1959 Austin-Healey 3000 MkI Jamaican Competition Car
1959 Austin-Healey 3000 MkI Jamaican Historic Competition Car
COACHWORK BY FIBERFAB
REGISTRATION NO. 236 YUW
CHASSIS NO. HBT7L6121
To be offered at Bonhams 29th March Goodwood Members' Meeting Sale
Estimate: £45,000 - £55,000
*Rare American-bodied Austin-Healey variant
*Restored to racing specification in 2016
*Raced with success in HRDC events
*Spare bodyshell included
Originally a left-hand drive model delivered new to the USA, this Austin-Healey 3000 MkI received its Fibrefab Jamaican body in the late 1960s. Based in California, Fiberfab produced a variety of glassfibre bodies for home-build sports cars throughout the 1960s, and the Jamaican, loosely styled on the Lamborghini Miura, is arguably one of the most attractive.
The vendor purchased this car from its first UK owner four years ago in need of restoration, and, being a keen racer, decided to restore it as an historic competition car. This complete restoration started off with shot-blasting the Healey chassis, which had new metal let in where required and was then powder coated.
The mechanicals were all rebuilt or replaced to racing specification, most items being supplied by renowned marque specialists Denis Welch Motorsport: suspension, brakes, engine components, collapsible steering column, anti-tramp bars, etc. The wheels, hub ends, brake discs and drums were all new, while the callipers were renewed recently.
Built by Richard Parker, the engine was freshened up this season at great expense with a steel crankshaft and new con-rods, since when it has run for 4½ hours; it now produces 285bhp on a bench dynamometer and revs to 7,000rpm. The gearbox, complete with competition overdrive, was rebuilt by Adrian Wynn and has done seven hours. The radiator and fuel tank are aluminium, and we are advised that the latter is big enough for a 45-minute race. The aluminium bucket seats are trimmed in leather, as is the Healey dashboard, while the fire extinguisher is up to date.
No expense has been spared running this car and keeping it competitive. It is accepted for racing by several clubs and meets current HRDC regulations, and the vendor has raced with them for four years with success, including a few outright wins. The Healey's best lap at Donington is 1.26.4, and at the Silverstone National is 1.11.5, so it goes well and can compete against front runners.
Currently running 6.00x15 Dunlop L-section tyres, the car will be sold with a spare bodyshell. Offered at a fraction of its build costs, this rare Austin-Healey variant comes with restoration bills and a current V5C document, and is ready to race.
Please contact the Bonhams Motor Car Department on 020 7468 5806.