Lot 257 - 1962 Austin Healey 3000 BJ7 Mk. II A
|Odometer reading||13,636 miles|
|Estimate||£38,000 - £45,000|
|Result||Sold - £41,884|
- Well-presented example
- Older restoration
- Rare BJ7 Mk. II A model
The Healey 3000 represents one of the most graceful and yet powerful classic English sportscars ever produced. It started with the 100/4, subsequently enlarged to 2.6 litres in the 100/6 and finally the powerful incarnation, the three litre, 3000. All three incarnations looked superb and drove equally well hence their regular use within motorsport. Twin SU carburettors and front disc brakes combined to good effect, the car was well balanced and powerful. The BJ7 was really an advanced Healey 3000 with a more considered windscreen design, wind-up windows and a quick action folding roof.
Supplied new in Gibraltar and registered to its first owner in 1962, this wonderful Austin Healey was repatriated to the UK in 1971 where it was registered to Gifford William Carr of Leicester. During the 1990s the Healey underwent an extensive restoration, the majority of the work undertaken by renowned marque specialist, JME Healey Ltd. In 1997, the engine, gearbox and all body panels were removed to enable a full body and chassis restoration. In the past ten years further extensive works have been carried out including a new fuel tank, new rear end, two door panels, new fuel pump, heater and starter motor in addition to the front suspension being extensively rebuilt, new springs, shock absorbers and king-pins were fitted as well as a new steering box and new brakes and shoes. Also completed at this time was a rebuilt gearbox and differential unit as well as new harnesses and a new hood. Unfortunately, over the years some of the restoration invoices have been misplaced although there is a record of more recent work commissioned by the current vendor. Offered in very good order throughout, the paintwork still retains a deep shine and the chrome work presents very well as does the interior and hood which show very few imperfections. The vendor reports that the Healey drives very well and sounds fantastic when on song. Offered with a sizeable history file including the Heritage Certificate, various sundry invoices, old MoT test certificates, a V5 registration document and a current MoT test certificate valid until November 2021. This well-maintained and sensibly upgraded Healey has been dry stored by the current vendor and only used in good weather conditions, as such it presents very well indeed and is ready to be enjoyed by its new custodian.
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