- One of just 16,322 Phase II Healeys produced; desirable early example
- Matching-numbers engine; recently sorted
- Includes books, tools, and jack
- British Motoring Industry Heritage Trust (BMIHT) Certificate
The Austin-Healey 3000 series, first introduced in 1959, was an evolution of the celebrated Austin-Healey 100 sports car of the mid-1950s. This 1964 Mk III BJ8 Phase II is representative of the highest and, unfortunately, final development of the celebrated ‘Big Healeys’ before the model was discontinued in 1968. For many collectors, this car, along with the Series 1 Jaguar E-Type, represents the pinnacle of the British sports car world.
In almost every area the 3000 Mk III Phase II was an improvement over the earlier 3000 models. The 2,912-cc six-cylinder engine was boosted to nearly 150 bhp and backed by a four-speed transmission, with overdrive as standard. The handling was improved by including radius arms at the rear axle. Front disc brakes were featured as standard. Finally, the cockpit was made more luxurious by including as standard a heater, adjustable steering wheel, windshield washers, and wood fascia and center console between the seats. Even though it was more comfortable than previous offerings, its top speed of 120 mph made it the fastest of all the road-going Healeys.
According to its accompanying BMIHT Certificate, this Austin-Healey 3000 was built between 23 April and 5 May 1964. It was dispatched to New Orleans, Louisiana, on 27 May and was equipped with overdrive, wire wheels wrapped with whitewall tires, a heater, adjustable steering wheel, and black tonneau cover. Presented today in its stunning and original color combination of black with red interior, this car was the subject of a professional frame-off restoration in 2004 and has been well maintained since. The 3000 is properly sorted, ready for vintage tours, and could be show-ready with minimal effort. The sale also includes an owner’s handbook, tools, knock-off hammer, and a jack.
This Austin-Healey is an absolute pleasure to drive and will make an impression wherever it goes.