1959 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk I BT-7 Four Seat Roadster

Kurt Tanner Restoration, Fantastic and Fast!


Harry's Thoughts

This is a fantastic car that is fast, nimble and better than any Austin-Healey that left the UK. The Kurt Tanner restoration is stunning, and the color combination is perfect. It would take a decade and $10,000 to accumulate all of the additional goodies that accompany the sale, too!


PRICE REDUCED $15,000!!  This is a 1959 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk I BT7 Four Seat Roadster that has an unusually high-quality restoration performed by one of the most renowned Austin-Healey restorers in North America, Kurt Tanner.   This Austin-Healey is in concours condition and has benefitted from the numerous improvements that have been developed by Kurt Tanner Motorcars.  The color combination is perfect (Golden Beige Metallic and Red Leather), and this Healey needs nothing today to be enjoyed, whether for rallies, tours or concours events.  Included in the sale is a fantastic collection of Austin-Healey spares, luggage, books, etc. that would take years to accumulate and must be worth upwards of $10,000.

This Healey was built on the 15th of September of 1959 and was dispatched to A M Capurro and Sons LTD in Gibraltar on the 22nd of September 1959.  By January of 2005, this Austin-Healey was acquired by Kurt Tanner in Claremont, California.  Kurt Tanner is the owner of Kurt Tanner Motors in Santa Ana, CA.  Kurt has dedicated most of his life to the perfecting and restoration of Austin-Healeys.  He is known as “The Healey Guy”.   His Healeys often set sales records at public auction.  After its restoration, the Healey was bought by Mr. Hugh Tangye from Vancouver, BC in June of 2007.  The Healey had accumulated 89,199 miles from new and nearly zero miles since the restoration.  Mr. Tangye continued to optimize the tuning of the Healey to make it perform as it does today- fantastic!  By 2017, the Healey was acquired by our consignment client Kim Spencer from Vancouver, BC.  Mr. Spencer is meticulous in his maintenance and servicing of his collection.  He is the type of person to buy a car from (or motorcycle for that matter).  He has used the Healey on a regular basis and the car is absolutely sorted.  Between Hugh and Kim, about 6,000 miles have been added to the car since its restoration, ensuring its reliability.

The Kurt Tanner restoration was very thorough and the attention to detail is spectacular. This car was completely disassembled down to a bare rolling chassis with only the front and rear shrouds still attached. The chassis was then power washed with a 3500psi steam cleaner. All exterior body panels were carefully hand-stripped to bare metal using aircraft stripper, then “dusted” with shotblasting to remove any corrosion. At that point, any sheet metal repairs were made. The chassis was then seam-sealed, primed, and painted Golden Beige Metallic along with the backs of all the body panels. The body parts were then refitted to the car and carefully gapped. Bodywork and Golden Beige Metallic paint were then carried out to concours standards, with exceptional results. The car displays factory-correct panel fit and shut lines.

The interior is stunning in gorgeous red leather.  The red carpeting and the red leather wrapping the dashboard and door panels looks just right.  The combination of the red interior and champagne exterior looks better than we remember seeing it before.  The execution of this restoration truly sets it apart.  The original aluminum cockpit moldings were stripped, polished, and correctly re-anodized.  The car boasts a new Moss Motors interior trim kit, carpet and underlay kit, Armacord trunk kit, door seals, red leather trimmed seats with new foam, Moto-Lita steering wheel, fitted lap belts, and windshield. A new and correct black Everflex top and matching black canvas tonneau has been fitted, along with the original set of restored side curtains in a new black bag.  The steering wheel and shift knob are both wood rimmed with aluminum made by none other than Moto-Lita.  Fitted in the passenger compartment is a polished fire extinguisher and a power outlet for phones, etc.  The original steering wheel and shift knob are included in the sale.

Mechanically, the car could not be in better condition. Everything was rebuilt as needed and today the Healey performs brilliantly.  Every aspect of the car looks as-new.  Look at the 140 photos and three videos on our website to admire the detail.  The Healey was treated to a brand-new set of correct chrome wire wheels with a painted spare in the trunk.  The venerable 2,912 cc overhead valve straight six-cylinder engine performs brilliantly producing 124 hp.  We love the polished alloy valve cover with the Austin-Healey script (the original valve cover is included in the sale).  It is the original numbers matching engine that has been thoroughly rebuilt since its restoration.  The documentation is available for viewing.  The four-speed transmission is enhanced by its electronic overdrive, an original option from the factory.  The braking is from front discs.

Other restoration details include a new cotton cloth wiring harness, restored dashboard fittings, new air vent heater hoses, a stainless-steel exhaust system that is partially wrapped for heat protection as it is routed near the driver’s door for an especially sporty look and sound.  This car includes a matching 5th tire and spare rim, correct Everflex top and tonneau cover, restored original side screen set with bag, reprint of the owner’s handbook, new knock off hammer, and a BMIHT certificate attesting to the car’s authenticity.

Included in the sale are the side curtains, tonneau cover and the huge collection of extra parts, spares, Austin-Healey branded leather luggage and so much more!!

We have this priced to sell.  The Hagerty Value for a No. 1 example is $99,900 and NADA has it at $141,800.  Kurt Tanner restored Healeys have sold for about $150,000 at public auction!

For more details and information, please call, text or email Harry Clark at +1.602.245.7200 or  This Healey is available for viewing at our Phoenix showroom.  We are pleased to offer FaceTime or WhatsApp live video inspections and we help coordinate shipping worldwide.  We also have financing partners if you are interested in financing.

1959 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk I BT-7 Four Seat Roadster


1959 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk I BT-7 Four Seat Roadster
1959 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk I BT-7 Four Seat Roadster


VIN HBT73907
BODY STYLE 2+2 Roadster
FUEL Gasoline
MILES 95,915
GEARBOX 4-Speed Overdrive
INT COLOR Red Leather
EXT COLOR Golden Beige Metallic
YEAR 1959

Austin-Healey 3000 Mk I BT7

The Austin-Healey 3000 was announced on 1 July 1959 with a 3-litre BMC C-Series engine to replace the smaller 2.6-litre engine of the 100-6 and disc brakes for its front wheels. The manufacturers claimed it would reach 60 mph in 11 seconds and 100 mph in 31 seconds. Other changes were minor compared to those…
The Austin-Healey 3000 was announced on 1 July 1959 with a 3-litre BMC C-Series engine to replace the smaller 2.6-litre engine of the 100-6 and disc brakes for its front wheels. The manufacturers claimed it would reach 60 mph in 11 seconds and 100 mph in 31 seconds. Other changes were minor compared to those between the original 100 and the 100–6. The wheelbase and body were unchanged as were the body-styles, a 2+2 or BT7 and a two-seater BN7. Weather protection remained minimal, a folding plastic roof on a light demountable frame and above the doors detachable side screens holding sliding perspex panels. Wire wheels, overdrive gearbox, laminated windscreen, heater, adjustable steering column, detachable hard top for the 2+2, and two-tone paint were available as options. 13,650 Mark Is were built: 2,825 BN7 open two-seaters, and 10,825 BT7 2+2.

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