***THIS VEHICLE IS BEING CONSIGNED TO THE UPCOMING OWLS HEAD AUCTION BEING HELD AT THE OWLS HEAD TRANSPORTATION MUSEUM IN OWLS HEAD, ME AUGUST 16-17. IT WILL BE SELLING ON SATURDAY AUGUST 17TH. LOT #103***
This rare and wonderful 1967 Austin-Healey 3000 Mark III BJ8 is one of the best examples known to exist. This statement is proven with its multiple “Gold” awards from the prestigious Austin-Healey Concours Registry Show where it scored 978 and 987 of a possible 1000 points. Other awards include the Hilton Head Concours d’ Elegance “Best in Class”, Southeastern Classic Healeys in the Smokies “Award of Excellence”, “Best of Show” and “People’s Choice”, Shenandoah Valley British Car Club “First in Class” and The Gathering “First in Class”. All the awards and judging sheets are included. As documented with the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate this car was built between March 29-31, 1967 as a LHD North American export. The original exterior color was Metallic Golden Beige with black trim and black top. The details of the factory fitted equipment included overdrive, wire wheels, road speed tires, heater, adjustable steering column and laminated windscreen. The destination dealer was in Charleston, SC. This car spent most of its life in North Carolina as documented with copies of titles and registrations that are included. It is a seven owner vehicle and has been with the same owner since October of 2001 until now. This car was the product of a meticulous restoration which is documented with tons of photos. It was painstakingly restored from 2001-2007 to exact Concours judging specifications. Every detail was addressed down to correct wiring and re-plating of the original bolts. This BJ8 was restored exactly how it was delivered from the factory in 1967. Although this car was trailered to many shows and events it has been driven 3,500 miles since completion. In 1967, the British Motor Corporation commemorated the last production year of this wonderful car with the introduction of new color, “Metallic Golden Beige”. This car is one of the original 553 “Metallic Golden Beige” big Healey’s produced in 1967. The car retains all the original sheet metal with the exception of the left front fender. A replacement from England was used during the restoration. The body is laser straight with great gaps lines throughout. The paint quality is truly spectacular in every sense of the word. Everything on the exterior has been restored to the high show quality standards. The car is currently sitting on chrome 15” 60-spoke wire wheels with Sprint Classic 165-HR15 tires. Included with the car for judging purposes are 5 painted 15” 60-spoke wire wheels with Sprint Classic 165-HR15 tires and the original oil filter. The new De Luxe cockpit with walnut fascia and fold-down luggage panel looks amazing. It’s been finished in its original black trim and has roll up windows. Everything in the interior is in working order. is included. The trunk compartment is nicely detailed. It has a Lucas “Tar Top” AGM battery, correct (rare) Shelly LJ225-CA311 jack, correct tools and Simmons hammer. The engine compartment is highly detailed and very correct throughout. It’s powered by the original matching numbers 2912cc OHV In-line 6 cylinder engine with dual SU carburetors. This engine runs and sounds excellent. The engine is coupled with a 4-speed manual transmission with overdrive on 3rd and 4th gear. This car was rated from 0-60 mph in 9.8 seconds with a top speed of 122 mph. The undercarriage is nicely detailed and also very correct. Many additional items are included such as the convertible top cover, interior cover, owner’s manuals, service manuals, technical information, magazine articles and books. This is investment grade collector car that is the real deal. Selection from the MS CLASSIC CARS Collection.