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Imperial War Museum, Duxford

 
  Lot 45
 

1966 Austin-Healey 3000 MKIII Phase II
1 of just 1,038 RHD examples made

Sold for £51,750

(including buyers premium)


Lot details

Registration No: ETM 836D
Chassis No: HBJ834472
MOT: April 2023

  • Finished in what many consider the best colour combination of Ice Blue Metallic over Old English White
  • A home market car with matching chassis and engine numbers
  • Subtly uprated with competition overdrive and a Kenlowe fan
  • A real credit to the care with which it was restored from 2000 - 2002

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. Of the 17,712 MKIIIs built, just 1,038 are understood to have been to RHD, Phase Two specification.

Reportedly supplied new in Bedfordshire (hence the ‘TM’ part of its registration number), this particular example is understood to have been stored for thirteen years before undergoing an extensive, ‘bare metal’ restoration from May 2000 – June 2002. Much of the work is chronicled across two accompanying photo albums. Some twenty years on, the Austin-Healey’s current condition is a true testament to the skill of those responsible. Finished in what many consider to be the best colour combination of Ice Blue Metallic over Old English White, the 2+2-seater is trimmed in Dark Blue with a matching soft-top and Black carpets. Fitted with overdrive (an option on home market cars), it has been uprated with a competition-style unit that is activated via a flick switch on the gearlever. Other nice touches include a wood-rimmed Moto-Lita steering wheel and Kenlowe fan for better cooling. Under the bonnet, the ‘matching numbers’ straight-six engine sports a polished and engraved rocker cover with the words ‘Austin Healey’ picked out in red.

Starting readily upon inspection and running nicely, ‘ETM 836D’ has been regularly MOT tested and greased in recent years with its last oil change occurring less than 100 miles ago at an indicated 12,552 miles. The most civilised of the Big Healeys but still possessing charisma to spare, the 3000 MkIII Phase Two cars are rightly sought after with this home market, matching chassis and engine numbers machine having much to recommend it. Offered for sale with V5C Registration Document, restoration photo albums and assorted bills not to mention a variety of marque books.

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

 

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