A 1963 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk II works rally replica is the first of two interesting examples of the marque which will be offered at Dorset Vintage and Classic Auctions’ summer sale on Thursday June 20.
Equipped with a Denis Welsh six-cylinder engine and triple Weber carburettors, the fiery 3000 Mk II has competed in a number of historic events, both in the UK and abroad, including the Targa Rusticana, the Targa Floria and the Belgium Rally.
The current custodian, formerly the publisher of Classic and Sports Car, purchased the Austin-Healey in 1990 and has used it only lightly during the 23 years of ownership. With an auction estimate of £45,000 to £50,000, this presents a rare opportunity to purchase an iconic classic.
Complementing the 3000, the 1955 Austin-Healey 100/4 BN1 consigned to the auction has been in its current family ownership since 1980. The car has been well cared for, with all essential maintenance regularly carried out. The complete sill panel assemblies (together with other panels) were replaced in 2000; in 2003, the double-duck hood was renewed and the interior was refurbished in 2005.
Many argue that the first ‘Big’ Healey is the best of the bunch and with 100/4 prices increasing steadily, this example is a sound investment. It carries an auction estimate of £25,000 to £28,000.
DVCA’s summer sale will be held at the Gartell Light Railway, Yenston, near Templecombe in Somerset. For further information on all entries, visit http://www.dvca.co.uk or phone Brian Chant on 01963 363353.