Wed, 27th Jul 2022 13:00

Pavilion Gardens, Buxton

  Lot 59

1963 Austin-Healey 3000 MkII
Extensively restored

Sold for £50,625

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: XHH 281
Chassis No: HBJ721881
MOT: Exempt

  • Subject to an extensive bodywork restoration and repaint by Body Beautiful Ltd of Bridgenorth
  • Large collection of invoices from marque specialists and CD of the restoration
  • 1 of the nicest MkIIs we have encountered
  • UK supplied home market example finished in Colorado Red with a Black interior
  • 1 of 6,113 BJ7 variants produced and only 1 of 455 RHD cars made.
  • Retrimmed interior with new hood and hood cover

Introduced in February 1962, the 3000 MkII 2+2 'BJ7' model (unofficially known as the MkIIa) offered much of the raw character found in earlier Big Healeys but with the addition of new creature comforts and several chassis design refinements. Thus, the 'BJ7' pioneered luxuries such as wind-up windows and other new features. Its independent wishbone front suspension gained stiffer coil springs and it benefited from an improved, more direct steering box, and the 2912cc, straight-six engine switched to a twin carburettor set-up. With a reputed 132bhp and 170lbft of torque available performance was suitably impressive. The American magazine 'Sports Car Illustrated' noting with some delight that the speedometer needle could be wound beyond its final 120mph marking. To cope with such antics, Girling front discs and generous rear drums were fitted as standard. These crossover cars are much sort after for the combination of some of the best features from the earlier and later models.

This has to be one of the nicest MkIIs we have encountered. 'XHH 281' is a right-hand drive UK supplied 'home market' example and believed to be 1 of just 6,113 BJ7 variants produced and only 1 of 455 RHD cars made. Attractively finished in the iconic Colorado Red with a contrasting Black interior, the car has, sadly, become available from a deceased estate following long term ownership. In 2012 the Healey was the subject of an extensive bodywork restoration and repaint by Body Beautiful Ltd of Bridgenorth, Shropshire. There is a CD full of photographs documenting the restoration process. As part of the schedule of work, the car was given a retrimmed interior with a new hood and hood cover. In addition, chromework was revitalised with chrome from SC Parts. There is a large collection of invoices for the work and from marque specialists, including AH Spares Limited plus original Green logbook and a collection of old MOTs. This delightful Healey is currently graded by the vendor as ‘Excellent’ in regards to the engine, gearbox, bodywork, paintwork and interior.

For more information, please contact:
James McWilliam
07943 584760


All successful bids must be paid in full by midday the day after the auction at the latest.

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Auction: Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, Wed, 27th Jul 2022


Tuesday 26th July 2022 from 12pm to 6pm
Wednesday 27th July 2022 from 9am

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