Called the BJ8 or ‘Big Healey’, the 3000 MKIII BJ8 was the final and most developed Austin-Healey. Primarily it received a new 150 bhp engine and more luxurious interior, but there was numerous detail differences around the car.
Road & Track said the MkIII was Road & Track was “an enthusiast’s sports car that was fun to drive with lots of performance and good handling and braking characteristics.”
Shortly into production in 1964, the MKIII was updated to Phase II specification which included more rear ground clearance and easily identifiable larger blinkers.
1964 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III BJ8 H-BJ8-L/26616 – sold for $93,500 Early-Production “Phase 1” Example. Comprehensive Restoration Performed by Brian Anderson’s Classic European. Awarded Best in Class at the 2010 California Healey Week. Driven Less than 250 Miles Since Completion. Presented in Factory-Original Color Scheme. Fresh and Competitive Concours d’Elegance Contender. Offered with Becker Radio and BMHT Certificate. Auction Source: The Scottsdale Auctions by Gooding & Company
1964 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III BJ8 HBJ8L/26525 – sold for $93,500 This handsome Mk III, delivered to San Francisco in May 1964, is one of only 1,390 Series I examples produced during the two-year run of the model, which is considered by many to be the most comfortable, versatile, and best performing of the Big Healeys. This dashing car received lavish attention by a previous owner, who conducted a comprehensive body-off restoration that he thoroughly documented with a wealth of photographs. Auction Source: Gooding & Company’s 10th Anniversary 2013 Pebble Beach Auctio
1964 Austin-Healey BJ8 – did not sell for $45,000 Complete ground-up restoration on a California car. Over $60,000 in receipts. No expense spared. Heritage certificate. New paint, chrome and interior. Straight sides on body. Nice fit and finish of the components. Professionally rebuilt engine and transmission. Documented restoration. Auction Source: 2011 Monterey Daytime Auction by Mecum