Ex-Donald Healey 1961 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk II

Graham Robson remembers the car in BMC’s U.K. press fleet, but there’s no mention of Donald Healey having a Mk II as “a personal car”

Introduced in 1961, the Mk II version of Austin-Healey’s highly successful 3000 model was visually distinguished by its vertical radiator grille bars and revised front air intake.

Sharing the same basic chassis design as its predecessor-independent front suspension, live rear axle, and disc/drum brakes-it enjoyed superior performance thanks to the adoption of triple SU carburetors. Available in two-seater (BN7) or 2+2 (BT7) guises, it was fitted with wire wheels and adjustable front seats as standard, while options included overdrive for its 4-speed manual gearbox and a detachable hard top roof.

This is a very well-known and special car, originally the Austin Motor Company Home Sales demonstrator, known as “Blue DON.” Registered on June 22, 1961, it was the personal transport of Donald Healey until 1963, before being sold to a privateer for rallying some four years later.

In 1980, it was acquired by Healey guru Allan Cameron and modified for race use. It was one of the first cars to race in the Healey Drivers International Series during the early 1990s, taking in Silverstone, Dijon, and Nürburgring. It was returned to road use in 1994, with a total repaint and refit in 1996. The fourth and current owner acquired it in 2004 and has used it for touring, including three trips to Le Mans. “Selling, as kids have outgrown the rear seats!” he says.

It retains its Special Demonstrator equipment: Halda Speedpilot and Restall reclining seats, DMH Co. wood-rim steering wheel, and Works development triple HS6 carburetors. It is currently equipped with bumper overriders and side sports exhaust, and has reputedly still covered less than 68,000 miles.

As well as V5C and current MoT, “700 DON” comes with Halda Speedpilot instruction manual, FIA papers, and HSCC Vehicle Identity Form, plus a significant history file that includes a Heritage Certificate, original log book, tax discs, and several concours certificates and rosettes.

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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