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Please note this vehicle is titled HB48L26616.
The Final "Big Healey" Series
Remarkably comfortable, fast, and offering an incomparable open-air driving experience, the lusty Austin-Healey 3000 epitomizes the classic British sports car concept. The final and most refined variant was the 3000 Mk III BJ8, launched in October 1963 and built through the end of production in March 1968. Offering brisk acceleration, the Healey’s twin-carbureted 2,912 cc inline “six” was uprated to 150 bhp and delivered top speeds exceeding 120 mph. Other improvements ushered in by the BJ8 included standard power-assisted brakes, a redesigned exhaust system, and a more luxurious cockpit with a handsome wood-faced dash and floor console, plus the roll-up side windows of the prior BJ7.
Tastefully presented in its factory-original colors of Ivory complemented by black vinyl upholstery, this Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III BJ8 is a late “Phase 1” example built during April 1964. An original left-hand-drive export model, it was dispatched for shipment on April 28, 1964, to Nuffield Exports in Jacksonville, Florida. Factory-fitted options included an adjustable steering column, heater, overdrive, Dunlop Road Speed tires, and wire wheels. Subsequent known history dates to the early 1990s with two Texas-based owners noted prior to the acquisition by the California-based consignor in December 2008. Soon afterwards in January 2009, the Austin-Healey was entrusted to Brian Anderson and the team at Classic European for a complete nut-and-bolt restoration to concours-level standards, which was completed in May 2010.
On the show field, the car was judged Best in Class at the May 2010 California Healey Week, followed by a string of class awards earned at the October 2010 San Diego British Car Day, the October 2010 Del Mar Concours, and both the 2011 and 2012 editions of the La Jolla Concours. Today, the Austin-Healey remains in exceptional condition and will surely continue to serve as a competitive concours entry.
In addition to a desirable Becker Europa radio, the Austin-Healey is offered with a tool roll, jack, reproduction driver’s handbook, as well as restoration records and photos. Handsome in presentation and complete with a British Motor Industry Heritage Trust certificate, the Austin-Healey is reported by the consignor to drive as it should. Having covered less than 250 miles since the comprehensive restoration was completed, this “Phase 1” 1964 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III BJ8 marks an excellent show-ready example of a British sporting legend.