Austin-Healey 3000 MK III
Vehicle Make/Model Specifications:
Make: Austin-Healey
Model: 3000 MK III
Austin-Healey 3000 MK III

Back in 1959, the Austin Healey 3000 was introduced to the world. It was a sports car and the best known of the 'big' Healey models. Production continued until 1967, at which point it was dropped from the manufacturing line. The 3000 earned much success in the rally car circuit, and in fact, is still used today by some racers. It won many European rallies in its heyday – which is not forgotten by enthusiasts. Interestingly, the car was originally to be called the "Mille Miglia" after the famous sports car race, but somehow the "3000" name stuck instead. Not that it really matters considering both the 3000 and the 100 before it were known simply as "the Austin-Healey" in the 1950s, since the company was essentially a single-vehicle marquee. The original Austin Healey 3000 was 2912cc (nearly 3 liters), with twin SU carburetors and front disc brakes. After the Mark II was released, it was better known as the Mark I, a name that it had not picked up until that time. The original 3000 stayed in production from 1959 to 1961 during which time two model designation were launched: the BT7, a four seat version and BN7, a two seat version. The year 1963 marks the launch of the 3000 Mk III which remained in production until 1967. The Austin Healey 3000's have a long and highly regarded competition history – having raced at most major racing circuits around the world, including Sebring (USA), Le Mans (France), and Mount Panorama Circuit, Bathurst (Australia). Any versed racing enthusiasts will recognize the Austin Healy 3000 as a powerhouse car with tight racing ability. It is too bad that a road version was not available in place of this racing specimen. Perhaps a commemorative model will be offered at some point in the future.

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