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1964 Austin Healey 3000 Mk III

Lot No.: 266

Registration: BYC 891B
Chassis Number: HBJ8L26891
Engine Number: 29KRUH1603
Number of cylinders: 6
CC: 2912
Year of Manufacture: 1964
RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Sold for (£): 45,000

A significant step in terms of 'Big Healey' evolution and the foundation block for one of the 1960s' most charismatic rally cars, the 3000 MKI was introduced in March 1959. Powered by an enlarged 2912cc version of BMC's C-Series straight-six engine that developed some 124bhp and 167lbft of torque, it was offered in two-seater (BN7) or 2+2 seater (BT7) configurations. Progressively improved, the 3000 metamorphosed through MkII and MKIIa guises before the arrival of the ultimate MkIII BJ8 in October 1963. Boasting a centre console, proper convertible hood, wood veneer dashboard, redesigned exhaust system and wind-up windows, the 2+2 seater BJ8 proved a comfortable and fast grand tourer. Engine output was boosted to 148bhp and 165lbft of torque thanks to a new higher lift camshaft, bigger valve springs, and twin 2” SU HD8 carburettors The cars four-speed gearbox (with optional overdrive) remained essentially the same but power-assisted braking became standard instead of optional. The new car's fascia displayed its speedometer and tachometer directly in front of the driver which made a lot of sense as the 150bhp car could comfortably slide past the car's advertised top speed of 124 mph. 

Looking fabulous in British Racing Green over Old English White, this 1964 Austin Healey 3000 MkIII (BJ8 Phase 1) was built for the North American market between 22nd April and the 1st of May 1964 and was dispatched from the factory on 29th May 1966 to San Francisco. Factory options at the time were wire wheels, a heater, adjustable steering column, Avon Roadspeed tyres, laminated windscreen, and overdrive. 

This car was repatriated to the UK and registered here on the 1st of November 1989 and subsequently was converted to right-hand drive. The quality of the paint finish is so good that the car has presumably been professionally painted at some point in the past however the BMIHT Certificate that accompanies the Healey states that its original finish was British Racing Green. The excellent interior is basically original, according to our vendor, and is predominantly black although the seating is piped in white. The car looks lovely with good shut lines, good paintwork and decent chrome and is set off nicely by the silver wires and wood rim Moto-Lita steering wheel.

A lot of information about the car's servicing and repairs is in the extensive history file, along with its Log Book, Heritage Certificate (confirming 'matching numbers') and a number of MOTs going back to the eighties helping to corroborate the indicated mileage of 104,463.

Big Healeys have become increasingly desirable recently and this, very usable, 3000 is an opportunity to find one at a potentially sensible level ready to be enjoyed.