Donald Healey ran a small works company, producing only a small number of cars. Healey showed a car at the Earls Court motor show in 1952 called the 100. On seeing the general publics enthusiasm for the car, Austin thought fit to produce the car at Longbridge. This car later went on to be known as the Austin-Healey 100.
A more powerful version of the car was launched in 1959, the Austin-Healey 3000. Although Austin-Healeys were built in Great Britain, they were designed to appeal to Americans-in fact, Austin-Healey exported 89 percent of their cars to the United States. Among these automobiles, the 100 and 3000 Series or “Big Healeys” produced from 1953 through 1968 were the fastest and most glamorous.
The famous Austin Healey 3000 was produced from 1959-1968. This perticular model is fitted with a 2,912 c.c. engine, with two horizontal SU carburettors giving an impressive 124 HP @ 4,600 rpm. To complement this, the transmission is a manual 4-speed with O/D.
As you can see from the photo’s below, this two-tone “Big Healy” looks great. A frame on restoration was completed a few years back, both mechanically & aesthetically. The exterior is a two tone blue fitted with “knock-off” wire wheels and to complement a beautiful dark blue interior. This Big Healey has the butch character, makes all the right noises when pressed hard, and has the rugged dependability which sports car enthusiasts enjoy. This one is an excellent example of a true British Sports Car!