1964 Austin-Healey 3000 MkIII BJ8 Phase 2 Convertible
Chassis no. H-BJ8-L/27291
Engine no. 29K-RU-H/1516
Representing the Big Healey's final, most popular incarnation, this BJ8 Phase II model was delivered new to Charleston, USA. Its accompanying BMIHT certificate states that the car was delivered finished in Ivory White with red interior trim and black top, and was equipped with whitewall tyres, laminated windscreen, heater, wire wheels, adjustable steering column and overdrive. Available records show that it was retailed via Ship & Shore Motors of Florida in November 1964 and subsequently passed through the hands of various dealers and private owners in North Carolina, spending the years 1970 to 1998 in the long-term ownership of Elgie and Edna Lunsford. While in the Lunsford's care the engine was rebuilt (in 1980) and the Healey was then garaged for the next five years.
The NCDMV window sticker is dated '3.86' with inspector forms showing 11 miles driven between 09.80 and 03.85. The car then spent the years between 1986 and 1998 in storage.
Its next owner was one Edmond John Maguire, who kept the car until 2004.
Mr Maguire spent $38,615 on restoration between 1998 and 2003, which included bodywork refurbishment and a repaint. A complete list of all works carried out is available. In October 2004 the Healey was bought by Jeff March, who completed its restoration between December 2004 and May 2005, spending more than $6,500 to bring the total rebuild costs to $45,574. In 2006 Jeff March sold the car to Mr Ronald Age, yet another North Carolina resident. The current owner imported it to Belgium (freight documents available).
Extensively restored with no expense spared, this beautiful well documented Big Healey is offered with its original owner's handbook, factory brochure, period road test report and Belgian registration papers.