1967 Austin Healey 3000
The brief, 20-year collaboration that was Austin-Healey created some of the world’s finest sports cars, including the 1967 Austin-Healey 3000. The brand came about when The Austin division of the British Motor Corporation joined up with the engineering firm Donald Healey Motor Company. The short-lived nameplate included four different models from 1952 to 1972: the 100, 100-6, 3000, and Sprite.
The 1967 Austin-Healey 3000 came at the end of this model’s reign from 1959 to 1967. Big changes occurred between the 100 and 100-6 models. Comparatively, the alterations from 100-6 to 3000 were minor. The 3000 came out in three series called the Mark I, Mark II, and Mark III. The 1967 Austin-Healey belonged to the latter series was a convertible.
The 1967 Austin-Healey 3000 sat on a 92-inch wheelbase and included the classic styling of the brand that had changed little since 1952. Over the years during which the 3000 was made, minor performance and equipment alterations included updated carburetors and camshafts, increased horsepower, and improved chassis and suspension. The tweaks made to the model mostly added modern updates that improved upon an already well-engineered and much-loved sports car.
The 1967 Austin-Healey 3000 Mark III was the fastest and most powerful of the 3000 nameplate. It could reach top speeds around 120 miles per hour, but was also comfortable and well-appointed. The 3000, as well as other Austin-Healey models played an important role in world racing events. The 1967 Austin-Healey 3000 competed in the Le Mans, the Sebring, Bathurst, and the Mount Panorama Circuit among other races. By the end of its model years, however, the 3000 began to look dated. The Austin-Healey brand was nearly at its conclusion and the adorable frog-eyed Sprite was to take over for the remainder.