1967 Austin-Healey BJ8 Mk. III Phase IISOLD

Mk. III Phase II, Restored in Original British Racing Green with Black

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Engine Type: Straight 6
Engine Number:29K/RU/H15194
Color:British Racing Green / Black Leather

Reference Number 11887

as of 7/31/2007

Overview
Car 1967 Austin-Healey BJ8 Mk. III Phase II
VIN HBJ8L/40580 
Exterior / Interior Color      British Racing Green /      Black 
Mileage 27,002 miles 
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Known History

 

This car is not currently located at Fantasy Junction.

 

1967 Austin Healey Mark III 3000 Phase II BJ8

s/n HBJ8L/40580 Engine no. 29K/RU/H15194

British Racing Green with Black Leather Interior

 

The Phase II BJ8 version of the Austin-Healey Mk. III 3000 is the ultimate development of the long line of four and six-cylinder `big Healey`, and represents significant advances over earlier models. The originally introduced in 1952 to fill the large gap between cars like the Triumph TR2 and MG TD and cars like the Jaguar XK-120, the earliest of these Healeys, the 100/4, was powered by a four-cylinder engine derived from those used in Austin A90 Saloons. By 1956, car had become the 100-Six, which was powered by a 2.7 litre six cylinder engine, which would grow to nearly three litres for 1959. By the time this Mk. III example was produced, the car had grown considerably. Power was now approximately 150hp, and the interior was quite luxurious. Gone was the metal dashboard and folding flat windscreen, which were replaced with a burled walnut dashboard, fixed curved windscreen, and even a pair of small back seats were added.

 

This particular car has been with its current owner since 1984, when he bought it in Texas in complete running but used condition. Between 1984, and 1999 when the restoration was started, the car was in storage and was not driven. The restoration was very comprehensive and done to good standards and included the renewal of most major mechanical and cosmetic systems. The most recent work is a comprehensive engine rebuild that included the valve train, valves, guides, hardened seats (for use with unleaded gasoline), new pistons, rings, bearings, and seals. The water pump and clutch were also replaced. The owner reports that the total cost for all work was nearly $60,000, including many hours of his own time.

 

Consequently, the car is in good restored condition with nice paint that was completed in a fashion that would have been used when the car was new, before the advent of clearcoat. Thus it is very responsive to polishing and can actually be worked. The panels fit well and are straight with no waviness or corrosion to speak of. There are a few chips that have been touched up and a very small crack near the trunk lid hinge, but no other significant blemishes. The chrome is very good to excellent throughout and appears to have been entirely redone except on the windscreen frame and door top finishers, which are very good but not quite as nice as the freshly redone bumpers, grille, and other components. Unlike many Healeys, this car wears more correct painted wire wheels instead of chromed ones, though the spinners are chrome. These ones are original special order optional 72-spoke items, which are more robust than the standard ones. These were trued and powder-coated as part of the restoration. The lights and lenses are in very nice condition, including the desirable Lucas accessory lamps. The glass is also in very nice condition with minimal wear. There is an accessory badge bar fitted as well.

 

The interior has been redone well in standards that probably exceed the original build quality. The seats are leather and the somewhat crude original rubber shift boot has been replaced with a leather item in this car. The dashboard is nice with a restored dash top and wood, and restored gauges and switches. The door panels and carpets have been redone as well, to good standards. The door jambs have been restored and look very nice. A pair of racing-type lap seat belts has been fitted.

 

The engine compartment and trunk have both been restored. The trunk contains the correct type spare tire hold-down and tire bag, and the engine compartment is clean and largely stock, with the exception of an attractive polished valve cover.

 

The underside is not detailed, but does look recently restored and is almost completely rust free, with just one area that appears to have been sealed. It is solid and structurally sound. There is a performance exhaust system fitted and this car`s exhaust note is certainly among the better sounding Healey`s we have encountered.

 

This is an opportunity to acquire a nice usable example of this, the ultimate iteration of Austin Healey?s flagship model. Featuring the plusher interior, larger displacement version of the famously lusty inline-6, and front disc brakes, this car is very usable today, without sacrificing the inimitable British motoring experience. The restoration on this particular car strikes a nice balance between beautiful street presence and usability that is sure to make this car among the new owner`s favorite cars to actually drive. Moreover, with show condition BJ8?s reaching well over $100,000, and this car available significantly less than the cost of replication, this car makes financial sense as well, especially with the strong market that British sports cars are enjoying right now.