"1962 Austin Healey 3000"

The Austin Healey 3000 was the last of the legendary series of sports cars known as "The Big Healeys". The series started in 1953 as the 100-4, which used a 4 cylinder 2660 cc. engine that produced 90 bhp. A 6 cylinder engine displacing 2639 cc. and 102 bhp. was introduced into the 100-6 in 1956 to satisfy increased competition. The partnership that resulted in the name "Austin Healey" was comprised of Donald Mitchell Healey who designed the cars and Austin, the manufacturer.

The car you see here is a 1962 3000 Mk II, which followed the 100-4 and 100-6. The 3000 debuted in 1959 and featured a new 6 cylinder 2912 cc. engine rated at 124 bhp. The 3000 benefited from improved handling and front disc brakes.


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Three SU HS4 1 1/2 inch carburetors came with the 1962 Austin Healey 3000, boosting engine power to 132 bhp. They proved difficult to keep synchronized however and were replaced by two SU HD6 1 3/4 inch carburetors after only 10 months. Output however was almost identical at 131 bhp. Zero to Sixty acceleration was typically 10.5 seconds.

'62 Austin Healey restoration Read John Seamans' story about how he restored this superb 1962 Austin Healey. Clearly a labor of love with a very happy ending.

Another Austin Healey restoration: stormpages.com/healey/

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