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Welcome to Vintage Motors of Lyons

Front of the shop in Lyons

We sell, consign, purchase, and locate cars of interest for folks that appreciate them. We  always carry an eclectic selection of classics. Whether you are wanting that perfect  Sunday driver, a project car, or a higher end investment, we probably have a car that you will enjoy!

I have been passionate about cars since I was a kid in the '50's and '60's and bought my first car while in high school, which was a then 10 year old 1958 MGA. Since then I have enjoyed and nurtured many classics, both foreign and domestic. I decided to follow and share my passion for cars by creating a welcoming marketplace to not only sell cars, but open a place for everyone to come in and check out and talk cars, look at car books, magazines, posters, artwork, etc..

Our shop was originally built as a Texaco gas station in the 1940's and is conveniently located at the junction of the two highways leading to the Rocky Mountains just north west of Boulder. You won't miss us at the west end of Main Street.  Lyons is a fun, small town offering nationally known live music festivals and brewpub; shops and great fly fishing, kayaking, tubing, hiking, and mountain biking.  The South St. Vrain Canyon is among many great driving roads in the area.

The best part of this business has been all of the great people we meet. Thanks for visiting our site and I hope to meet you whenever you are in the area.

-- George Raffensperger

" I recently consigned my 1964 Porsche 356C to George with Vintage Motors and highly recommend him. Please contact me as to further
details. "

Bud Leonard

1964 Porsche 356C

Find out more about George and the shop by watching the video at Lyons TV.

Lyons TV Vintage Motors of Lyons Video

1960 Austin Healey 3000 Mk1 BN7 – Sold

Beautiful Two Seat Austin Healey 3000 BN7 For Sale. This is Healey # H-BN7-L/11637, built August 16-17, 1960 and has been restored in its original finishes of Ivory White with Red interior. In very good condition, with Overdrive, White tonneau and top. JUST SOLD – THANK YOU

Austin Healey 3000’s, commonly referred to as “Big Healeys”, have  some of the most attractive lines and proportions of any open sports car. They are well suited for touring and their inline six cylinder engines produce some of the sweetest sounds of any engine. Dignified yet very sporting, big Healeys make a very classic and pure vintage impression!

Of the 13,560 Mark 1 Healey 3000’s produced, just 2,825 were built in this true two seat configuration (10,825 BT7 2+2 seaters; 2,825 BN7 two seaters) making this car among the rarest and most desirable of all the Healey 3000’s. We find it to be stylistically and aesthetically more pleasing than the 2+2 configured cars and certainly appearing much more sporting in a purest sense as well.

The Mark 1 (1959-1961) Austin Healey 3000’s offered two significant improvements over the prior 100-6 models (1956-1959), the addition of Girling front disc brakes and a larger, 2.912 cc. (hence the 3000 model name).

Aside from front disc brakes, this car features a four speed transmission with overdrive. The transmission and overdrive unit were professionally rebuilt just 5 years ago and it shifts and works as it should. The car runs, drives, stops, shifts and handles well.

The car benefits from an older (circa 1982), frame off restoration and still appears very well; albeit with a few blems in the paint from use. The body is straight without evidence of much bodywork and the underside of the car remains essentially rust free.

Chrome and trim are in very good condition.

Overall, we find the car to be between No. 3 and No. 2 in condition.

From the records with the car (back to 1984), the car was previously located in the Seattle, WA area before being shipped to the Watkins Glen area of upstate NY. It was in the Glen with the same owner for 18 years before being sold by the widow of this same owner through a vintage car dealer still in business there and brought to Colorado in 2002 where it has been with the same prior owner these past 17 years.

The red interior (true to its original build) has been re-done in an high quality  manner  and appears like new. All seats, door panels, dash, carpets, etc. are in excellent condition.

Another practical modification is use of a single 12v (positive earth) battery located in the boot as were later Healeys. The original battery configuration used two 6v batteries mounted beneath the floor behind the seats (6v batteries for the car are still available if desired).

There is a white top and tonneau cover with the car, both in excellent condition but no side curtains (are available new).

2,912 cc in-line six cylinder engine with twin HD8 SU carbs. The original engine in the car was replaced at some point with another Healey 3000 engine; engine# 29KF/RU/H269 which decodes as an engine from a 1963-68 BJ8, with overdrive (R) and center floor shift (U), high compression (H), production # 269. This engine produces 150 HP (an increase of 26 HP over the original engine) at 5,250 RPM and 173-lb.ft. of torque at 3,000 RPM.

We can see from the Heritage Trust Certificate (shown below and included with the car) that the car was originally equipped with a four speed transmission with overdrive (as it is now, albeit with a center shift transmission, not the original side shift).

A spin on/off oil filter and electronic ignition are practical upgrades.

Service records with the car reflect the following work/repairs since being brought to Colorado in 2002 with all work completed by two of our areas best British car shops :

Carbs rebuilt and radiator re-cored 2/02; Generator re-built 11/02; Complete rebuild of front and rear suspensions and steering box 1/03; new muffler 2/03; carbs serviced, tune-up 12/09; transmission and overdrive unit rebuilt 9/13.

See Video links below of engine running and exhaust.

Very clean and proper engine and engine compartment.

Straight body.

Wheels are Dayton 72 spoke chrome wire wheels shod with Dunlop radials.

Very clean and rust free undercarriage.

See and listen to the engine running and the tailpipes by left clicking on the IMG video links below (these were posted using Windows Video Player):



If you’re looking for a good condition, drivable big Healey we feel this one would be worthy of your consideration. Please call me with with any questions or need for further information. Thank You.