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Austin Healey 3000

Austin Healey 3000

The Donald Healey Motor Company debuted its stunning little sportscar, the 100, at the 1952 Earls Court Motor Show. Using the four-cylinder 159ci (2.6-liter) Austin Atlantic engine, the roadster was competition to Triumph's TR2. Four years later the 100 turned into the 100-Six using Austin's six-cylinder 159ci (2.6-liter) engine. The Austin Healey 3000 MkI came in 1959 with an output of 124bhp (92.5kW). While looking like a sports roadster, Pat Moss proved what a worthy rally car the Healey was too by winning the Liege-Rome-Liege Rally. A re-styled MkII followed for 1961 with a curved screen, wind-up side windows and vertical grille slats. The final MkIII version (1964-1969) was the best, with 150bhp (112kW) and servo brakes. All the Healeys used a ladder-frame cross-braced chassis with wishbone and hard leaf spring suspension. They were a handful, with understeer which could very quickly switch to oversteer.

Austin Healey 3000 Specifications

Top speed:121 mph (193 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):10.1 sec
Engine type:In-line six
Displacement:178 ci (2,912 cc)
Transmission:4-speed manual with overdrive
Max power:148 bhp (110 kW) @ 5,250 rpm
Max torque:165 lb ft (223 Nm) @ 3,500 rpm
Weight:2,549 lb (1,159 kg)
Economy:16.8 mpg (6 km/I)

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