Lot 248 - 1967 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk.III
|Odometer reading||67,100 km|
|Estimate||£35,000 - £40,000|
The Austin-Healey 3000 was a British sports car built from 1959 to 1967 and is the best known of the 'big' Healey models. The car's bodywork was made by Jensen Motors and the vehicles were assembled at the BMC Abingdon works. The 3000 was a successful car which won its class in many European rallies during its heyday and also ran at Le Mans during that period; as such it's still used in competition by enthusiasts today. The 3000 Mk. III was launched in October 1963 and remained in production until the end of 1967 when production of Austin-Healeys ceased. Classified as the BJ8, the new model was the most powerful and luxurious of the big Healeys, with a walnut veneer dash, wind-up windows and a 150bhp engine. Improvements to the engine included a new camshaft and valve springs and twin SU 2" HD8 carburettors together with a redesigned exhaust system and servo-assisted brakes.
This striking Austin Healey was originally registered in the U.S. and was repatriated to the UK early in 2014. This is a matching numbers example that has benefitted from a restoration project and as such, the car presents in very good all round condition. The brakes and suspension have been up rated and the engine 'race tuned' which is mated to a sports exhaust. The period two-tone paintwork is in excellent order and the magnolia interior is unmarked. The necessary import duties have been paid and the Austin Healey is now registered on UK number plates with a V5C registration document supplied with the car, together with a full years MoT test certificate. We are advised by the vendor this Healey is outstanding to drive, making this a very attractive proposition.