1967 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III BJ8
Sold For $72,800Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.
RM | Sotheby's - AMELIA ISLAND 6 - 7 MARCH 2020 - Offered on Saturday
- Delivered new to a U.S. serviceman stationed in Germany
- Finished in its correct, original color scheme
- Highly desirable numbers-matching example
- Accompanied by BMIHT certificate
This 3000 Mark III was built from 13 April to 10 May 1967. A left-hand-drive example destined for export, it left the factory finished in attractive Healey Blue over a blue leather interior with matching convertible top. Factory equipment included wire wheels, adjustable steering column, blue tonneau cover, kilometers-per-hour speedometer, “roadspeed tyres,” overdrive, rear number plate light, and a steering column lock. The car was then shipped to Germany on 16 May 1967. It was sold through noted German dealership Auto-Neuser to a U.S. serviceman stationed in Nuremberg, Louis J. Esposito, who took delivery on 6 June 1967.
Today the car presents beautifully, having benefitted from a high-quality restoration in the 1990s. The exterior features a Secura Sprint Belgium fender-mounted side-view mirror. The car rides on Vredestein Sprint S80 radial tires mounted on chrome knock-off wire wheels. A full-size spare is stored in the trunk along with a knock-off tool and hammer. The Mark III is powered by an inline six-cylinder engine featuring dual S.U. carburetors and paired to a four-speed manual gearbox with electronic overdrive. The engine and gearbox are original to the car.
The interior is completed in the correct blue leather and features a luxurious cockpit with a beautiful burl wood dash housing Smiths instrumentation and an upgraded Retro Sound AM/FM radio with USB MP3 playback. Two additional seats in the back provide occupancy for those of smaller stature, perfect for kids. Weather protection is provided by roll-up windows and a blue matching convertible top.
This car is accompanied by an Austin-Healey 3000 Mark III Driver’s Handbook, German BMC service book, BMC Service in Europe book, and the car’s British Motor Industry Heritage Trust certificate, the latter of which notes the car’s original factory specifications and confirms it to be correctly finished and a matching-numbers example, including the chassis, engine, gearbox, and body.