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Lot 278: Austin-Healey 3000 MkIII Phase II Roadster

Goodwood Festival of Speed, Bonhams (29 June 2012)

Launched at the New York Motor Show in March 1959, the Austin-Healey 3000 retained the muscular good looks of its 100/6 predecessor while providing a useful increase in performance thanks to a larger-capacity version of the long-established C-Series engine. Bored to 2,912cc, the latter produced 124bhp, good enough for a top speed of 114mph with the optional hardtop in place. Otherwise, the car was much as before, though Girling front disc brakes were a welcome improvement. Introduced in 1961, the MkII in Convertible form brought improved practicality courtesy of a fixed foldaway top and winding windows. From now until the end of production the only 3000 model available would be the 2+2, the less popular two-seat version having been dropped. The 3000 MkIII with 148bhp engine appeared early in 1964, to be followed later in the year by the Phase II version with increased ground clearance – addressing a long-term criticism – and revised rear suspension incorporating twin radius arms instead of a Panhard rod. Top speed was now 121mph and the 0-60mph time dipped below 10 seconds. Despite the heritage of the basic design the big Healey remained as popular as ever, though increasingly stringent safety and emissions legislation meant that its days were numbered. By the time production ended in December 1967, the MKIII Phase II proved by far the most popular variant built. This superb Phase II was the subject of a comprehensive restoration completed in 2005 and is attractively finished in British Racing Green with black interior. Rebuilt at that time, the engine received new piston rings; crankshaft bearings; camshaft and cam followers; overhauled oil pump; and overhauled cylinder head complete with new rocker shaft, bushes, valves and valve springs. The gearbox and 3.54:1 ratio differential were overhauled and the clutch and prop shaft universal joints replaced. Both the suspension and braking systems were treated to a complete overhaul and the carburettors, starter motor, distributor and dynamo reconditioned. A new wiring loom was installed and the instruments re-calibrated, including the speedometer. Aluminium wings, all leather interior trim and stainless steel exhaust system, fasteners, hose clips and brake pipes are desirable non-standard features. 'LJG 99E' has achieved two class wins in Aston Martin Owners Club concours d'élegance events and is described as in 'mint' condition. In the immediately preceding ownership since 1974 and owned by the current vendor since 2007, it comes with a photographic record of the restoration, original green logbook, sundry service invoices, MoT test certificates dating back to 1971, Swansea V5C registration document and current MoT. Big Healeys are becoming ever more popular and this example – bearing in mind restoration costs – is highly recommended.

Lot Details
Auction Goodwood Festival of Speed
Bonhams, Chichester, Goodwood,UK
Lot Number278
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£55000
Hammer Price (inc premium)£63100
Condition rating1
Registration numberLJG 99
Chassis numberHBJ8-41532
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2