1963 Austin Healey 3000 MkIIA Convertible  Guidance for Drivers

Austin Healey 3000 MkIIa outside Warwick Town Hall  for hire in Warwickshire
Austin Healey 3000 MkIIa outside Warwick Town Hall for hire in Warwickshire
We take every driver around a short block to give the chance to get used to the controls and understand the foibles of each of our cars.


Each car goes out on hire with a comprehensive information pack and this includes an instruction sheet of how to operate the controls.


Details for our Austin Healey are shown below and can be printed off in PDF form by clicking on the button at the bottom of the page.






To Start:


  • When cold: Insert the ignition key, turn on the electrics and pull out the choke. Wait until the fuel pump has stopped clicking and then press the starter button. Press the accelerator when the engine fires.  
  • When warm: Turn the key and press the starter until it fires, then press accelerator.  




  • Speed/revs Please respect the age of this car and don’t over rev it. It develops peak torque at only 2,700 revs and pulls well in any gear.
  • Gears: Gear layout is standard for a Four-speed gearbox with Reverse to the left of 2nd. Gear changes are best achieved using a slow firm grip. The car is fitted with Overdrive on 3rd and 4th gears, which is engaged using the switch on the dashboard.  
  • Handbrake: The handbrake lever is to the left of the driver’s seat. Always park in gear.  
  • Wheels: The car is fitted with knock on alloy wheels with 165/R15 tyres.  
  • Punctures: In the event of a puncture the spare wheel, jack and spinner spanner are in the boot.
  • Lights: The light switch is on the right of the dashboard marked L. Pull out for side lights then twist right and pull again for head lights. The Dip/Main Beam switch is on the floor to the left of the clutch pedal.  
  • Indicators: The indicator switch is on the centre boss of the steering wheel. 
  • Horn: The horn is operated by pressing the push button below the Starter button.  
  • Fuel tank:  Fill with Premium 95 Unleaded Petrol. Capacity is 12 gallons (50 litres ). At around 18 - 20 mpg a full tank should be enough to cover about 150 miles depending on how you drive.  Do not let the tank go below ¼ full.
  • Boot: The boot is opened by turning the handle. It is held up by locating the wire boot stay in the bracket on the left.  Make sure the stay is stowed behind the lock before closing the boot.
  • Spares: There are a number of spare parts stored in the boot. A list is on the parcel shelf. These are to enable a breakdown service to make minor repairs or replace consumable items (distributor cap, rotor arm, condensor, clutch seals etc).  No tools are included and the hirer should not attempt any repairs.
  • Picnic:  If ordered, this is in the boot with a waterproof rug.




To give you a feel for what it is like to drive our Austin Healey, I setup our video camera and drove it up and down nearby Edgehill - the steepest hill in South Warwickshire.

Click on the YouTube video clip below.




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