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If ever a classic sportscar took Britain’s passion for motorsport and planted it into the timber steering wheel wielding, goggle and leather glove clad weekend driver, it was the Austin Healey 3000.
Launched in 1959, the Austin Healey is a low slung, stylish brute of a sportscar with a raw style of power delivery that’s helped it to amass a global cult following and fill scores of trophy of cabinets in the process.
Equipped with roll-up side windows, chrome wire wheels and an easily operable soft top one of the most collectable Austin Healey’s to own, drive and collect is the 3000 BJ8 Mk III as it was the most developed and among the very last cars to leave production line before the company closed its doors in 1968.
Fitted with a potent 2.9 litre 150 hp 6-cylinder engine and 4 speed manual overdrive transmission, as well as disc brakes this “last of/best of” edition Healey also featured chassis and handling upgrades that increased top speed to 121mph and the 0-60mph time now dipped below 10 seconds.
The beautifully restored, original right-hand-drive Austin Healey 3000 BJ8 offered was sold new to Car Mart Ltd, London on the 23rd March, 1964 optioned with wire wheels, adjustable steering column, a laminated windscreen, roadspeed tyres, heater, overdrive and a tonneau cover.
Believed to be 1 of just 100 UK delivered cars, this stunning Healey was painstakingly and professionally restored from the ground-up in the late 1990’s.
With the body reworked by specialists, the Healey Factory and the entire running gear restored by Sydney based specialists, Butler and Rudd today this rare car not only carries a sporting, assertive and perfectly classic road presence but the drive does nothing if not make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end with every trip.
Meticulously maintained post restoration, today this car still presents in outstanding condition. All the small but important details are correct; the firm bucket seats stick the driver to the centre of the car, the interior trim shows minimal signs of age with the timber steering wheel in pristine condition and outside the bodywork is gun-barrel straight.
Accompanied by the heritage certificate, a framed and detailed write-up of the restoration and history and the original manuals this Austin Healey is something quite special.
Offered in turn-key condition this rare and unrivalled sports classic is perfect for weekend escapes into the mountains and equally as capable at wetting appetites on the concours lawn.
One for the driver and the savvy collector, this last of Austin Healey 3000 Mk III is one of the most engaging cars we’ve had the opportunity to bring to market. A viewing is a must.