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1966 Austin Healey 3000 MKIII BJ8 PHOTOGRAPHY BY Bill Pack
Estimate: $80,000 - $100,000 USD
  • 1966
  • Austin Healey
  • 3000 MKIII BJ8
  • HBJ8L34377
  • Colorado Red and Black
  • Black
  • Restored
  • Matching numbers
  • Original colors,
  • Factory wire wheels
  • 4-speed with overdrive

Beautiful Classic British Roadster

Colorado Red with black leather. 3.0 litre in-line 6 cylinder engine with twin S. U. carburetors. 4 speed gear box with optional overdrive. full folding convertible top. wind up windows. walnut dash. factory wire wheels. BMIHT Heritage certificate. matching numbers throughout and presented in it's original colors.

This Car's Past

Built in December 1965 then sold new in San Francisco, little is known of the history of this spectacular Healey roadster, until it was restored by Fourintune Garage in 1996. It was subsequently kept in several private collections and used sparingly. In 2015 it was purchased by G And S Motors of Fletcher NC and given, serviced and mechanically sorted, then sold to a North Carolina collector. Finally an enthusiast who wanted to drive the car, he used it frequently and enjoyed a car which remained mechanically sound and cosmetically excellent. The onset of several physical injuries have forced the current owner's reluctant sale and the car was once again serviced and sorted into the condition seen today.

History of the Model

The Austin-Healey 100 debuted in 1953 to instant acclaim. The car filled the void between the entry level MG’s and the upper level Jaguars and Aston Martin’s available at the time. The basic 2-seater roadster powered by a 2,660 cc inline-4 provided sufficient power to reach a top speed just in excess of 100 mph. For 1956, Austin-Healey introduced a new model called the 100-6. The 100-6 used the same basic architecture of the 100 but on a slightly stretched wheelbase fitted with an inline-6 producing 102 hp. In the spring of 1959 the 100-6 was replaced with the 3000, an evolutionary change of the 100-6 styling and engineering now fitted with an inline-6 displacing 2912 cc and produced 112 hp and fitted with front disk brakes. The bigger engine was the reason for the car’s designation as the “Big Healey” especially against the company’s other offering at the time the diminutive Sprite. The final iteration of the Austin-Healey 3000 was the MkIII version of 1964. Power was up again, this time to 150 horsepower and the cockpit was extensively revised to make the 3000 MkIII the most luxurious of all big Healeys.

Restoration History

Received a nut and bolt restoration in 1996 by renowned Austin Healey specialists Fourintune Garage of Cedarburg Wisconsin. Has been sparingly used and mechanically maintained since that time, with seemingly little use. Recent mechanical service and sorting by Ned Gallaher of G And S Motors, Fletcher North Carolina.

Market Trend

For several years, Austin Healey BJ8's restored to this standard have consistently sold at auction from $80,000 to well over $100,000. Though probably not an investment for someone seeking a handsome return, a car of this quality is certainly a safe bet for someone who wants to enjoy a spectacular car that won't depreciate.

Summary

A wonderful example of an iconic collectable and thrilling car to drive. With an overdrive transmission, factory wire wheels and a matching numbers drive train, this Austin Healey BJ8 ticks all of the boxes.

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