1966 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III (BJ8) Sports ConvertibleSOLD

RM Auction - Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island - March 10, 2007

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ESTIMATE: $65,000 - $85,000

OFFERED WITHOUT RESERVE

$66,000 Sold

Specifications:
150bhp, 2,912 cc, overhead valve inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with live rear axle, Girling front disc brakes and rear drums. Wheelbase: 92"

The first production Austin-Healeys appeared in July of 1959 with a 2,912 cubic centimeter six-cylinder engine shrouded in a handsome body built by Jensen. Mark I models sported a 124bhp engine capable of a top speed of 114mph. The Mark III BJ8 featured twin SU two-inch HD8 carburetors that pushed power up to the 150bhp mark and top speed to over 120mph.

Although it began life with a race car ’ s spartan interior, the 3000 adopted standard 2+2 seating for 1962 and the interior was completely redesigned in 1964, most notably with a more opulent wood veneer-trimmed dashboard. The braking system, featuring Girling front discs, was also improved with the addition of a servo.

Motoring enthusiasts on both sides of the Atlantic fell in love with the 3000 from the very beginning. Road & Track called it “ an enthusiast ’ s sports car that was fun to drive with lots of performance and good handling and braking characteristics. ” A subsequent review of the Mark III by the British magazine, The Autocar spoke prophetically, “ tractable, capable of an immense amount of hard work with reasonable economy, it will still have its devotees long after production has ceased. ”

The 1966 Austin-Healey 3000 BJ8 Mk III Sports Convertible presented here finished in black with a red interior received a complete, top quality restoration by marque experts BMC Classics of New Smyrna Beach, FL. Careful ownership throughout its life was made evident upon disassembly, as the BJ8 was found to be a very straight, rust free car.

As the vendor wanted an exceptional driving example, particular attention was paid to the mechanical part of the restoration. Since the restoration was completed in October of 2006, the Austin-Healey has been driven approximately 1,500 conscientious miles to ensure the car and its drivetrain were properly broken in.

Still fresh from the restoration, and fully sorted, the Sports Convertible is ready for anything. It would be an excellent candidate for a challenging 1,000-mile event, or for a weekend jaunt to the local British car show or club meet. Whatever the next owner chooses, this fine example is guaranteed not to disappoint.

Reference Number 7268

as of 2/19/2007

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Car 1966 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III (BJ8) Sports Convertible
VIN HBJ8L33636 
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