This is a stunning, recently restored example of the most desirable version of the Healey 3000 Series in the most desirable colour combination.
The Austin-Healey 3000 was built from 1959 to 1967 and is the best known of the 'big' Healey models. The car's bodywork was made by Jensen Motors and the vehicles were assembled at the BMC Abingdon works. The 3000 was a successful car which won its class in many European rallies during its heyday and also ran at Le Mans during that period. The Healey's fantastic rallying pedigree cemented its reputation for durability and toughness, recalling the likes of Pat Moss, Ann Wisdom, Timo Makinen and Paddy Hopkirk to name but a few. As such, it's still used in competition by enthusiasts today.
The 3000 Mk. III was launched in October 1963 and remained in production until the end of 1967 when production of Austin-Healeys ceased. Classified as the BJ8, the new model was the most powerful and luxurious of the big Healeys with a walnut veneer dash, wind-up windows and a 150bhp engine. Improvements to the engine included a revised camshaft, valve springs and twin SU 2" HD8 carburettors together with a redesigned exhaust system and servo-assisted brakes.
This delightfully handsome Austin-Healey has been repatriated from Canada and is now UK registered. The two-tone blue and white paintwork is in beautiful condition as is the interior trim and wooden dashboard. Clearly this is a car that has been well cared for with straight body panels and showing no sign of corrosion. The 2992cc engine starts easily and runs smoothly with no adverse noises or rattles and with good oil pressure. These six-cylinder engines are robust reliable units and are capable of a brisk performance. Sitting proudly on chrome wire wheels, this 3000 Mk.III is certainly one of the better examples we have seen. This is in no doubt due to the circa £20,000 spent at Bill Rawles Austin Healey specialist in 2018. Work carried out at this time includes uprated radiator and fan, alternator conversion electronic distributor and high torque starter. Further increasing this cars reliability and everyday drivability.
Supplied with a V5C and a MoT test certificate valid until February 2019, this left hand drive Austin-Healey would be an ideal car to tour Europe with, or simply blast about the english countryside in the sunshine. Whatever you decide it is ready to be pressed in to immediate use and will not be here for long.