Lot 258 - 1966 Austin-Healey Mk. III BJ8
|Odometer reading||47,096 miles|
|Estimate||£36,000 - £40,000|
|Result||Sold - £38,080|
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, valve springs and twin SU 2" HD8 carburettors together with a redesigned exhaust system and servo-assisted brakes.
Manufactured in 1966, this Austin Healey was exported to the US and has recently been repatriated to the UK. A great deal of work has been carried out on the car and a substantial amount of paperwork is supplied with her. The engine ran smoothly and quietly during our inspection and with good oil pressure. The bodywork is in good order as is the two-tone paintwork and the interior trim.
A registration application has been made to the DVLA and the car does have a full year's MoT test certificate making this a sound example of a highly desirable Austin Healey BJ8.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.