Featured Auction - Last produced Austin Healey 3000

by Gauk
Tue, Mar 14, 2017 10:08 PM

The Austin-Healey 3000 is a British sports car built from 1959 to 1967. It is the best known of the "big Healey" models.

The car's bodywork was made by Jensen Motors and the vehicles were assembled by Austin-Healey at the Abingdon works.

During its production life its nature was changed from an enthusiast's lusty open sports car albeit with a child-transporting 2+2 option to a tame sports convertible.

In 1963 Ninety-one point five per cent of all Austin Healey 3000 cars were exported mostly to North America.

The 3-litre 3000 was a highly successful car, which won its class in many European rallies in its heyday and is still raced in classic car competitions by enthusiasts today.

British Leyland ended manufacture in 1967 intending its place to be filled by a car with essentially the same engine in a more recently designed monocoque MGB body named MGC.

The 3000 sports convertible Mark III was announced in February 1964 its power increased from 136 bhp to 150 bhp by a new higher lift camshaft. SU HD8 carburettors replaced HS6 units increasing the choke size from 1.75 to 2 inches. Power-assisted braking became standard instead of optional. The new car's fascia displayed its speedometer and tachometer directly in fromt of the driver. Upholstery was now in Ambla vinyl

The Mark III BJ8 remained in production until the end of 1967 when manufacture of Austin-Healeys ceased. Only one further car was built in March 1968.

In May 1964 the Phase II version of the Mark III was released, which gained ground clearance through a modified rear chassis. In March 1965 the car received separate indicators.

A 3000 Mark II BT7 with hardtop and overdrive tested by the British magazine The Motor in 1961 had a top speed of 112.9 mph (181.7 km/h) and could accelerate from 0–60 mph (97 km/h) in 10.9 seconds. A fuel consumption of 23.5 miles per imperial gallon (12.0 L/100 km; 19.6 mpg‑US) was recorded. The test car cost £1362 including taxes.

Offered for sale is a 3.0L 1967 Austin Healey 3000 MK 3 manual that has been with the current owner for the last 44 years. Coming with a partial history file, this lot's condition scores an impressive 107 / 135.

Estimate (£): 75,000 - 90,000

CLASSIC CAR AUCTIONS SAYS:

The most significant, 'road going' Big Healey on the market today...

  • This is the LAST!!! Healey 3000 off the factory production line (December 1967)
  • Chassis Number HBJ843025. Registration number OAC 656 and first registered to the Donald Healey Motor Company
  • This BJ8 is an original right-hand drive car that has covered 56,000 miles
  • Freshly restored one year ago and subject to a bare metal respray in Golden Beige Metallic
  • Great shut-lines, a deep shine and lots of detail
  • Our lucky vendor has owned the car since 1972 (45 years) but the time has come
  • Complete with lots of history, its Heritage Certificate and documentation confirming its status
  • We don't want to 'labour the point' but this is the LAST big Healey off the line - ever!!!
  • LOT DETAILS

    REGISTRATION: OAC 656F RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
    YEAR: 1967 ENGINE SIZE: 3.0L
    MAKE: Austin Healey ODOMETER READING (MILES): 57389
    MODEL: 3000 MK 3 MOT EXPIRY: 2018-03-15
    WARRANTED: No CHASSIS NUMBER: HBJ843025

Remarks

Good. Done aprox 56,000 miles in 44 years. 

Auction offered by Classic Car Auctions CCA,

Find it here - http://gaukmotors.co.uk/auctioneer/classic-car-auctions-cca

In racing

Austin Healey 3000's have a long competition history, and raced at most major racing circuits around the world, including Sebring (USA), Le Mans (France), and Mount Panorama Circuit, Bathurst (Australia). The BMC competitions department rallied the 3000 from its introduction, but the development of the works cars effectively ended in 1965, mainly because of the success of the Mini Cooper 'S'.

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