The Austin Healey 3000 was the replacement car for the Austin
Healey 100/6. The Austin Healey 3000 was a superior car to its
predecessor, equipped with many improved features and updated
parts. During its production lifetime the Austin Healey 3000
went through three different versions, the MK I, MK II and MK
The Austin Healey 3000 MK I (1959 - 1961) was fitted with a
3.0 litre inline six cylinder
engine developing 124 horsepower. The engine was equipped with
twin SU carburetors.
And the car featured disc brakes at the front.
The Austin Healey 3000 MK II (1961 - 1963) introduced several
improvements and design changes. The engine was enhanced by
the fitment of triple SU carburettors which bumped the power
up to 132 horsepower. In 1962 the BT7 2+2 version was introduced.
This seating layout became the only option from 1962 onwards.
The Austin Healey 3000 MK IIa introduced wind-up windows, a
curved windscreen, and a convertible hood.
The Austin Healey 3000 MK III (1963 - 1967) was the final version
of the 3000 model. The performance was improved due to engine
modifications. Peak power was raised to 148 horsepower, giving
the 3000 MK III a top speed of 120 mph. The brakes were also
enhanced with the fitment of a servo.
In 1967, due to new safety regulations in the cars biggest market
- America, the Austin Healey 3000 was discontinued. It's replacement,
the MGC, was nowhere near as popular as the Austin Healey 3000.
During its lifetime the Austin Healey 3000 proved to be a capable
racing car. And it competed successfully in rally and road races
around the world.
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