Lot 375: 1965 Austin Healey 3000 MKIII BJ8 Phase 2
Donald Healey was active in motor sport well before World War II, his achievements including an outright win with an Invicta in the Monte Carlo Rally and no less than six Alpine Cups. He drove and designed cars for Triumph from 1934 to 1939, but after the war he decided to go it alone and produced a series of sports cars using Riley and Nash engines that soon ran up an impressive number of successes in events such as the Targa Florio, the Mille Miglia and the 24 hour races at Spa and Le Mans. In 1952 he showed his Healey 100 at the London Motor Show. This used the four cylinder, 2.6 litre Austin A90 engine and, by the time the show closed, Healey had been signed up by the Austin Motor Co., which would make the car as the Austin Healey. The ultimate Healey model came in early 1964 with the introduction of the BJ8, the 3000 Mk III. The car incorporated myriad changes, most notably increased power, twin 2" SUs, revised exhaust system, new dash design, electronic tachometer and vacuum brake servo. The interior was far more refined: for example, the old steel dash panel was replaced with wood veneer, the seats covered in real leather and a useful console placed between the front seats. This example was the actual car presented at the 1965 New York Automobile Show from where it was purchased by its current owner and it has resided with him since making this MkIII a one owner from new car. Closer inspectioin reveals an exceptionally originally example that has never required any major structural restoration work. The car is fitted with a period Motilita steering wheel, 4 new Yokohama tyres and is accompanied by a BM Heritage Certificate, original Nevada registration papers and customs entry paperwork dated 1988.L'esemplare offerto proprio quello che stato esposto al Salone dell'Auto di New York del 1965, dove stato acquistato dall'attuale ed unico proprietario; una placca all'interno del vano motore testimonia la partecipazione all'importantissimo evento. La vettura si presenta in eccezionali condizioni di originalit, e non ha mai necessitato di radicali interventi di restauro. E' equipaggiata con un volante Motolita d'epoca, e di recente sono stati sostituiti i pneumatici. L'auto conserva ancora le targhe statunitensi, stata sdoganata nel 1988, ed corredata dal certificato d'origine del BMC Heritage Trust.
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