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Austin-Healey 3000: The Mark I, Mark II & Mark III Models

Austin-Healey 3000 is a sports car built between 1959 and 1967, and is popular for the “big” Healey models. introduced in 1959 to replace the Austin-Healey 100-6, there were only small differences between them. No changes or improvements were made to its body and wheelbases, and two models, a two seater and a 2+2, remained.

Austin-Healey 3000’s bodywork was made in Britain by Jensen Motors while BMC Abingdon works assembled the vehicles. The 3000 was a hugely successful car that won its class in numerous European rallies, and enthusiasts still used it in competitions today.

Austin-Healey 3000 Mark I

The first Austin-Healey 3000 had a 2912 cc l6 engine, with girling front disc brakes and twin SU carburettors. Before the release of Mark II, the sports car was only referred to as the 3000 but consequently became known as Mark I. Several components were available as options including overdrive gearbox, heater, wire wheels and a detachable hard top.

This Austin-Healey 3000 model was built between March 1959 and March 1961, and has the two model destination BN7 Mark I (2-seater) and BT7 Mark I (4-seat version). By 1961, a total of 13,659 Austin-Healey 3000 Mark I had been made. A BT7 3000 that was tested by The Motor Magazine in 1960 was found to have a top speed of 185kmh/h.

Austin-Healey 3000 Mark II

Austin-Healey 3000 Mark II was introduced in March 1961 and had 3 SU HS4 carburettors and slightly improved camshaft. Its model designations were BN7 Mark II (2-seat version) and BT7 Mark II (4-seat version). In January 1962, BMC released the BJ7 (2+2 seats) model and consequently reduced the number of carburettors to two─ SU type HS6─ because of problems that were experienced when trying to balance three carburettors.

Following the introduction of Mark II BJ7, the BN7 Mark II and BT7 Mark II were discontinued in March 1962 and June 1962 respectively. The significant changes made to the BJ7 were a new barred front grille, an improved hood, a wrap-around windscreen and wind-up windows. Its optional components were much similar to those of the previous models of Austin-Healey 3000 Mark II. A brake servo was made available as an optional extra from August 1961.

Austin-Healey 3000

In 1961, The Motor Magazine tested an Austin-Healey 3000 Mark II BT7 and found that it had a top speed of 181.7 km/h. BMC made a total of 11,564 Mark II. The BJ7 was replaced in october 1963 by 3000 Mark III.

Austin-Healey 3000 Mark III

The Mark III was released in october 1963, and its production continued until 1967 when the whole production of Austin-Healeys was discontinued (one more car was made in March 1968). Marketed as the BJ8, the new model was more powerful and luxurious than all the other Austin-Healey 3000 models, with a 150 hp engine, wind-up windows and a walnut-veneer dash.

Several upgrades were made to the engine including a new camshaft, twin SU 2″ HD8 carburettors, and an improved exhaust system. It also came with servo-assisted brakes which were now fitted as standard. Extras were similar to those that came with Austin-Healey 3000 Mark II, with the significant change being the use of Ambla vinyl as the standard interior trim. The Phase II version of Mark III was launched in May 1964 which had an improved rear chassis and separate indicators. By 1967, a total of 17,712 Austin-Healey 3000 Mark III had been built.

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