Lot 209 - 1964 Austin-Healey 3000 BJ8 Phase I
|Odometer reading||65,000 miles|
|Estimate||£22,000 - £30,000|
|Result||Sold - £42,560|
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 is 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 revised camshaft, valve springs and twin SU 2" HD8 carburettors together with a redesigned exhaust system and servo-assisted brakes.
First registered on 1st May 1964 to its first and only keeper, Bernard Ringwelski of 52 Totton Road, Thornton Heath, it is believed he was a World War II veteran then a watches and clock restorer after the war. This is a UK delivered, genuine righthand drive car and one of only 1,390 phase I's built with approximately 80-90% of production being lefthand drive exports. Finished in blue with a matching blue interior, this car retains a fantastic patina that only time and age can produce. The accompanying file contains the original handbook, original accessory brochure, V5 document, old insurance papers dating back to 1968 and a quantity of old MoT test certificates that verify the mileage of 65,000 miles. It is noted only 150 miles have been driven between 1999 and 2017. Finding a BJ8 in this condition is becoming a rare find indeed and will provide a rewarding restoration project or alternatively, with a little time and attention, a fantastic running car.
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.