Lot 232 - 1964 Austin-Healey Healey 3000 Mk. III BJ8
|Odometer reading||1,765 miles|
|Estimate||£40,000 - £46,000|
|Result||Sold - £44,800|
The Austin-Healey 3000 was 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 delightful Austin Healey has recently been restored and presents in excellent condition. The blue over white coachwork is of a high quality and good finish, as is the deep rich red leather interior. Disc brakes have been fitted all-round, making this BJ8 much more enjoyable to drive. The car has only covered 1,765 miles since the completion of the restoration and whilst the vendor is enjoying the car immensely, sadly due to lack of suitable storage space, he has decided to part with her. Supplied with a V5 registration document and a current MoT test certificate, Healey enthusiasts will be aware how much values have risen of late. Given the cost of restoring a car to this condition, EGF 452B would appear to be a shrewd investment.
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