The Austin-Healey 3000 is a British sports car built from 1959 to 1967. It is the best known of the "big Healey" models. The car's bodywork was made by Jensen Motors and the vehicles were assembled at BMC's MG Works in Abingdon, alongside the corporation's MG models. During its production life, the car transitioned from an open sports car, albeit with a child-transporting 2+2 option, to a sports convertible. In 1963, 91.5 per cent of all Austin-Healey 3000 cars were exported; mostly to North America.
The 3-litre 3000 was a highly successful car, which won its class in many European rallies in its heyday and is still raced in classic car competitions by enthusiasts today. British Leyland ended manufacture in 1967, intending its place to be filled by a car with a new, though similar, engine in a more recently designed monocoque MGB variant named MGC
The 3000 sports convertible Mark III was announced in February 1964 its power increased from 136 bhp to 150 bhp by a new higher lift camshaft. SU HD8 carburettors replaced HS6 units increasing the choke size from 1.75 to 2 inches, or total area 6.3 sq. inches, increasing by 30.6%.
Power-assisted braking became standard instead of optional. The new car's fascia displayed its speedometer and tachometer directly in front of the driver. Upholstery was now in Ambla vinyl. The Mark III BJ8 remained in production until the end of 1967 when manufacture of Austin-Healeys ceased.
In May 1964 the Phase II version of the Mark III was released, which gained ground clearance through a modified rear chassis.
In March 1965 the car received separate indicator lights.
17,712 Mark IIIs were manufactured.
This is a very well preserved largely original unrestored car. The car has a known history going back many years and was stored here locally for a long time before being purchased and mechanically recommissioned in the last 3 years. The engine was removed and a valve job was performed, New Clutch installed, the carburators rebuilt, fuel system overhauled, Brake system completely overhauled, wire wheels restored and new tires installed, and more. The car runs and drives perfectly and is a great driver with no needs mechanically- the OD works like a charm. - you could drive this car cross country without hesitation.
The interior has been left as found is beleived original and has wonderful and honest patina.
While not completely rust free underneath the car is very solid. The car comes with a hard top, the soft top frame is present, but a new canvas top will need to be sourced and installed.