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1963 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk II BJ7

$70,000 - $80,000

Offered Without Reserve

RM | Sotheby's - ARIZONA 22 JANUARY 2021


Chassis No.
Engine No.
Body No.
H-BJ7-L/21153
29F-RU-H/2068
56949
  • A beautifully presented Mark II BJ7 example
  • 134 hp, 2,912-cc twin-carbureted I-6; four-speed manual transmission with overdrive
  • Colorado Red with black accents; black interior with red piping; black convertible top
  • Numbers-matching engine, gearbox, and axle per BMIHT certificate
  • Mechanically and cosmetically restored to a high standard

Introduced in 1959 as a successor to the Austin-Healey 100 and 100/6, the Austin-Healey 3000 proved popular, particularly in export markets like the United States. The ultimate iteration of the “Big Healey” family, the 3000 evolved steadily; initially a basic two-seat roadster, it grew ever more luxurious—all while maintaining its exhilarating performance—before production ceased in 1967.

Improvements found on the 3000 Mark II BJ7, which debuted in 1962, included a wraparound windshield (lending the car a more modern look), proper roll-up windows and quarter vents for greater cabin comfort, and a quick-folding convertible top. Power was supplied by a 134-horsepower, 2,912 cubic centimeter inline-six engine fed by twin SU carburetors—a setup that, compared to the prior triple-carburetor configuration, afforded better low-speed drivability and lessened maintenance needs. A new camshaft design, meanwhile, improved torque.

As the accompanying British Motor Industry Heritage Trust certificate attests, this car was completed in September 1962 and dispatched to the he United States in October. In addition to its requisite U.S.-specification speedometer, factory-fitted equipment included wire wheels, a cabin heater, and an adjustable steering column; overdrive was supplied for its four-speed manual transmission.

Beginning in 2017, this car was the subject of thorough restoration executed to a high standard—a process said to have been aided by its solid overall condition. After being stripped to bare metal, its bodywork was refinished in its factory-original Colorado Red (now enhanced with a striking black accent), while its 2+2 interior was retrimmed in black with red piping; a black convertible top completes the look. Mechanical components, including its numbers-matching engine, and gearbox, were overhauled at this time, gauges were restored, and a new wiring harness installed. Finally, five new knock-off wire wheels were fitted, completing its instantly appealing appearance.

Having recorded only break-in mileage since the completion of its restoration in 2020, this beautifully presented 1963 Austin-Healey 3000 Mark II BJ7 effortlessly demonstrates the qualities that made these Big Healeys so popular, and successful, when new.


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