The Austin-Healey 3000 is a British sports car built from 1959 to 1967, and is the best known of the “big” Healey models. The car’s bodywork was made by Jensen Motors, and the vehicles were assembled at the BMC Abingdon works.
The Austin-Healey 3000 was introduced in 1959, replacing the Austin-Healey 100-6. Despite the name change, the changes were relatively minor compared to those between the original 100 and the 100-6. The wheelbase and body remained unchanged, and there remained two models, a 2+2 and a two-seater.
The 3000 Mark III was launched in October 1963, and remained in production until the end of 1967 when production of Austin-Healey ceased. (One further car was built in March 1968.) Classified as the BJ8, the new model was the most powerful and luxurious of the big Healeys, with a walnut-veneer dash, wind-up windows, and a 150 HP engine.
Improvements to the engine included a new camshaft and valve springs, and twin SU 2″ HD8 carburetors, together with a newly designed exhaust system. Servo-assisted brakes were now fitted as standard. Only 2+2 seat versions were made. Option extras were similar to those offered for the Mark II, the main change being that the standard interior trim was now Ambla vinyl, with leather seats being added to the list of options.
This recently completed restoration is finished to a very high standard. Paint, interior, top and engine are all immaculate. The car starts and drives easily without unusual noises or smoke and accelerates briskly and stops easily and would be a welcome participant in most vintage rallies or club events.