2012 The Silverstone Classic Sale

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1964 Austin Healey 3000 BJ8

Lot No.: 119

Registration: DUR 200B
Chassis Number: HBJ8-27792
Engine Number: 29K-RU-H-2958
Number of cylinders: 6
CC: 2912cc
Year of Manufacture: 1964
Estimate (£): 34,000 - 38,000
Sold for (£): 42,000

The Austin-Healey 3000 is a British sports car built from 1959 to 1967, and is the best known of the "big" Healey models. The car's bodywork was made by Jensen Motors, and the vehicles were assembled at the BMC Abingdon works.

The 3000 was a successful car which won its class in many European rallies in its heyday, and is still used in competition by enthusiasts today. Its long competition history saw the 3000 race at most major racing circuits around the world, including Sebring, Le Mans, and Mount Panorama Circuit, Bathurst. The BMC competitions department successfully 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'.

The 3000 Mark III was launched in October 1963, and remained in production until the end of 1967 when production of Austin-Healey's ceased. Classified as the BJ8, the new model was the most powerful and luxurious of the big Healeys, with a walnut-veneer dash, wind-up windows, and a 150hp engine. Improvements to the engine included a new camshaft and valve springs, and twin SU 2" HD8 carburettors, together with a new design of exhaust system. Servo-assisted brakes were now fitted as standard. Only 2+2 seat versions were made.

‘DUR 200B' is certainly a best-of-breed example of this much sought after motorcar. Offered for sale from a fastidious private owner, this car is in truly exemplary order and one any enthusiast would be proud to own. The vendor has uncovered evidence of the cars history from as early as 1978 when the car was registered to a company director in Huddersfield. Come 1979, David Royle Vintage Motor Car Restoration received the car for a period of two years to enhance and improve the car. Correspondence between the then owner and David Royle see the car returned to the owner in late 1981 with a full bill of health. The history continues in 1994 with an MoT test certificate issued in Huddersfield showing mileage of just 50,786. This was to increase only marginally to 51,104 miles in the period to September 1999 with numerous small invoices for the likes of a new exhaust system, reconditioning of steering box, replacement of water pump, new brake discs and the strip down, clean, rebuild and balance of the carburettors.

In 2002, after the car had passed to a new owner and been treated to the fitment of a luggage rack and wood rim steering wheel, DUR 200B was entrusted to The Northern Healey Centre for what would become a 3 year and £13,500 restoration incorporating extensive structural and cosmetic enhancement, the particulars of which are documented on the work sheets accompanying the car. The result is a car which presents in almost better than new condition and is reported to deliver an exceptional driving experience, delivering impressive performance.

Because the vendor lives abroad much of the year, he regrets he does not get to use the car as much as he would like. This car is offered for sale with current MoT test certificate and UK V5C registration document.  This car has been incredibly sensibly guided and is deserving of considerable attention today...