Donald Healey, in collaboration with the British Motor Company (BMC), introduced an exciting new sports car in 1952. Beautiful to behold and quite successful on race tracks,, the first Healey was known as the "100" and was powered by a 4-cylinder engine with a 3-speed manual transmission. In 1957, the model name changed to "100-6" and was powered by a larger 107 horsepower, 6-cylinder engine with a 4-speed manual transmission with an electric overdrive, effectively a 5th gear. In 1960, the "3000" was introduced, now powered by a larger 3-litre, 6-cylinder engine. giving the car a top speed of over 110 mph and enabling it to be drivien at 70 mph all day long with rpm's hovering at just around 3000. Through the early 1960's, the car became a bit more civilized, featuring roll-up windows and an easily lowered convertible top--as opposed to removable side curtains and a convertible top which had to be disassembled and stowed away. 1965 saw the arrival of the last iteration of the "Big Healey." the "3000-MK III."
Our car is one of the last series. We purchased it from its third owner, a true enthusiast living in Louisville, Kentucky. It had been kept through the years with all of its original documentation, including the 8-18-65 sale invoice to its original owner in Lincoln, Nebraska , IBM data card, BMC radio guarantee,delivery papers, service records, owner's and shop manuals and original showroom brochure That owner commissioned a top-quality repaint of the car in its original Ivory color scheme. The original black interior has been untouched, the polished walnut facia is beautiful and the entire interior remains in splendid condition. The former owner kept the car for fifteen years before selling the car to us, thoroughly vetting The Stable prior to allowing us to purchase the car. The car is accompanied by its British Heritage Trust Certificate showing the car to be born in Ivory with black interior, convertible top and boot and fitted with "knock-off" wire wheels, adjustable steering column rear luggage rack and AM radio. The car's Kentucky owner carefully replaced the original radio, replacing it with a more modern AM-FM unit and saving the original one with the car. He also installed very discreet driver and passenger map lights. This is an exceptionally well-documented, pristine and correct example of the last series of Austin Healey. It drives fabulously well, just as these cars did when new. It has covered just 52,270 miles in its 55 years of driving and is now being offered at SOLD!