Big Austin-healey 100s over­take the 3000 MKI­IIS

Classic Cars (UK) - - Chas­ing Cars -

The steadily grow­ing trend for col­lec­tors to prize the first in­car­na­tions of a model range have now spread to the Austin­healeys. For the first time since our price guide has been com­piled, four-cylin­der A-H 100s are now rated as worth more than their ul­ti­mate suc­ces­sor, the 3000 MKIII – the fastest and most prac­ti­cal of the Big Healeys.

Of course there are fewer of those early cars around, which al­ways helps in a com­pet­i­tive mar­ket, but they also have more of a com­pe­ti­tion his­tory, can gain en­try into a wider range of events and, for those to whom such things mat­ter, of­fer a purer driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. They have to be per­fect to make the re­ally big money. That’s cur­rently £65k in our guide, though RM re­cently got over £68,000 for a con­cours-winning re­stored BN2 model.

So hav­ing de­cided that we re­ally should have seen this com­ing, it’s per­haps time to look for cur­rently un­der-ap­pre­ci­ated ‘firsts’ in other man­u­fac­tur­ers’ model runs.

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