Why the Austin-Healey 3000 MkIII is Collectable
Photography by Josh Clason for Petrolicious
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The Austin-Healey 3000 was the last of the 'big' Healeys, so-called to distinguish them from the later, more diminutive Sprites. It was equipped with a big 2.9L straight-6 that produced 150hp, not bad for a car that weighed under 2600lbs. It was preceded in the Healey line-up by the 100-6 that, despite the different name, was rather similar both in appearance and mechanical construction. However, that car and the the two Marks leading up to the III were more basic and less luxurious in comparison.
The Mk I had front disc brakes (drums out back), a laminated windshield, and was available as pure two-seater or as a 2+2. The Mk II was introduced after two years with much improved braking performance and improved acceleration (nearly one second quicker than the MkI to sixty mph). Some exterior touches were modified over the generations including the design of the grille and the shape of the windshield.