1962 Austin Healey 3000 MKII BN7 Tri-Carb 2 Seater

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Our 1962 Austin Healey  3000 MKII BN7 Tri-Carb 2 Seater is truly a rare find, and is arguably the purest and most beautiful Austin Healey model.

Only 355 BN7 2-seaters were built by Austin Healey, of which only approximately 220 are thought to still exist. To make the car even more valuable and rare, this Austin Healey is equipped with the highly coveted center shift 4-speed overdrive gearbox. Only 125 BN7 2-seaters were equipped with this gearbox, with most BN7 models being equipped with the earlier side-shift gearbox.  Roughly,only  68 are thought to have been produced in LHD configuration

It was professionally restored with everything replaced. The gearbox and overdrive were completely rebuilt, and the engine was rebuilt to operate on modern unleaded fuel. This car features an extremely rare 2 seater removable hardtop, and has the original headliner and rear window, all of which are in superb condition. Includes convertible top, side curtains and tonneau cover.

It was manufactured at the end of March 1962, making it one of the final true two seater Healeys built. Production of the BN7 ceased in April 1962

Since restoration, the car has been driven only 5 miles , we will drive it for another handful of miles to test all systems.

The Heritage Certificate (see photos) is included with the purchase of the car.

Vehicle specifications:

  • Trans: four speed with overdrive on third and fourth gears
  • Exterior: Old English White & Colorado Red
  • Interior: Red leather with cream piping, Wilton wool carpets.
  • Condition: Excellent, Fully restored , body off, frame off, every part , tested, checked,  restored, refinished, rebuilt, or replaced

1961 to 1962 Austin Healey 3000 MKIII BN7 History:

“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  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 truck 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.  Only 125 of the center shift BN7 were produced

The BT7 4-seat roadster vastly more common  at 5,096 units.

MKII configuration changed significantly in late 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.

 

Factory information:

typeSeries Production Car
production years1961 – 1962
built atAbington, England
price $$ 3,699
engineStraight-6
positionFront, Longitunal
aspirationNatural
ignitionLucas E1 Distributor
block materialCast Iron
valvetrainPushrod OHV, 2 Valves per Cyl
fuel feedTripple SU HS4 Carburetors
displacement2912 cc / 177.7 in³
bore83.3 mm / 3.28 in
stroke88.9 mm / 3.5 in
compression9.03:1
power98.4 kw / 132 bhp @ 4750 rpm
specific output45.33 bhp per litre
bhp/weight122.45 bhp per tonne
torque226.42 nm / 167.0 ft lbs @ 3000 rpm
body / frameSteel Body w/Aluminum Panels over Steel Ladder-Type Frame
driven wheelsFront Engine / RWD
front tires5.9×15
rear tires5.9×15
front brakesGirling Discs
rear brakesDrums
r brake size57.1 x 279.4 mm / 2.25 x 11 in
front wheelsF 38.1 x -1.0 cm / 15 x -1.0 in
steeringCam & Peg
f suspensionDouble Wishbones w/Coil Springs, Shock Absorber, Stabilzer Bar
r suspensionSolid Axle w/Semi-Elliptic Leaf Springs, Hydrualic Shock Absorbers
curb weight1078 kg / 2375 lbs
wheelbase2340 mm / 92.1 in
front track1240 mm / 48.8 in
rear track1270 mm / 50.0 in
length4000 mm / 157.5 in
width1540 mm / 60.6 in
height1240 mm / 48.8 in
transmission4-Speed Manual
tran clutchSingle Dry Plate
gear ratios2.93:1, 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 eu12 L/100 km or 19.60 mpg-us

(Source: Supercars.net)