Lot 211 - 1965 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk. III BJ8
|Odometer reading||2,171 miles|
|Estimate||£38,000 - £46,000|
|Result||Sold - £44,240|
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 revised camshaft, valve springs and twin SU 2" HD8 carburettors together with a redesigned exhaust system and servo-assisted brakes.
This delightfully handsome Austin-Healey has been repatriated from Canada and is now registered on UK registration plates. The two-tone blue and white paintwork is in very good order as is the interior trim and wooden dashboard. Clearly this is a car that has been well cared for with straight body panels and showing no sign of corrosion. The 2992cc engine started immediately when request and ran smoothly with no adverse noises or rattles and with good oil pressure. These six-cylinder engines are robust reliable units and are capable of a brisk performance. Sitting proudly on chrome wire wheels, this 3000 Mk.III is certainly one of the better examples we have seen of late. Supplied with a V5C registration document and a current MoT test certificate valid until 22nd February 2019, this left hand drive Austin-Healey would be an ideal car to tour Europe with.
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.