Posts Tagged ‘Austin Healey’

Some people of a certain age remember steam engines. Living proof of an industrial revolution that helped change the world whilst making the most modest of train journeys a noisy, dirty but somehow enthralling, emotive experience. The job of a train driver was high on the wish-list of most adolescent young men smitten by the glamour of those powerful steam engines.

And then came the electric train. Clean, fast, efficient but with all due respect to train operators today, young boys stopped wanting to drive them.

The death of the steam-age and the arrival of electrification occurred a number of decades ago and yet the internal combustion engine, in some ways as primitive as the steam engine, has survived. Perhaps it is that childhood passion to control something mechanically powerful that even as adults we (as petrol-heads anyway) have an addiction that is hard to overcome.

And so times, however and inevitably, are changing (or rather evolving) again. Autonomous, electric cars are the future we are told and like it or not, just like the fans of those prodigious steam locomotives the baton will be reluctantly passed on to a new generation.

But, for the time-being at least, that looks like a dream for the future which means that today we can still experience the sheer joy of driving a car that was designed for pleasure and not just for purpose.

Despite being powered by relatively old technology, the new cars of today are frustrated by modern technology which means that they do a specific job for which they were built in the safest, most efficient manner that the (constantly evolving) law demands. Driver aids are de rigueur.

However, a car built in the analogue age will offer just about the purest mechanical connection to the dynamics of driving a car with four wheels and British sports cars of the 1950’s and 60’s provided the perfect ingredients for an evocative drive.

Enter the ‘Big Healey’ that we have on sale here. (more…)

We have been asked to find a buyer for a right hand drive 1967 Austin Healey Mk III which we are told is the last of the big Healeys to be registered in the UK. The registration date is 24th November 1967 and has had only three owners in total. We know the current owner personally.

The registration number is OAC 652F and the car is known by the Austin Healey Register. This Healey was featured prominently in Practical Classics magazine in 1988 – there is a copy of this feature in the history file.

The car is finished in Ice Blue metallic as per the original colour when it left the factory together with a navy blue interior and hood.

The car comes with an extensive history file and even has the original BMC ‘Passport’ service book showing the supplying dealer. The second owner of the car was a real enthusiast and has kept copious notes on work that was done on the car showing dates and mileages plus an abundance of previous MOT certificates. The provenance of the car in other words is exceptional.

The car was last MOT’d in May of this year and we are told that there are no mechanical issues that need attending to. We have driven the car ourselves and would say that for a car of that age it drives very well indeed and seems as though it would cope very well with long journeys.

Having covered 118000 miles this Healey has been used by its respective owners and not dry-stored as a museum piece. It shows the expected wrinkles acquired from 46 years of motoring and by no means could be described as anything approaching concours condition.

Having said that it would be an ideal project car for anybody that wanted to create a ‘best-in-class’ example and in the meantime it would only take a relatively small amount of investment to attend to items such as paintwork, wheels and interior to make it look very presentable.

We have taken quite a few detailed shots of the car which can be viewed by clicking the following link:-

http://www.flickr.com/photos/thecarspy/sets/72157637318223434/

If you think this rare Healey 3000 car may be of any interest or if you require any further detailed information please let us know and we’ll be happy to help.

Please note this car has now been sold!

For further details please give The Car Spy a call on ++44(0)1892 506970 or email sales@thecarspy.net.

1967 Austin Healey 3000 Mk III in Ice Blue

1967 Austin Healey 3000 Mk III in Ice Blue For Sale