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Big Rusty: 1961 Austin Healey 3000

1961 Austin Healey 3000

This 1961 Austin Healey 3000 is obviously a project car with it’s extensive rust and missing parts. It is a claimed barn find located in Englewood California and is listed on eBay with current bidding at $6,300 reserve unmet. The question is, are these cars that great to justify bringing this one back to life?

1961 Austin Healey 3000 Engine

These 3000’s received a 2.9 litre engine which gave them a little more power than the previous 100-6. This power plant was good for a top speed of around 112mph and a 0-60 time of 11.5 seconds. Not blistering by todays standards, but impressive when released.

1961 Austin Healey 3000 Frame

Take a look at that rust! The seller claims that the car is rusty, but that the frame is not bad. We would want to inspect this one before bidding to see just how solid the frame really is. Notice how the frame rails ran under the axle on these.

1961 Austin Healey 3000 Interior

This car is in terrible condition, but one thing to keep in mind is that this is the more desirable two seat model. This is a ’61 so it is actually a Mk II. Check out the passenger side floor. If it would even be possible to restore this car, it would take some major reconstructive surgery. Even if the entry fee is low for  this car it may take much more than it will ever be worth to get it back on the road.

1961 Austin Healey 3000 Grill

This shot almost redeems this car a little for us, but we still prefer the original Austin Healey 100 with its lighter 4 cylinder and fold down windscreen. Is there anything that makes this 3000 project special enough for you to take on?


  1. Larry C

    I grew up with my dad owning a 67, one of the last 500 made, love these cars!!

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  3. Wheezer

    This one isn't for the faint of heart, but then again, neither was the $24K+ E-Type field car that sold on eBay earlier in the week. a A title and a data plate go a long way these days!

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  4. wes

    When these cars run… They are so cool sounding

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  5. Greg

    That thing is begging for some sheetmetal work, leave the finish as is (read patina) and stuff an LS7 in it… a drivetrain… and let it rip…

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  6. Alan

    I had a 61, this one too much work for me. Don’t we all want all our old rides back again? Might have to look for a B or TR to stay in the market for an affordable Brit.

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