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.
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.
1966 Austin-Healey 3000 BJ8 Phase II HBJ8L33993 – sold for $105,000 Fresh Kurt Tanner restoration just completed. Total ground up rotisserie restoration to the Concours Gold Standard. 60 spoke stainless wire wheels. 4 speed overdrive transmission. Adjustable steering. Metallic Golden Beige with black trim. Top and top boot. California car from new with documentation. Original black/yellow license plates. Reprint Owners Manual. Maintenance records from 1972. First time offered for public sale. Auction Source: Monterey 2014 by Mecum Auction
1967 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III BJ8 H-BJ8-L/41305 – sold for $159,500 Matching numbers; rare Metallic Golden Beige, as original. Completely restored by Tom and Randee Rocke, of Healey Lane. BMIHT Certificate and restoration photo-documentation. New English Leather Bone upholstery, direct from Mathews and Son, of London, England. Engine, gearbox, and overdrive have all been completely rebuilt to correct specifications. Auction Source: 2014 Monterey by RM Auctions
The car shown here was described in August 2012 as “better than new from the factory” by Gerry Coker, the legendary former Healey Motor Company designer who styled the original Austin-Healey 100 and the subsequent Big Healeys. Coker signed the inside of the glove box lid, commenting, “Super Job.”
The car offered here hails from the last year of production, and it enjoyed a beautiful frame-off, nut-and-bolt restoration by the highly regarded Austin-Healey expert Kurt Tanner, of Upland, California. The color scheme of Golden Beige over red Ambla upholstery with a black top is factory-correct, and the car is equipped with the four-speed transmission with overdrive, a heater, and chrome wire wheels. Finished to what can only be described as concours standards, the restoration is documented extensively in photos, which accompany the car, along with its British Motor Industry Heritage Trust certificate. The result is a Healey that’s appearance shines as much as its performance. It will be a pleasure to drive and to own.
The 1965 Austin-Healey 3000 BJ8 Mk III Convertible presented here is a British Motor Industry Heritage Trust (BMIHT) certified matching-numbers car, finished in its stunning original color, Colorado Red; two-stage urethane was used in two separate paint applications to give the color extreme depth and luster. Full photo-documentation of the complete and comprehensive ground-up restoration finished by the marque specialists Tom and Randee Rocke, of Healey Lane of Riverside, California, accompanies the sale of this car.
This BJ8 was delivered new in Texas and remained in the hands of the original family for decades. In 2007, it was sold to a new owner in New York who commissioned a restoration on what was then an exceptionally straight and solid car. Completed in 2010, the extensive and correct restoration included a bare-metal respray as well as the installation of new insulation, which included factory-standard heat shielding over the transmission and exhaust. In addition, the chrome was replated, the interior was redone in proper materials including new carpeting, and all the gauges were checked and rebuilt as required. A new top completed the cosmetics.
Ground up restoration. 72 spoke wire wheels. Excellent mechanicals. Final year of production. Engine and gear box documented with BMIHT. 1967 is the last year and most refined making. It is one of the most collectible Austin Healeys built. Speed and comfort have made the BJ8s a hit with collectors around the world. This car comes with a British motor industry heritage trust certificate
– 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.
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.
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.
1966 Austin Healey 3000 MKIII BJ8 – sold for €30,860 The car presented here, which came out in 1966, had its bodywork restored in 1991, as attested by a photograph album and the file of invoices. Painted red, this desirable Austin Healey, equipped with centrally fixed radius rims, has been regularly and rigorously maintained by its owner, who has taken part in a large number of driving rallies in the Swiss Alps. 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.
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.
his late Phase II was purchased by the current vendor’s father for £7,500 in 1981, by which time it had covered 37,000 miles, but never used by him. On its owner’s death it was discovered that he had never registered the Healey in his name, and the car was duly registered in his widow’s name in 1992. ‘NLR 589F’ remained unused until earlier this year when it was re-commissioned. Finished in British Racing Green with black leather interior, this little used ‘Big Healey’ is described as in generally good condition and offered with current MoT and Swansea V5. A factory roll bar is the only notified deviation from the manufacturer’s specification.
Finished in Gold with a Fawn leather and vinyl interior, this car’s nut-and-bolt restoration was just completed by the marque specialists Tom and Randee Rocke at Healey Lane. The car was finished in two-stage DuPont Chroma base in two separate paint applications to give this Gold color superb depth and luster. The Fawn leather and vinyl interior has matching English wool carpeting – certainly a unique and rarely seen color combination.