1964 Austin-Healey 3000 MkIII Phase II Convertible
Chassis no. HBJ8/L 28624
Launched at the New York Motor Show in March 1959, the Austin-Healey 3000 retained the muscular good looks of its 100/6 predecessor while providing a useful increase in performance thanks to a larger-capacity version of the long-established C-Series engine. Over-bored to 2,912cc the latter produced 124bhp, good enough for a top speed of 185km/h with the optional hardtop in place. Otherwise, the car was much as before, though Girling front disc brakes were a welcome improvement.
Introduced in 1961, the MkII in Convertible form brought improved practicality courtesy of a fixed foldaway top and winding windows. From now until the end of production the only 3000 model available would be the 2+2, the less popular two-seat version having been dropped.
The 3000 MkIII with 148bhp engine appeared early in 1964, to be followed later in the year by the Phase II version with revised rear suspension. Top speed was now 200km/h and the 0-100km/h 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.
Representing the Big Healeys final, most popular incarnation, this BJ8 Phase II model was restored in 2004, the engine being overhauled by Atelier Harper in Montlhéry. Noteworthy features include a new top and SU 40mm carburettors, the latter making the car a willing performer. Bought by a previous owner in 2004, the Healey had covered only a few kilometres since restoration and since its acquisition by the last lady owner in May 2005 has travelled only a further 100km. In June 2011 the car was completely overhauled.
Said to perform perfectly, with the overdrive working correctly, this most desirable and beautifully presented Big Healey is offered with cancelled French Carte Grise and valid Contrôle Technique.