1960 Austin-Healey 3000 Competition

In preparation for the 1960 Sebring 12-Hours World Championship-qualifying race, the Donald Healey Motor Car Company’s experimental workshop at The Cape, Warwick, transported the 3000 competition coupe to the team’s Sebring base at Murphy’s Garage, Avon Park, Florida. The car offered here, UJB141, carried race number 19 and to aid in the identification from the pits, 141 was painted with a single white racing stripe. On March 26, 1960 John Colgate took the start at 10:00 a.m. in 141 and by 1:00 p.m., lay third in class trailing its sister car 143 and the winning Ferrari. Around 1:40 p.m., Colgate brought the car in to hand it over to Fred Spross, who within a few laps struck a buried tire marker with his right rear wheel, by going too far wide in the Esses and rolled the car sideways in soft sand. The outer panels were dented and slight damage was done to the inner body. All of the lamps were untouched. It marked 141’s end to its competitive run.
After the race, Hambros, the BMC distributor for North America purchased the car and then sold it to Dave Martin, who raced it at the Watkins Glen circuit. It ran in many of the Sports Car Club of America meetings until the mid-1960s. UJB141 was entered into a period of restoration by its new owner to the original specifications as prepared to race at Sebring. This restoration was done with the active and significant help of Geoffrey Healey. The Healey Automobile Consultants, a firm owned by the late Donald Healey and the late Geoffrey Healey, have issued a special certificate of authenticity that will come with the car.
The car runs well and the current owner has never had to disassemble the engine nor repair it in any way. It has been featured in North America Austin-Healey Club events during his ownership, often being driven to distant meetings. All competition Austin-Healey 3000s are highly sought after. Original early works team cars like this one warrant special interest and inspection.

Gary Anderson

Gary Anderson - SCM Contributor

Gary is also Editor in Chief of The Star, the magazine for the Mercedes-Benz Club of America. He has been active for many years in the Austin-Healey Club USA and is co-author of MBI’s best-selling Austin-Healey Restoration Guide, as well as editor of the Austin-Healey Magazine. An avid vintage race driver, he ran his 1960 MGA in three Monterey Historics, four Wine Country Classics, and the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix. He is the author of Motoring: Getting the Maximum from Your New Mini, a comprehensive guide to the new MINI Cooper, available through Amazon.com.

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