(HBN7-L/1315) The Big Healey market has likely seen the greatest fluctuation among British sports cars over the past decade and only a few years ago this well-restored and very attractive two-seat 1959 Austin-Healey 3000 BN7 would easily have sold past the $100,000 threshold. Alas, those days have past and this is as market correct a result as you could find on an incredibly attractive 3000.
Subject to a correct and very well executed frame-off restoration, this car was finished in its original Healey Blue and Old English White color scheme and the engine bay and interior were well finished and presented. The BN7 was rare in its day with only 2,825 built out of a MKI sales total of 13,650. They are more attractive – albeit slightly less functional – than their BT7 brethren, although most buyers still feel compelled to seek out the extra weight and roll-up windows of the later BJ series cars.
With only 500 miles covered since the restoration, it looks as close to new – and likely is in far better shape than when sold – as any buyer would expect in the present market. With a raft of NOS parts used in the restoration, its likely that the restoration costs exceed the sales price realized here and this car has to be considered well bought at $88,000 from RM Auctions at Amelia Island.
Images courtesy of RM Auctions