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Ice Blue Metallic | Roadster | 4 Speed Manual Overdrive | 2.9 litre 6 cylinder | 59,467 miles | SOLD
Launched at the New York Motor Show in March of 1959, the first of the “Big Healeys”, the Austin-Healey 3000 retained the muscular good looks of its 100/6 predecessor while providing a seriously usable increase in performance as well as all new Girling front disc brakes for far superior stopping power.
The most powerful and luxurious of the big Healey’s is the 3000 MkIII Phase II that appeared late in 1964, the very last model to leave the Healey production line before the factory doors were closed in 1968.
Producing a whopping 150hp and well known for its torquey character this “last of” edition Healey dipped below 10 seconds for the 0-100km/h sprint on its way to a 194 km/h top speed with the optional hard top fitted.
The unique car offered is an original RHD MkIII Phase II BJ8 delivered new to its original owner of Buckhurst Hall, UK in July of 1965 optioned with wire wheels, a 3.5 inch differential and radio.
Presented in iconic Ice Blue Metallic with contrasting cream hard-top over Dark Navy trim this engaging and excellently well maintained Healey arrived in Australia as a very original and dry example in 2008.
Subject to an extensive professional bare metal restoration from 2008-2010 with the interior trim completed by expert, Garry Blackman using original parts, some sporting improvements were made to the body including Rally style guard vents, deck lid, scuttle vents, headlights with period correct buckets & trim rings, grille & air vents, as well as flared guards all meticulously fitted and period correct.
The style was adopted from the international Alpine rally dominating Austin Healey’s of the 1960’s. A time where Healey’s earnt the reputation of being “the last “sports” car to be a successful rally car” (Geoffrey Healey, 1996).
The factory hard-top was added too, believed to be 1 of just 200 ever produced, so to were larger extractors, an electronic ignition system for easy cold morning starts and a neatly finished air-conditioning system hidden within the suede covered dash perfect to escape the heat on summer Sunday afternoon drives.
The expert level of craftsmanship offered with this Healey cannot be understated. Within the cockpit it’s all of the small details like the re-built toggle switches that never lose their novelty, the original driver sticking bucket seats still firm to the touch and the rifle like gear change that make this car something extra special.
Outside, the panel fit is exceptional as well, the paintwork, now nearly 10 years old is still like glass and the aggressive/perfectly sports classic road presence is neatly finished off with a brand new set of chrome wire wheels.
Accompanying the car is a detailed history file with receipts for the restoration, ownership information and an original, hard to find Austin Healey MkIII brochure from 1964.
Not just the last Austin Healey model ever produced, this original RHD MkIII BJ8 is also one of the best presented and best performing Healey’s we’ve ever seen.
Perfectly prepped for your next weekend adventure, this stunning Austin Healey is a must, not just for the savvy collector but the classic driver in all of us.