1965→1968 Austin-Healey 3000 MKIII BJ8 ‘Phase II’
In 1965, the MKIII was updated to Phase II specification which included a redesigned rear suspension that made necessary ground clearance for the low-slung exhaust system. Around the same time, the car was also fitted with larger front and rear blinkers.
These were the very last of the big Healeys until the model’s demise in 1968.
To comply with American safety standards the very last ‘Phase II’ cars were fitted with twin front light fixtures per side.
|submitted by||Richard Owen|
|type||Series Production Car|
|production years||1965 – 1968|
|price $||$ 3,699|
|predeccesor||1963 Austin-Healey 3000 MKIII BJ8|
|ignition||Lucas 25D6 Distributor|
|block material||Cast Iron|
|fuel feed||Twin SU Carburettors|
|displacement||2912 cc / 177.7 in³|
|bore||83.3 mm / 3.28 in|
|stroke||88.9 mm / 3.5 in|
|power||110.4 kw / 148.0 bhp @ 5250 rpm|
|specific output||50.82 bhp per litre|
|bhp/weight||123.13 bhp per tonne|
|torque||223.71 nm / 165.0 ft lbs @ 3500 rpm|
|body / frame||Steel Body over Pressed-Steed Chassis|
|driven wheels||Front Engine / RWD|
|front wheels||F 38.1 x 12.7 cm / 15.0 x 5.0 in|
|rear wheels||R 38.1 x 12.7 cm / 15.0 x 5.0 in|
|steering||Cam & Lever|
|curb weight||1202 kg / 2650 lbs|
|wheelbase||2337 mm / 92.0 in|
|front track||1237 mm / 48.7 in|
|rear track||1270 mm / 50.0 in|
|length||3988 mm / 157.0 in|
|width||1524 mm / 60.0 in|
|height||1270 mm / 50.0 in|
|transmission||4-Speed Man w/Overdrive|
|gear ratios||2.93:1, 2.053:1, 1.302:1, 1.00:1|
|top speed||~185.1 kph / 115.0 mph|
|0 – 60 mph||~9.7 seconds|
|0 – 100 mph||~27.0 seconds|
Auction Sales History
Fully restored in 2012, this left-hand drive Phase II was imported into the UK from Florida, USA in 2013 by the current owner. EU taxes have been paid and the car comes with a UK V5C registration document. Described as in generally excellent condition, without faults and ready to be enjoyed, this freshly restored example of the Big Healey in its ultimate incarnation also comes with handbook, jack, tools and tonneau cover. The provision of a five-speed gearbox is the only notified deviation from factory specification.
Auction Source: 2015 Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
Auction Source: Arizona 2015 by RM Auctions
Auction Source: Monterey 2014 by Mecum Auction
Auction Source: 2014 Monterey by RM Auctions
Auction Source: 2014 Quail Lodge Auction by Bonhams
Auction Source: The Amelia Island Auction by Gooding & Company
1967 Austin-Healey 3000 MKIII Convertible BJ8 – sold for $55,000 Rust free with only one refinish. Twin carburetor inline six cylinder engine. 4-speed transmission with overdrive. New top with crystal clear rear window. Original leather bucket seats. Stored in climate controlled environment. Restored to concourse condition.
Auction Source: Kissimmee 2014, #WhereTheCarsAre by Mecum
1964 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III BJ8 HBJ8-L/26879 – sold for $61,600 Most Powerful and Refined Mk III, “Phase 2” Specification. Early-Production Car with Small “Phase 1” Front Signals. Distinctive and Striking Black Exterior and Red Leather Cockpit. British Sporting Classic with a Devoted Following.
Auction Source: The Scottsdale Auctions by Gooding & Company
Auction Source: 2013 Monterey Auction by RM Auctions
Auction Source: 2013 Amelia Island by Rm Auctions
Auction Source: The 2013 Amelia Island Auction by Gooding & Company
Auction Source: 2013 Arizona Auction by RM
1967 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III BJ8 HBJ8L30993 – sold for $104,500 One of the Finest “Big Healeys” in the US. Comprehensive Restoration to Concours Standards. British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certification. Best-of-Show Winner at 2011 Healey Rendezvous. Best BJ8 at All British Field Meets in Seattle and Portland.
Auction Source: The 2013 Scottsdale Auctions by Gooding & Company
Auction Source: 2012 Daytime Auction by Mecum
Auction Source: Monterey 2012 by RM Auctions
Auction Source: Monterey 2012 by RM Auctions
Auction Source: 2012 Pebble Beach Auctions by Gooding & Company
Auction Source: The Amelia Island Auction 2012 by Gooding & Company
– The outside is finished in Old English White. The body fit is great. The side panels are laser straight and have a superior fit and finish. The chrome and bright work appear freshly done from front to back. Under the hood is the factory original 2,912 CC overhead valve inline 6-cylinder engine with twin SU 2″ HD8 carburetors that produces 150 brake HP and has a top speed of over 120 MPH. The engine is mated to the factory, 4-speed manual.
Auction Source: 2011 Monterey Daytime Auction by Mecum
A former owner had it restored by the Rolls-Royce dealer in New York. Within the last three years, the current owner has upgraded and detailed it, changing to a negative-ground electrical system and installing solid state electronic components like a fuel pump, MSD ignition and an automatic pre-lube system. A new top was fitted in tan Stayfast, and the trunk was lined in carpet matching the interior. An Optima battery is installed, and the factory tool kit is with the car. The original black top and tonneau cover were retained and are in good condition. The mileage shows as 38,000, believed to be correct based on examination of wear-prone components, but this cannot be confirmed with certainty.
Auction Source: 2011 Monterey Auction by RM
In the early 2000s, this car was acquired by Kurt Tanner, the California-based restorer of Austin-Healeys who has focused exclusively on the marque for the last 18 years. Mr. Tanner performed a restoration that addressed me- chanical and cosmetic aspects of the car. Though the car was originally finished in British Racing Green with a black interior, Mr. Tanner opted to change the car’s livery to a color scheme more becoming of a classic Healey – black paint over a proper interior of red Ambla vinyl.
Auction Source: 2011 Pebble Beach Auctions by Gooding & Company
Auction Source: 2011 Salon Rétromobile Aucion by Artcurial
Representing the Big Healey’s final and most popular incarnation, this BJ8 Phase II model has had only three owners from new and was acquired by the last owner in 2007. The car was completely restored in 2009/2010 when works carried out included a ‘bare metal’ strip-down and complete bodywork restoration; repaint in two-tone white/black; new front and rear bumpers; new wheels and hubs; new red leather interior trim; new carpet; and new soft top and tonneau cover. In addition, the carburettors have been overhauled and the engine fully rebuilt with new pistons; a new aluminium cylinder head (converted to unleaded compatibility); new alloy sump; new clutch; new dynamo and starter motor; and a stainless steel exhaust system. The car comes with its original tool kit, owner’s manual and sundry invoices for parts totalling €9,000.
Auction Source: 2011 Automobiles d’exception au Grand Palais by Bonhams
1965 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III BJ8 HBJ8L/28861 – sold for $52,800 About 17,700 Mark IIIs were originally built, and their sporting attributes have made them enduring and enjoyable collector cars. This completely restored example from 1965 is very attractive in all respects, finished in red with a matching cockpit and a black convertible top.
Auction Source: 2011 Automobiles of Arizona by RM Auctions
The 1967 Austin-Healey 3000 BJ8 MK III Sports Convertible presented here is a very fine example that continues to benefit from an older, high-quality restoration. Finished in champagne and complemented by show-quality chrome, a black convertible top and a matching boot, the BJ8 rides on Michelin radial tires and proper “knock-off” wire wheels. Exterior features include Lucas headlamps, along with a chrome-plated driver’s side view mirror and bumper guards. The inviting cockpit features black leather upholstery, complemented by black carpeting, a handsome wood-rimmed steering wheel and a wood grain dash, along with a heater and a floor console with “3000” scripting. The well-detailed and period-correct engine bay is impressive, and cradles the powerful 2,912 cubic centimeter six-cylinder engine, with correct finishes and labels present throughout.
Auction Source: 2008 Monterey Preview
Auction Source: 2010 Collectors’ Motor Cars at Goodwood Revival by Bonhams
Auction Source: RM Auctions’ 2010 Sports & Classics of Monterey