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Lot Number
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1965 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III 'BJ8' Sport Convertible
Scottsdale Auction

Offered Without Reserve

ESTIMATE: $70,000 - $90,000
CHASSIS NO: HBJ8L30063
• Final-series example of the beloved 'Big Healey'
• Restored by Tom Rocke, the late marque expert at Healey Lane
• Original LHD, North American model retaining original colors
• Equipped with desirable original features including overdrive
• Accompanied by miscellaneous spare parts, BMIHT Certificate and restoration photo album

2,912 cc OHV inline six-cylinder engine, dual SU carburetors, 150 HP, four-speed manual gearbox with overdrive, independent front suspension with wishbones and coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, hydraulic front disc, rear drum brakes; wheelbase: 92"


Noted British racer and constructor Donald Healey’s ‘Hundred’ sports roadster was created in 1952 for display at the Earls Court (London) Motor Show and skillfully combined a chassis designed by Barry Bilbie with sleek envelope-type bodywork penned by Gerry Coker and Austin’s A90 Atlantic-derived four-cylinder engine powering it. BMC’s Leonard Lord quickly struck a deal with Healey for series-production by Austin and one of the finest British sporting roadsters was born. In 1956, the six-cylinder 100/6 arrived and then for 1959, the engine was enlarged to 3.0 litres and front disc brakes were added. The resulting Austin-Healey 3000 was an immediate success – both on and off the track.

Enthusiasts on both sides of the Atlantic fell in love with the new Austin-Healey 3000 from the beginning. Road & Track editors called it “…an enthusiast’s sports car that was fun to drive with lots of performance and good handling and braking characteristics.” A subsequent review of the Mark III by UK magazine The Autocar was equally favorable, prophetically finding it “…tractable, capable of an immense amount of hard work with reasonable economy, it will still have its devotees long after production has ceased.”

The final version of the 'Big Healey', so named in comparison to its smaller sibling, the Austin-Healey Sprite, was the Mark III 'BJ8', introduced in 1963 and built in Phase I and improved Phase II forms through 1967. With its twin two-inch SU carburetors, the well-developed 2,912 cc six-cylinder engine produced 148-150 horsepower, providing acceleration from rest to 60 mph under 10 seconds and top speeds over 120 mph. Other improvements included a revised exhaust system and standard vacuum brake booster. Additionally, cockpits were more luxurious with a wood-faced dash and console, plus the roll-up side windows of the prior 'BJ7'.

According to its corresponding British Motor Industry Heritage Trust (BMIHT) Certificate, this 1965 Austin-Healey 3000 Mark III Roadster is an original, left-hand drive export model that was factory-finished in Colorado Red over black trim. Built November 20-23, 1964, it was shipped to the United States on December 18, 1964. Desirable factory-fitted equipment included wire wheels, a heater, laminated windscreen, overdrive, adjustable steering column, whitewall tires, a black convertible top, and black tonneau cover. While subsequent history remains unknown at this time, the Healey found its way by 2007 to Tom and Randee Rocke, the well-known marque experts and restorers at Healey Lane in Riverside, California.

Retaining its matching numbers engine as listed on the BMIHT Certificate, the Healey was comprehensively restored from the ground up and refinished in its eye-catching original color, Colorado Red, using two-stage urethane paint. During the restoration of the Austin-Healey, all mechanical systems, including the entire drivetrain, fuel system, electrical system, stainless-steel exhaust system, suspension, and brakes, were rebuilt or replaced as necessary. The interior was fitted with a refinished walnut dash, rebuilt original gauges, new black Ambla-covered seats with silver piping, and black carpets. A new windshield was installed, as were five chrome wheels with new tires. In addition to all these desirable features, the 'BJ8' comes with full photo-documentation, a written summary of the restoration work, original dealer service documents and the original driver's handbook. A truly important postwar British sporting legend, this very attractive 1965 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III 'BJ8' will make an excellent candidate for classic touring events or spirited and highly enjoyable weekend drives.

1965 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III 'BJ8' Sport Convertible
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