Wed, 20th Apr 2016 13:30

Imperial War Museum Duxford

  Lot 59

1965 Austin-Healey 3000 MKIII

Sold for £45,000

(including buyers premium)

Lot details
Registration No: JPP652C
Chassis No: HBJ831785
Mot Expiry: March 2017

According to its accompanying Heritage Certificate, 'JPP 652C' is a home market Healey built between May 18 and 20 in 1965 before being delivered to the supplying dealer H A Saunders of Finchley, London. It was a well specified example whose factory-fitted equipment included overdrive, laminated windscreen, wire wheels, adjustable steering column, heater and tonneau cover. It was apparently converted for rally use in 1968, at which point it seems to have gained the Works engine XSP2157-3, complete with correct inlet manifold and numbered trio of 45DCOE Weber carburettors (the sister engine XSP2157-2 is understood to be fitted to '767 KNX', the famous 1964 lightweight Works MKII 3000). A set of Works magnesium wheels were procured at the same time - ie during the closure of the BMC Competition Department.

The Healey was owned by the same family from 1976 to 2015, the head of which purchased it to use in Lloyds of London Car Club events. Around 1991 he had it overhauled and converted to a friendlier road specification for his retirement, at which point it is thought the aluminium cylinder head was replaced by a ported and polished steel example. This keeper passed away in 1992, following which the car remained virtually unused until purchased from his son by the vendor in 2015. Recent recommissioning has included a new fuel pump and battery and overhaul of the carburettors and braking system, plus new fluids throughout.

This interesting 3000 nowadays features a roll-over bar and side exit exhaust and is now offered complete with the aforementioned Heritage Certificate, DVLA ownership print-out, photo of the vehicle in 1976, current V5C and fresh MOT certificate. It is presented in Ivory White complemented by Blue trim and hood and currently displays a total mileage of just 26,658 which, though unwarranted, is believed by the vendor to be correct.

PLEASE NOTE: The vendor has advised the following are included in the sale:

- Tonneau cover
- High ratio diff unit
- Original fitted Lucas spotlights
- Old MoT certificate
- Austin Healey 3000 manual
- Overhauled original distributor
- Instruction manual for 8 track stereo

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