassis no 16329 as a nicely restored example yet – as the owner wished - not over-restored and an unusable ‘trailer queen’ that cannot be used and enjoyed!

Note: the new door aperture seals and re-trimmed doorcards are holding the doors ever so slightly proud. The seals and vinyl will compress over time and the doors will pull in further.

Price: £57,500

  • Ownership:
  • Certificate of Title: 20 Dec 62 – Robert E Davis
  • Log: 1973, June 17 (Sep 53,559 mi) Robert E Davis
  • Log: Veh Reg Sticker Nov 76 (RE Davis)
  • Last entry Jul 85
  • 30 June 1989 ownership transfer to Jim Hollis
  • Jul 91 Graham Marshall – first UK owner
  • Jun 94 Nick Burroughs – present day

Please contact Mark Knight for further details or to arrange a viewing and test drive (by appointment only please as I am often off-site)

Tel: 07791 417256 or Mark@retromarques.co.uk