1963 Austin Healey 3000 MkIIA Convertible For Hire in Warwickshire

GBP 300 for 1 day, 600 - 2 days, 900 - 4 days, 1,500 - 7 days
0845 070 5142 (local) or 07803 209 636 (mobile) 

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Our Austin Healey 3000 is the first of the more 'civilised' models.  The MkIIa was the first model Austin Healey 3000 to have wind up windows - all previous models had sidescreens which clipped onto the doors and were stored in the boot when not in use. Similarly this is the first Austin Healey 3000 with an easy to erect soft top.   

 

Earlier Austin Healeys had a set of hood sticks which had to be installed into slots and then the soft-top laid over the frame and clipped into place.  You undo two clips, one in each corner of the windscreen and then just push it behind you and it is done.  This takes all of 10 seconds. In fact it has the easiest hood of all our Warwickshire car fleet.   

 

Our Austin Healey is fitted with a number of optional extras that were ordered with the car: servo assisted brakes, overdrive and a heater.  To improve its reliability we have replaced the period dynamo with an alternator and installed electronic ignition, an interior light, oil pressure warning light and hazard warning lights.

 

As Healeys weren't fitted with power steering they all had large diameter steering wheels (16.5 inches).  This gave extra leverage to cope with the steering but for anyone with even slightly chunky legs, it makes getting in and out of the car a little difficult.  Worse than that, the steering wheel rubs against the driver's thighs.  We have replaced  the original wheel with a 14 inch diameter Mota Lita steering wheel giving more than enough room for those chunky thighs and there isn't any problem with leverage as the steering wheel rim is both thicker and leather bound giving the driver a much firmer grip.

 

Our Healey is a rare car, one of only 455 Right Hand Drive Austin Healey BJ7 models built for the UK market as the majority of the BJ7s were exported - mainly to the USA.  Our car was extensively restored in 1991/2 including much new metalwork and a complete re-spray in its current colours of Sapphire Blue over Silver Grey.  The interior is in light blue leather with contrast dark blue piping and dark blue carpets.  It sports a mohair hood with a zip down window making it a comfortable car in all weathers.

 

When we first saw this Austin Healey, it was shod with new tyres on chrome wire wheels, but we are not a fan of wire wheels.  Most tyre companies can't balance them properly and spokes can work loose or snap causing vibration.  We had them replaced with silver Minilite replica wheels, which are easier to balance, give a much better ride, avoid the risk of breaking spokes and are much easier to clean.  The silver wheels are also a perfect match for the silver sides of the car making it very photogenic and it has been chosen for a number of fashion photo shoots, and many weddings for that very reason.  

 

Height and weight restrictions:  

 

The cockpit of the Healey is very narrow, the doors are very short and there is little seat adjustment. Therefore anyone over 6ft 2in tall (1.88m) or weighing more than 18st (252 lbs, 114 kilos) may not fit in the car.   If you are thinking of using the Healey for your wedding then we recommend that you come for a 'wedding fitting' to check that the bride's dress will fit into the passenger compartment.

 

 

 

Austin Healey Hire

Daily Hire Rate (9am to 8pm)

4 Day Hire Rate

7 Day Hire Rate

Insurance Excess

Austin Healey 3000 MkIIA (2 seats) 

300

900

1,500

750

 

Additional Driver (any car)

25 per Day

Haynes Great Cars - Austin Healey  24.99 inc P&P

A beautifully produced book, published in 2002 to coincide with the half century of the launch of the 'Big' Healey at the Earls Court Motor Show in 1952.  This covers all models of the 'Big' Healey from the original Healey 100/4 to the very last of the 3000 MkIIIs.

Haynes Great Cars Series - Austin Healey

The Essential Buyer's Guide - Austin Healey  11.99
(Awaiting stock from the publishers).

Having a Buyer's Guide in your pocket is just like having a real marque expert by your side. Benefit from the author's years of knowledge and experience. Packed with good advice - from running costs, paperwork, vital statistics, valuation and the Austin Healey Community; right through to whether or not the Austin Healey will fit in your garage and your lifestyle.  This is the COMPLETE GUIDE to choosing, assessing and buying the Austin Healey of your dreams.

The Essential Buyer's Guide to Big Healeys - All models from 1953 to 1967

For daily, weekend and weekly hire rates for all of our cars, see the section on Hire Charges.



 

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