- The last of the “Big Healeys”
- Restored by marque specialist Kurt Tanner
- Presented in elegant color scheme
The Healey Hundred, which was named for its intended top speed, was first shown at the 1952 Earls Court Motor Show. Over the years the design would become incredibly popular and would eventually mature into the 3000, a larger six-cylinder model with increased creature comforts and, by the time of production’s end in 1967, improved brakes, road-holding, and ground clearance.
The 3000 Mk III BJ8 offered here represents the last, and what many believe to be the finest, iteration. According to its British Motor Industry Heritage Trust certificate, the Austin-Healey was completed between 15–16 June 1966, when it was delivered new through a dealer in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In more recent years, the car was extensively restored in the capable hands of Austin-Healey specialist Kurt Tanner of Santa Ana, California. The 3000 was finished in Golden Beige Metallic, with correct original-specification red Ambla leatherette upholstery and red carpeting. Furthermore, the walnut dashboard is beautifully lacquered. Protecting the interior is the correct Everflex top, which has been installed over a powder-coated frame. As much effort was put into restoring the car from stem to stern; the interior of the trunk was refinished, and all chrome trim is either new or replated original components.
Underneath lies the 2.9-liter inline six-cylinder engine, which is coupled to a four-speed manual gearbox with overdrive. The engine bay presents in excellent condition and shows off the “Big Six” and twin SU carburetors. All mechanical systems of the car have been returned to their original factory condition and have received new wiring. Lastly, the car sits on new chrome wire, knock-off wheels.
Accompanied by its BMIHT certificate and technical data sheet, this “Big Healey” is ready to conjure up smiles from admiring onlookers, excited passengers, and most important, its lucky driver.