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The Final "Big Healey" Series
The ultimate evolution of Donald Healey’s original “Hundred” that stole the spotlight at the 1952 London Motor Show, the robust six-cylinder Austin-Healey 3000 replaced the evolutionary 100/6 in 1959 and quickly evolved into a remarkably comfortable grand tourer in step with the maturing sports car marketplace. Fast, steeped in motor sports history, and delivering an incomparable open-air driving experience, the Austin-Healey 3000 remains extremely satisfying and benefits from excellent club, parts, and technical support, making it an enduring classic sports car choice today.
The final and most refined variant was the 3000 Mark 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 a potent 150 bhp and delivered top speeds exceeding 120 mph. Other improvements heralded 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.
Accompanied by its corresponding British Motor Heritage Trust Certificate, this 1967 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III BJ8 is an original left-hand-drive, North American export model built during mid-November 1966. As such, it is a highly desirable original “Phase II” model, incorporating all improvements applied to the “Big Healey” during its production run. It was originally finished in British Racing Green with a black-trimmed cockpit and matching convertible top and factory-equipped with wire-spoke wheels, heater, adjustable steering column, laminated windscreen, overdrive, whitewall tires, and a black tonneau cover. Dispatched on November 25, 1966, for shipment to the US, the Healey’s original selling dealer was located in Fort Worth, Texas.
Part of a private Texas-based collection for many years, this 1967 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III BJ8 was recently restored to concours-level standards with virtually no expense spared in the process, with the work performed by in-house staff. The Healey was acquired by the consignor in 2012, with the restoration completed just two months earlier.
As offered, it is resplendent in its factory- correct British Racing Green exterior finish, complemented by tan Connolly leather upholstery, and remains fresh, as new, and simply striking in presentation throughout. Following acquisition, the consignor has sparingly driven the Healey over an approximate 250 miles, with the car reported to perform flawlessly. The Healey is accompanied by an owner’s manual, top boot, tonneau cover, and tools, as well as the aforementioned British Motor Heritage Certificate and a selection of quality photographs depicting the restoration process. Never shown since the restoration was completed, this exceptional 1967 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III BJ8 offers the new owner many excellent opportunities to show, tour, or simply enjoy this British sporting legend as Donald Healey originally intended.