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This is an exceptional value RHD Austin Healey 3000 MKI 2+2 finished in the highly desirable colour combination of Ice Blue over Cream with chrome wire wheels and Blue leather trim. The Big Healey comes with a superb, detailed history file where we can trace all its ownership history. WVS 914 arrived in the UK 31 years ago back in 1989 having started life in the USA. According to documents in the history file, the Healey was first owned by a Lieutenant Colonel stationed at Tinker Air Force base before being sold by Bolen Motors, an Oldsmobile dealership in Oklahoma City in around 1969. The second owner sold the Healey in 1979 after ten years of ownership and the next owner changed the colour from Blue to British Racing Green and had some mechanical renovation carried out. It was owned and enjoyed for several years before being sold to a collector in Dallas, Texas.
The Austin Healey arrived into the UK in 1989 and was subject of various restoration work and a RHD conversion on its arrival. Invoices are on file for various work during the early 1990's and by 1993 having had almost four years of restoration work, the Healey was on the road and UK registered. The car stayed with its first UK owner for 14 years, selling to the most recent owner in Bolton, Lancashire 17 years ago in 2003. Whilst it was a strong, usable example, its new owner immediately commissioned a program of work to take the Healey to a superb standard. A huge file of invoices accompanies the car detailing thousands of pounds worth of expenditure. The Healey was stripped down, wings, doors, bonnet and boot panels removed and treated to bodywork and a full re-paint that was carried out a very high standard in the cars original colours. Further work included various re-chroming, new chrome wire wheels and tyres, various rubbers, gaskets, trims, hinges, full re-trim in Dark Blue leather, new weather equipment and the car has been subject of thousands of pounds worth of mechanical work to include a brake overhaul, carburettor rebuild and poly bushed suspension.
WVS 914 has had just two owners in 31 years and has covered almost 8000 miles on UK roads. The Austin Healey has only come available due to an imminent house move and has been carefully owned and cherished over the last 17 years with its recent owner. A huge amount of expense has gone into the car to ensure the owner was proud at various shows and events such as Tatton Park. All these years on since the major work, the Healey still looks stunning with a beautiful Ice Blue over Cream paint finish, the body panels are excellent, and the interior superbly finished. Chrome work gleams and the car stands incredibly well. The underside of the car is structurally excellent and the engine bay is clean, tidy and well presented. Weather gear is all excellent and the Healey is a car ready to drive and enjoy. The 3000 engine sounds beautiful, pulls superbly and offers excellent oil pressure. The four speed gearbox is a delight to use, overdrives comes in smooth and the 3000 MKI handles incredibly well. It's a lovely car to drive, offers excellent value and comes with a fantastic comprehensive history file.