1964 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III (BJ8) Sports Convertible SOLD

RM Vintage Motorcars in Arizona - Biltmore Resort & Spa, Friday January 19, 2007

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ESTIMATE: $60,000 - $80,000
OFFERED WITHOUT RESERVE

$27,500 Sold

150bhp, 2912cc. overhead valve inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual gearbox with overdrive, independent front suspension with wishbones and sway bars, rear live axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs and sway bars, power-assisted front disc with rear drum brakes. Wheelbase: 92 ”

Austin-Healey became known in the 1960s as the maker of affordable sports cars. Known primarily for the Sprite, an Austin-Healey was the next purchase after an MG or two, while saving for a Jaguar.

The final version of the “ big ” Healey sixes was the BJ8, introduced in 1963 and built through 1967. With twin two-inch SU HD8 carburetors, the 2912cc six produced 150hp (up from the 132-134hp in the prior model BJ7) and 173 ft-lb of torque. The Mk III also got a revised exhaust system that would actually clear a low speed bump without ripping itself to shreds, finally rectifying a situation that had plagued Austin-Healeys since 1953. Passenger accommodations included the rollup side windows introduced on the BJ7 three years earlier, and a more luxuriously trimmed interior with wood-faced dashboard and center console. Under the hood, a previously optional vacuum brake booster for the disc/drum brakes was made standard.

The BJ8 presented here is finished in British Racing Green with black “ Ambla ” trim and a black “ Everflex ” soft top. It is fitted with 60 spoke stainless and chrome wire wheels using correct-sized Michelin steel belted radial tires. During its total professional nut and bolt restoration, which was carried out to the highest standards, the body panels and chassis were stripped to bare metal. The chassis was then sealed, primed and painted with catalyzed polyurethane enamel. The panel fit is excellent. All mechanical components were restored or replaced without regard for expense. A new stainless steel exhaust was fitted and all chrome was replaced or re-plated.

BJ8s are considered the best of all “ Big Healeys, ” with their walnut dash, power assisted brakes, roll-up windows and wrap around windscreen. Having been driven less than 800 miles since completing the restoration, the BJ8
still very fresh and comes supplied with a photo album documenting the restoration, a spare tire and knock off hammer, a reprint of owner ’ s manual and a black Everflex top boot.

The Austin-Healey is widely recognized as a car that can be driven daily and enjoyed in a variety of activities from road tours to weekend cruises, while still retaining a sporting quality.

Reference Number 5745

as of 1/9/2007

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Car 1964 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III (BJ8) Sports Convertible
VIN HBJ8L27540 
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