With the advent of the 2912cc six in early 1959 Austin-Healey changed the designation of its "Big Healey" to 3000. Offered in both two-seat and 2+2 body configurations with front disc brakes, it was the beginning of a long and successful evolution that cemented Austin-Healey's reputation, particularly in the U.S., the model's intended market. In many respects, in fact, the Austin-Healey 3000 is the most American of all British sports cars, enjoying a spirited dash down a winding back road working the 4-speed gearbox and overdrive to get maximum performance but equally comfortable and satisfying idling around town or cruising America's growing Interstate highway network at blistering speeds. This 1960 BT7 with occasional rear seats (best suited for a few bags of groceries or a weekend getaway's luggage) is a shiny, pretty, attractive cosmetically restored and nicely maintained example that runs and drive well. Its two carburetor engine makes 124 brake horsepower delivered through chrome wire wheels with black wall tires. It is essentially as it would have been bought off a U.S. dealer's showroom, equipped only with an AM radio and a single outside rear view mirror. Finished in red with black upholstery and a black vinyl top, it is an honest, solid car with good paint and interior and a detailed engine bay. The chrome wire wheels and tires are new. Going down the road it runs and drives well and looks as good as a high point Concours winner. It is ready to be enjoyed proudly.
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