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Lot 358: Austin-Healey 3000 MKIII Sports Convertible

Motorcycle and Motorcars, Bonhams & Butterfields (14 November 2009)

The final "big Healey" 3000 Mk III of 1967 fully retained the essence of its curvaceous long hood/short deck progenitor, the Austin-Healey 100/4 sports convertible of 1953.

Designed as a sports car and indeed quite successful in rallying and racing, the Austin- Healey had by the mid-1960s evolved into the fully civilized 3000 Mk III. Equipped with roll-up side windows, this 2+2 tourer was quite enjoyable for daily drivingwhile its 2912cc 150hp twin-carb six-cylinder engine and four-speed manual overdrive transmission provided performance worthy of its sporting heritage. Shortly after the Mk III was introduced in 1964, "Phase II" upgrades were added that would further enhance the ride and handling of all subsequent Mk III BJ8 series chassis through 1967.

Acclaimed Healey specialist Kurt Tanner's shop has very recently completed the extensive show restoration of this offered example. The project began with an original car, obtained from the second owner. The car had originally been purchased in Ventura, California and remained with its original owner until it was purchased by its second owner in 1982 who moved the car to northwestern Illinois.

The Tanner crew stripped the Healey to bare metal in preparation for its fresh Ice Blue basecoat/clearcoat paint. Chromed parts were replated or replaced with reproductions. The car's newly manufactured 60-spoke stainless/chrome wire wheels are fitted with new 175x15 radial tires and tubes and are secured by new knockoffs to a mix of new and excellent low-mileage hubs.

The completely refurbished interior is correctly done in navy blue Ambla leatherette, with a matching top and boot cover. Seats were rebuilt from the springs out. Beautifully restored and detailed, the instrumentation is set into a new walnut dashboard fascia. The proper "Everflex" top was installed over a power-coated top frame, with a new boot cover and bag of the same material. The boot itself is likewise authentically detailed, with an Armacord kit installation providing a factory-fresh appearance.

According to the vendor, the Mk III has been mechanically inspected, repaired and restored as necessary, resulting in a vehicle that runs, drive, steer and stops "as per the original cars' performance." The electrics have been attended to with new wiring and restored components, while fuel and braking systems received similarly comprehensive attention. New suspension components and a new stainless steel exhaust system are also fitted.

A British Motor Industry Heritage Trust certificate verifies the car is numbers mutching.

Representing the finest flowering of a most desirable post-WWII British sports cars, this newly restored and exquisitely turned out "Big Healey" is poised to bring to a new owner many pleasurable and memorable experiences.

A California title will accompany the car.

Lot Details
Auction Motorcycle and Motorcars
Bonhams & Butterfields, Los Angeles
Lot Number358
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Condition rating0
Registration number
Chassis numberHBJ8-L/38206
Engine number29K/RU/H
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Engine - cylinders
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