Austin Healey’s Last Ever Bid At Auction For £90,000

The Austin Healey is fondly remembered as one of the iconic British sports cars of the 1950s and 1960s, and allegedly the last to be properly built.

It’s the last “big” Austin Healey—apart from the subtle Sprite models—to roll off the company’s production line in Abingdon, Oxfordshire before it closed in 1968. And next month may be yours.

They will be sold at the Hands-On Classic Car Auction and Restoration Gallery, are in high demand and are expected to fetch fees ranging from £70,000 to £90,000. But there are suggestions that may not be the last…

Final Austin Healey? There are reports that three more cars were built at the Abingdon plant near Oxford after this one, but classic car auctions assure us that it is the final model.

3000 is undoubtedly the most famous of the big Healeys.

This is the MK III version. Launched in 1964, it features a more powerful 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine with 150 horsepower.

And this version is unique – chassis number HBJ843025 was built on December 21, 1967, just months before the factory closed.

Originally registered to the Donald Healey Motor Company of Warwick in 1967, it’s had two owners since then—the latter has kept it since 1972—and has only driven 57,000 miles in half a century.

It has also been treated in a recent refurbishment process. Just last year, she had a full mechanical restoration and a nude metallic version in beige gold metallic.

It is definitely beautiful.

3000 is the most popular of the “big” Healeys models, which won’t include the two-seater Sprite

The Oxfordshire Car Factory stopped making cars in December 1957 - according to reports - and closed in March 1958

The Oxfordshire Car Factory stopped making cars in December 1957 – according to reports – and closed in March 1958

It has had three owners over 50 years, the first being Donald Healey Motor Company of Warwick

It has had three owners over 50 years, the first being Donald Healey Motor Company of Warwick

“This has got to be the most important, ‘road that goes’ Big Healey on the market today, and therefore represents a fantastic opportunity for classic car collectors,” said Richard Greenhalgh, classic car specialist at Auctions-hosting Classic Car Auctions.

The car has great sealing lines, deep gloss and lots of detailing. “

A 1967 Austin Healey 3000 covered only 57,000 miles and was recently fully restored with new metallic recycling machine in beige gold metallic

A 1967 Austin Healey 3000 covered only 57,000 miles and was recently fully restored with new metallic recycling machine in beige gold metallic

Classic car auctions expect to sell between £70,000 to £90,000 - if that's the case, it would be one of the most expensive Austin Healey road cars ever sold

Classic car auctions expect to sell between £70,000 to £90,000 – if that’s the case, it would be one of the most expensive Austin Healey road cars ever sold

There were only four Austin Hills - 100, 100-6, 3000 and Sprite

There were only four Austin Hills – 100, 100-6, 3000 and Sprite

It will go under the hammer on Sunday, April 2, at the NEC in Birmingham and will be sold with “a lot of history, a heritage certificate and documentation to confirm its status,” according to the CCA.

But questions have been raised about the car’s authenticity as the “ultimate Healey”.

This is because he claimed that three more cars were built after that.

This engine features a 3.0-liter inline-six engine that produces 150 horsepower

This engine features a 3.0-liter inline-six engine that produces 150 horsepower

It will be launched on Sunday, April 2, at the NEC in Birmingham

It will be launched on Sunday, April 2, at the NEC in Birmingham

CCA says this is the last Healey 3000 off the production line ‘non-negotiable’

CCA has admitted that it was aware of the three cars assembled after this car – two later in December 1967 and one made out of parts by apprentices in March 1968 just days before the production line came to a halt.

However, this is allegedly the last to be built with the full workforce, while the production line was running at full capacity.

“This car (43025) was registered to Donald Healey Motor Company and was, non-negotiable, the last Healey 3000 off the production line,” the auction house said.

So here’s the last set.

And if it matches what experts predicted it would sell, it would become one of the most expensive Austin Hills ever sold.

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