16th Mar, 2022 13:00

Imperial War Museum, Duxford

 
Lot 71
 

1966 Austin-Healey 3000 MkIII

Sold for £72,000

(including buyers premium)


Lot details

Registration No: GVU 315D
Chassis No: HBJ8-L/36116
MOT: Exempt

  • Finished in the iconic combination of Ice Blue over Old English White with Grey / Blue upholstery
  • The subject of an extensive, ground up restoration during 2013 - 2015 and still highly presentable
  • Matching chassis and engine numbers
  • Large history file complete with Heritage Certificate plus CD and invoices detailing its renovation

A significant step in terms of 'Big Healey' evolution and foundation block for one of the 1960s' most charismatic rally cars, the 3000 MkI was introduced in March 1959. Powered by an enlarged 2912cc version of BMC’s C-Series straight-six engine that developed some 124bhp and 167lbft of torque, it could be had in two-seater (BN7) or 2+2 seater (BT7) configurations. Progressively improved, the 3000 metamorphosed through MkII and MkIIa guises before the arrival of the ultimate MkIII BJ8 in October 1963. Boasting a centre console, proper convertible hood, wood veneer dashboard, redesigned exhaust system and wind-up windows, the 2+2 seater BJ8 proved a comfortable and fast grand tourer. With engine output boosted to 148bhp and 165lbft of torque thanks to a new camshaft and better valve springs etc, its reputed 124mph top speed was accessed via a four-speed manual gearbox. Last of the line, the Phase Two variant benefited from redesigned rear suspension, strengthened splined hubs and larger diameter front disc brakes.

Finished in the arguably the best colour combination for a Big Healey – Ice Blue over Old English White – HBJ8L36116 spent much of its life in a dry American state before being repatriated and treated to ‘a comprehensive, ground up cosmetic and mechanical restoration between 2013 and 2015 with accompanying invoices and CD of photos’. For anyone who has put enough home market cars on a ramp and seen what patchwork quilts their chassis can become, the time that ‘GVU 315D’ spent Stateside is a definite plus. Riding on stainless steel wire wheels and boasting ‘a stunning interior’, the 2+2-seater further benefits from overdrive and a full tonneau. Said to be ‘driving well’ and to possess ‘a large history file’, this decidedly handsome BJ8 has had just one registered UK keeper and is worthy of close inspection.

For more information, please contact:
Damian Jones
damian.jones@handh.co.uk
07855 493737

 

Auction: Imperial War Museum, Duxford, 16th Mar, 2022

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