1961→1962 Austin-Healey 3000 MKII BT7
In May of 1961 BMC upgraded their flagship model with three SU HS4 carburetors, modified valve springs and a new camshaft. Called the MKII, it was an alternative to the Triumph TR3A or Jaguar E-Type.
The MKII was initially offered as an occasional 4-seat roadster called the BT7 or the 2-seat variant from known as the BN7. Both versions used flat front windscreens and detachable side curtains in the style of a roadster. The rear panel of the BT7 was cut out much deeper towards the trunk to make room of the small jumper seats in the rear. As a result, almost all the road race and rally cars were built on the BN7 platform.
Later cars came equipped with a center-located top-loader transmission and a fiberglass transmission tunnel. Of these the BN7, top-loader is an especially rare and desirable combination.
Like the earlier 3000s, the MKII featured BMC’s C-Series six-cylinder engine with a 4-speed + overdrive gearbox. It used a separate ladder-type frame and a steel body.
Production of the MKII BN7 was very limited to only 355 cars. The BT7 4-seat roadster vastly outsold it at 5,096 units. A BT7 with hardtop and overdrive cost ��1362 including the hefty British taxes.
MKII configuration changed significantly in 1962 with the introduction of the BJ7 Sports Convertible. It replaced both models with a fully-collapsible soft top, wind-up windows and a curved front window. This modernized the car substantially and the BJ7 is more desirable as a touring car.
Options on the MKII included 15×4 chromed wire wheels, a brake servo system and a tonneau cover that could be opened for just the driver.
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|submitted by||Richard Owen|
|type||Series Production Car|
|production years||1961 – 1962|
|built at||Abington, England|
|price $||$ 3,699|
|ignition||Lucas E1 Distributor|
|block material||Cast Iron|
|valvetrain||Pushrod OHV, 2 Valves per Cyl|
|fuel feed||Tripple SU HS4 Carburetors|
|displacement||2912 cc / 177.7 in³|
|bore||83.3 mm / 3.28 in|
|stroke||88.9 mm / 3.5 in|
|power||98.4 kw / 132 bhp @ 4750 rpm|
|specific output||45.33 bhp per litre|
|bhp/weight||122.45 bhp per tonne|
|torque||226.42 nm / 167.0 ft lbs @ 3000 rpm|
|body / frame||Steel Body w/Aluminum Panels over Steel Ladder-Type Frame|
|driven wheels||Front Engine / RWD|
|front brakes||Girling Discs|
|r brake size||57.1 x 279.4 mm / 2.25 x 11 in|
|front wheels||F 38.1 x -1.0 cm / 15 x -1.0 in|
|steering||Cam & Peg|
|f suspension||Double Wishbones w/Coil Springs, Shock Absorber, Stabilzer Bar|
|r suspension||Solid Axle w/Semi-Elliptic Leaf Springs, Hydrualic Shock Absorbers|
|curb weight||1078 kg / 2375 lbs|
|wheelbase||2340 mm / 92.1 in|
|front track||1240 mm / 48.8 in|
|rear track||1270 mm / 50.0 in|
|length||4000 mm / 157.5 in|
|width||1540 mm / 60.6 in|
|height||1240 mm / 48.8 in|
|tran clutch||Single Dry Plate|
|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||~11.0 seconds|
|0 – 100 mph||~36.0 seconds|
|0 – 1/4 mile||~17.0 seconds|
|combined fuel econ eu||12 L/100 km or 19.60 mpg-us|
Auction Sales History
The car offered here is a benchmark example of its breed. Attractively finished in the warm hue of Old English White paint, with a contrasting red fabric interior piped in white, it is understood to have been the recipient of a thorough restoration in the late 2000s.
Auction Source: The Amelia Island Auction 2015 by Bonhams
Auction Source: 2015 Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
Auction Source: 2012 Daytime Auction by Mecum
The car on offer today is a recent restoration of a sound car, with only 4,640 miles covered since the work was completed. It is finished in dynamic black over red coves, with a new red leather interior. One of 6,113 Mk IIs built between 1962-64, it has chrome wire wheels and a four-speed and overdrive gearbox. The panel fit is excellent, the interior is tidy, and everything under the hood is rebuilt. The chrome and brightwork are excellent as well. Big Healeys are consistently desirable among British sports car enthusiasts. They are fast enough for modern traffic and big enough for U.S. distances, with timeless styling to boot.
Auction Source: Amelia Island 2012 by RM Auctions
Auction Source: The Paris Sale 2012 by Bonhams