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1966 Austin-Healey 3000 MkIII

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A significant step in terms of ‘Big Healey’ evolution and foundation block for one of the 1960s’ most charismatic rally cars, the 3000 MkI was introduced in March 1959. Powered by an enlarged 2912cc version of BMC’s C-Series straight-six engine that developed some 124bhp and 167lbft of torque, it could be had in two-seater (BN7) or 2+2 seater (BT7) configurations. Progressively improved, the 3000 metamorphosed through MkII and MkIIa guises before the arrival of the ultimate MkIII BJ8 in October 1963. Boasting a centre console, proper convertible hood, wood veneer dashboard, redesigned exhaust system and wind-up windows, the 2+2 seater BJ8 proved a comfortable and fast ‘grand tourer’.

This elegantly handsome Austin-Healey is a matching chassis and engine numbers example of a Home-Market MkIII BJ8. Wearing traditional ‘Big Healey’ two-tone Blue and White paintwork, it was the subject of a comprehensive, money-no-object restoration by the current custodian over a five-year period (2019 – 2024). Purchased from the proprietor of ‘Top Marques’, as a complete car requiring renovation; ‘PUA 749D’ had reputedly gathered dust for many years in their ownership, however they did oblige to carry out the bodywork repairs and paintwork to an exceptional standard for our vendor. Mechanical work included a comprehensive engine rebuild by Bradbury Engineering, with attention to the back-plate and rear crank seal. The transmission was rebuilt at the same time, utilising ARP gears and replacing all worn components. Well-respected experts Jim Marland (of Proteus fame) and multiple concours winner Paul Connor were on hand to assist with mechanical work, Healey specialists Willtrim provided the upholstery, whilst the final build and ‘snagging list’ was carried out by the UK Healey Centre.

Absolutely ready to use and enjoy, and having driven only 236 miles since restoration, this exemplary car is as sharp underneath, as it is on top. Supported by a certified copy of the factory build records and itemised receipts for thousands of hours in labour and parts; ‘PUA 749D’ couldn’t be replicated for anything like our asking price




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Item Location: High Legh
Seller: Adam Sykes & Co
Joined January 2018
  Adam Sykes & Co.
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Country: United Kingdom
City: Cheshire
Phone: +44 (0)1925 753650
07802 779301
Condition Rebuilt
Trade or Private: Trade
Price: £79,950
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Added: 04/06/2024
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