‘Big’ Austin Healey 3000 BJ8 in low-mileage condition

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Austin Healey
The 50-year-old Austin Healey 3000 has a style that still resonates today

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Model year 1967 was the end of the line for the Austin Healey 3000 (aka the “big” Healey as opposed to the teensy Sprite), with the final BJ8 being the most-powerful, luxurious and now most-sought-after version of the classic British sports car.

The Pick of the Day is a gleaming 1967 Austin Healey 3000 BJ8 Mk III with just over 55,000 miles on the odometer and said to be factory original, aside from a repaint to its correct British Racing Green.

Austin Healey
The BJ8 came with a polished burl-walnut dashboard

While some Healey fanatics prefer the simpler roadster form of the earlier models, the Mk III edition was quite an upgrade, boasting 150 horsepower from its 3.0-liter inline-6 engine – fed by a pair of large SU HD8 carburetors – an electric overdrive for highway cruising and an upgraded interior with burl-walnut dashboard trim.

“The big Healeys … were considered by many to be the nicest driving of all of the classic British sports cars; even after all of these years, this car is no exception,” notes the Allison Park, Pennsylvania, dealer advertising the Austin Healey on ClassicCars.com. “Even by today’s standards, performance is surprisingly good!”

The roots of the burly Healey started out in 1953 with the collaboration of renowned British engineer and car designer Donald Healey and the British Motor Corp., with a roadster originally powered by a large-displacement Austin inline-4, named the Austin Healey 100.

Austin Healey
The Healey has a pair of child-size seats in the back

In 1956, the joint venture replaced the four-banger with one of Austin’s venerable inline-6 engines. That was renamed the Austin Healey 100-6, with the first 3000 arriving in 1959 with the BN7 model.  The pushrod six-cylinder engine was simple but effective, with burly torque, smooth power delivery and a luscious exhaust note.

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From the start, the Austin Healey was designed as an affordable sports car that provided performance rivaling more-advanced and pricier roadsters, such as those from Jaguar.  A major draw for the Healey was its dashing body design that looked both sleek and muscular, a style that was especially popular in the US, which became the sports car’s strongest market.

This BJ8 looks to be in wonderful condition, and is ready to head out on the highway, according to the ad description, which notes that the car has had recent work done on the front suspension and steering, and the carburetors rebuilt.

Austin Healey
A set of polished wire wheels add to the Healey’s gorgeous profile

While the gallery with the ad shows very nice shots of the car’s exterior, there are no photos of the interior or under the hood.

Even though mostly original, the 50-year-old convertible drives and shines like new, the seller adds.

“The three-liter inline-six runs smoothly, pulls strong, and provides one of the most beautiful engine sounds to come out of an exhaust pipe!” the seller says. “The chrome trim and chrome wire wheels still sparkle like new! The interior is original including the polished wood trim and is still in surprisingly great shape.”

Healey 3000s can go over $100k at auction when in perfectly restored condition, so the asking price for this low-mileage survivor seems reasonable at $59,960.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

 

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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