1966 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III BJ8
Chassis no. HBJ8L 36843
2,912cc OHV Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
2 SU Carburetors
150bhp at 5,250rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Front Independent Suspension Live Rear Axle
Front Disc Rear Drum Brakes
*Expertly restored example of the classic Healey 3000
*The final iteration of the iconic big Healey
*Beautiful British Racing Green over Black livery
*Offered with restoration photos and receipts
*Accompanied by Heritage Trust Certificate
The Austin-Healey 3000
With the introduction of the final 'Big Healey' 3000 Mk III model, the legendary British manufacturer of sports cars successfully retained the essence of its classic curvaceous long hood/short deck sports roadster, but had grown the car to accommodate 2+2 seating, and loaded it with amenities directed towards the booming North American market.
Designed as a sports car and indeed quite successful in rallying and racing, the Austin-Healey 3000 had by the mid-1960s evolved into the fully civilized 3000 Mk III. Fitted with roll-up side windows and an easily operable soft top, the 2+2 tourer was quite enjoyable and safe for daily driving. Fitted with the potent 2,912cc 150bhp twin-carb six-cylinder engine, mated to a four-speed manual overdrive transmission, and equipped with disc brakes in the front, the 3000 Mk III also provided performance worthy of its sporting heritage.
Shortly after the Mk III was introduced in 1964, 'Phase II' upgrades were added that would further enhance the ride and handling of all subsequent Mk III BJ8 series chassis through 1967. Top speed was 121mph and the 0-60mph time dipped below 10 seconds. Despite the antiquity of the basic design, the Big Healey remained as popular as ever, though increasingly stringent safety and emissions legislation meant that its days were numbered.
The Motorcar Offered
Offered here is a wonderful example of the final iteration of the classic Austin-Healey 3000, benefitting from the long list of improvements carried out through the nearly decade long production run. Completed at the Abingdon factory in the summer of 1966, this 3000 Mk III BJ8 was configured with left hand steering, destined for the Healey-hungry North American market. A well-equipped example, it is recorded as being delivered with a heater, adjustable steering column, whitewall tires, a black tonneau cover, laminated windscreen and overdrive.
Although the early history remains unknown, this fine example is known to have spent decades in Florida, where it was in the same ownership for 21 years, before being purchased by the current owner, a Healey enthusiast residing in Arizona. While in Florida the car was treated to a thorough nut and bolt restoration by noted British car restorer Paul Tsikuris and his Lakeland-based Tsikuris Classics restoration shop. It is evident that a professional and thorough job was performed on the Healey, as the car still presents magnificently today, despite the fact that the restoration was performed over two decades ago. Restoration photos and receipts accompany the sale of this car, documenting the extensive work performed.
Finished in the appropriately patriotic British Racing Green with trim and weather equipment in black, a factory-correct color combination for the BJ8, this Healey presents extraordinarily well. Fitted with correct silver-painted wire wheels wrapped in Vredestein Classic tires, and with attractive racing-style mirrors on each fender, this 3000 looks right for its era and is ready to be shown at local Concours events.
A great sports car that can be used for spirited drives on twisty roads, or longer weekends away from home, the BJ8 has room for two with luggage and a picnic basket, and would surely make for an excellent foray into the British sports car experience.
- Please note that this vehicle is titled as a 1967.