SOLD | Austin Healey 3000 MkI | 1 of 5 South African 1959 Healeys



XFO 890 is a very rare original right hand drive 3000 MkI 2+2 Healey originally delivered to South Africa in 1959. Just 5 Healeys were shipped to South Africa in 1959, with a total of 45 exported here over all 3000 MkI production. These cars therefore are incredibly rare (10,825 MkIs were produced) and are often sought after in Healey circles as such cars delivered to this warm climate often retain very original panelling. XFO 890 is no different with all original body panels still present on the car today.

Lightly restored in 2002 with an exterior repaint in Flame Red with Ivory Duotone and a complete interior retrim with Black seating with perforated inserts and White piping plus Black carpet.  The car features an upgraded engine with strong performance, healthy oil pressure and keeps cool.

At present day this Healey remains presentable but with scope for future improvement. The paint still has deep shine but is beginning to lift in a few areas (see gallery) due to corrosion and previous poor repair. As such XFO 890 presents a fantastic opportunity to the buyer to purchase an excellent value car with scope for further improvement in the future – which could be done as and when the buyer pleases over time. Structurally the main chassis rails and floors of the car appear to be in good condition (see gallery for photos of underneath).

Sold serviced with MOT, large history file plus photo documentation of restoration.


YEAR: 1959

  • 1 of 5 CKD South African Cars
  • Flame Red with Ivory Duotone

PRICE: £28,000

  • Repainted 2002
  • Retrimmed 2002


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    Variant 3000 MkI BT7 Gearbox 4 Speed Side Change w. Overdrive


    Exterior Flame Red, Ivory Duotone Interior Black Seats with Perforated Inserts, White Piping
    Engine Straight 6, 3 litre


    Carburettors Twin SU
    Brakes Disc Front, Drum Rear  Wheels  Aluminium Silver Wires

    Although every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of these particulars, no responsibility is taken for error, omission or misstatement or imperfections not stated. Buyers should satisfy themselves pre purchase of the condition and provenance of the car and on their own judgment satisfy themselves as to whether the car accords to its description or not.