Austin-Healey 3000 (1959-1967)
Every once in a while, a vehicle emerges that brings something completely new and unique to the table. The vehicle that we are going to take a look back at today didn’t really have a huge impact on the automotive industry as a whole, however its fantastic styling and great performance are still being talked about today. The Austin-Healey 3000 was first introduced in 1959. Although its production run didn’t last very long, as the car was discontinued in 1967, the 3000 was very well received by both critics and customers, which is part of the reason why it was so successful.
Design-wise the 3000 was quite interesting. Jensen Motor was responsible for the car’s styling, which looked incredible. Today, the 300 is known as one of the “big Healey” models, of which the brand produced a couple throughout the last century.
Upon launch, the 2-seat roadster came with a 2912 cc l6 engine capable of reaching a top speed of 115 mph (185 km/h). The vehicle wasn’t the fastest, however we have to take into consideration that it was they late 1950’s therefore cars weren’t as advanced as they are today.
Back in the day, speed wasn’t as big of an issue and although many manufactures did place a lot of focus on it, people were more concerned with the quality of vehicles rather than speed. That doesn’t mean manufacturer’s didn’t push the boundaries, as they most definitely did.
In 1961, the second generation of the 3000 was launched. It sported an upgraded desing and although it was a little slower, reaching a top speed of only 112.9 mph (181.7 km/h), the car offered a much smoother driving experience.
The third and final generation of the 3000 was introduced in 1963. Although numerous changes were made to the car’s desing, the vehicle remained true to its roots.
Overall, the vehicle experienced great success with sales of the third generation alone reaching 17,712.
Perhaps it wasn’t the best sports car ever made, however the vehicle looked fantastic and it offered a hassle-free and fun driving experience, which at the time wasn’t as widely available as it is now.
The Austin-Healey 3000 remains popular today, with thousands of enthusiasts around the world.
Are you a fan of the Austin-Healey? Would you purchase one if you had the money? Let us know your thoughts and come back soon for more fun articles about awesome cars.
- Published On : 2 years ago on March 22, 2016
- Author By : James
- Last Updated : March 22, 2016 @ 11:41 am
- In The Categories Of : History