Desirable early example with matching-numbers engine
Mechanically serviced and recently detailed
Documented by British Motoring Industry Heritage Trust certificate
Includes books, tools, and jack
The Austin-Healey 3000 series, first introduced in 1959, was an evolution of the celebrated Austin-Healey 100 sports car of the mid-1950s. For many collectors, this car, along with the Series 1 Jaguar E-Type, represents the pinnacle of the British sports car world.
This 1964 Mk III BJ8 Phase II is an excellent representative of the highest and final development of the celebrated “Big Healeys” before the model was discontinued in 1968. In almost every area, the 3000 Mk III Phase II was an improvement over the earlier 3000 models. The 2,912 cc six-cylinder engine was boosted to nearly 150 bhp and backed by a four-speed transmission, with overdrive as standard. The handling and stopping were also improved by radius arms at the rear axle and the addition of front disc brakes. Finally, the cockpit was upgraded with the addition of a heater, adjustable steering wheel, windshield washers, and wood fascia and center console between the seats. Even though it was more comfortable than previous offerings, the top speed of 120 mph made it the fastest of all the road-going Healeys.
According to its accompanying BMIHT certificate, this Austin-Healey 3000 was completed on 5 May 1964 and dispatched to New Orleans, Louisiana, on 27 May. The car was originally equipped with overdrive, wire wheels with whitewall tires, a heater, adjustable steering wheel, and black tonneau cover. The subject of a professional frame-off restoration in 2004, the car caught the eye of the current owner in 2017. Immediately after purchasing, he had the Austin-Healey thoroughly serviced to ensure a complete safety inspection. Among other things, the fuel pump and all fuel lines were replaced, and the front suspension was properly dialed-in.
Complete with books, tools, jack, and the requisite BMIHT certificate, this 3000 was recently detailed, guaranteeing that it will turn heads wherever it goes.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/mo19.