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Austin-healey 3000 Mk Ii - 1962-1963
Leave it to a fighter pilot to design a stunt plane for the road. In 1952, triumph and mg had already demonstrated their abilities to employ exotic designs to capture buyers in the american market. Enter donald healey, successful racing driver, former wwi raf pilot and employee of the sopwith aviation company, who approached the austin company with the notion of selling cars to the yanks.
performance: 0-60 in 10.4 seconds top speed of 117 mph
engine typedrivetrain: Overhead-valve, 6-cylinder
displacement 2,912 cc power rating 131 hp transmission 4-speedoverdrive
chassis: Separate ladder-type; Cam-and-lever steering; Front independent coils springsrear semi-elliptical springs suspension; Front disc and rear drum brakes; 2,376 lbs.
price: S3,828 in 1964
a pattern of incessant evolution characterized the austin-healey design policy. In 1956, the earlier four-cylinder model gave way to the six-cylinder austin a 90. By 1959, a six-cylinder, 2.9-liter engine capable of achieving 124 hp was introduced, and the more powerful healey was rechristened the 3000.
the last waltz
the 3000 was distinguished by the dashing mk ii and the ultimate version, the mk iii, which was introduced in 1963 to the roar of an in-line, three-liter six that could punch that car up to 117 mph if the driver was so inclined. Six years later, however, the austin-healey 3000 showed its age. The u.s. Traffic safety act took the mark
iii off the american road and signed the 3000s death certificate
Fast and powerful, the 1963 austin-healey mk iia joined familiar aspects of the classic english roadster with the oomph of a six-cylinder, three-liter engine.
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