1959→1961 Austin-Healey 3000 MKI BN7

In an attempt to rebrand the Austin Healey, it was renamed the 3000 that represented the car’s 3-liter engine.

This model was replaced outright with the 3000 MKII which featured three SU HS4 carburetors.

In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
type Series Production Car
production years 1959 – 1961
built at Abington, England
engine Series C Straight-6
valvetrain OHV 2 Valves / Cyl
displacement 2912 cc / 177.7 in³
bore 83.31 mm / 3.28 in
stroke 88.9 mm / 3.5 in
compression 8.7:1
power 87.2 kw / 117 bhp @ 4700 rpm
specific output 40.18 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 106.17 bhp per tonne
torque 192.5 nm / 142 ft lbs @ 2400 rpm
body / frame Steel Body over Steel Frame
driven wheels Front Engine / RWD
front tires 5.9-10
rear tires 5.9-10
front brakes Discs
rear brakes Drums
curb weight 1102 kg / 2429 lbs
wheelbase 2337 mm / 92.0 in
front track 1328 mm / 52.3 in
rear track 1270 mm / 50.0 in
length 4001 mm / 157.5 in
width 1537 mm / 60.5 in
height 1270 mm / 50.0 in
transmission 4-Speed Manual w/Overdrive
gear ratios 2.93:1, 2.05:1, 1.31:1, 1.00:1
top speed ~185.1 kph / 115.0 mph
0 – 60 mph ~10.7 seconds
0 – 100 mph ~36.0 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile ~17.0 seconds

Auction Sales History

1959→1961 Austin-Healey 3000 MKI BN7

1960 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk I BN7 H-BN7-L/10830 – sold for $81,400 Photo-Documented Restoration by Healey Expert Completed in 2014. Documented with BMHT Certifcate. Refnished in Original Color Scheme. First in Class at the Healey Rendezvous 2014. Accompanied by Fitted Top, Side Curtains, and Manuals.
Auction Source: The 2015 Amelia Island Auction by Gooding & Company
1959→1961 Austin-Healey 3000 MKI BN7

1959 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk I BN7 H-BN7-L/1315 – sold for $88,000 Rare two-seat model. Matching numbers, in classic Healey Blue and Ivory duotone paint, as original. Frame-off restoration, with 500 miles since. British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate.
Auction Source: Amelia Island 2014 by RM Auctions
1959→1961 Austin-Healey 3000 MKI BN7

1960 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk I BN7 HBN7L894 – sold for $70,400 Recently Awarded Best in Class and Best Healey. 4,000 Miles Since 2011 Frame‐Off Restoration. Stunning Finish in Black with Chrome Wire Wheels. Rare Two‐Seater Roadster, One of 2,825 Built. Essentially Untouched in Storage for Almost 35 Years. Extremely rare 2-seat removable hardtop.
Auction Source: The 2013 Amelia Island Auction by Gooding & Company
1959→1961 Austin-Healey 3000 MKI BN7

1960 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk I BN7 Vintage Racing Car

Originally registered 57 FAC, this standard-production 1960 Austin-Healey 3000 BN7 has factory-ordered modifications by DMH under Geoff Healey with ‘Sebring’ performance upgrades and a state-of-the-art Ruddspeed triple-carburettor intake manifold, which is believed to be the only known such unit in existence. Among the numerous mechanical upgrades, a magneto replaced the standard distributor. Destined for Canada in early 1960, it was re-skinned with ultra-lightweight aluminium body panels including all wings and the doors, with door handles deleted. A special Perspex windscreen and a centrally located roll bar were also fitted.

Auction Source: 2011 Salon Privé Auction by RM