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Lot 9

1967 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III BJ8 Convertible

  • Chassis no. H-BJ8-L/36920
  • Engine no. 29K/RU/H/11536

Sold for $85,250

150 bhp, 2,912 cc overhead-valve inline six-cylinder engine with twin HD8 SU carburetors, four-speed-plus overdrive manual transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic rear springs, and servo-assisted front disc and rear drum brakes. Wheelbase: 92 in.

  • The last of the big Healeys
  • Previously restored by marque specialist Kurt Tanner
  • Elegant colors and desirable options

When Donald Healey was seeking a replacement of the Riley-engined Silverstone, he decided to focus on developing a car that would attract American buyers, with a price in between the low-cost MG TD and the expensive Jaguar XK120.

The Healey Hundred, which was named for its intended top speed, was displayed for the first time at the 1952 Earls Court Motor Show. There, Sir Leonard Lord convinced Healey that Austin should produce the model as the Austin-Healey 100. Over the years, the design would become incredibly popular, and it would eventually mature into the 3000, a larger six-cylinder model with increased creature comforts and, by the time of production’s end in 1967, improved brakes, road-holding, and ground clearance.

The 3000 Mk III BJ8 offered here represents the last, and what many believe to be the 3000’s finest, model year. It has been extensively restored in the capable hands of Austin-Healey specialist Kurt Tanner, and it is finished in Golden Beige Metallic, with correct original-specification red Ambla leatherette upholstery and red carpeting. The walnut dashboard is beautifully lacquered. Overseeing all is a correct Everflex top, which has been installed over a powder-coated frame. Even the interior of the trunk has been well-finished, and all of the chrome is either new or replated original components.

Underneath, the 2.9-liter six runs well, and it is coupled to a four-speed manual gearbox and overdrive that can be engaged by a switch. The engine bay is immaculate and shows off the Big Six and twin SU carburetors in style. All mechanical systems of the car have been returned to their original factory condition and have received new wiring. New chrome wire wheels are mounted by knock-offs on low-mileage hubs.

This “Big Healey” has been extensively restored to return it to excellent condition, and it is ready to conjure up smiles again.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

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