This 1965 Austin Healey 3000 BJ8 is a driver-level example powered by its factory 2.9 liter C-Series inline six paired to a 4-speed manual with overdrive. The owner purchased the car ten years ago shortly after it was restored by the previous owner, and drove it sparingly before passing away in late 2016. The seller is representing the owner’s widow, who is now liquidating the collection. Originally red, the 2+2 roadster was repainted in two-tone black and white during the restoration, and an aftermarket head unit and exhaust system are modifications from stock. There is some rust detailed below and the car would benefit from a tuneup and inspection before adding serious miles as it has not been driven much in recent years. The car has working overdrive and received an oil change in preparation for sale. No records from the restoration were passed down to the owner, and the Georgia car is being sold on a bill of sale.
The black and white paint has benefited from being stored indoors for most of the last ten years and presents well overall. There is a chip on the right fender that was touched up. The seller recently waxed the car after taking it out of storage and notes that the finish holds a deep gloss. All of the body panels appear to be original and there is no evidence of any accident repair.
The chrome brightwork and badging are all accounted for, however the intake cowl has a few dents and a small dent can be seen on the left headlight bezel. Some light scratches are present on the trim surrounding the rear portion of the cockpit, and some of the other chrome pieces have lost there shine in the ten years since the restoration.
A new black soft top was installed by the previous owner and is in good condition with a clear rear window. A boot cover and tonneau cover are also included. Working lights and indicators have no cracked lenses.
The 3000 Mark III was the final version of the Big Healeys, and featured independent front suspension and a revised rear suspension for more ground clearance. The servo-assisted front disc and rear drum brakes are said to be in good working order, and the silver painted 15″ wire spoked wheels are in serviceable condition. Kumho tires were installed in 2008.
This model was fairly luxurious for the period and was fitted with burled walnut dash panels and a center console. The interior was refurbished during the PO’s restoration and has seen little use since.
The banjo steering wheel is in good condition, and the interior chrome has held up well. The walnut dash panels show some age with cracks in the lacquer and appear to have been left alone during the restoration. Factory Smiths gauges are all functioning properly aside from the speedo, which sometimes reads incorrect mph according to the seller. An aftermarket Sony head unit has been installed.
The 2,912cc inline six-cylinder C-Series engine came equipped with twin two-inch SU HD8 carbs and a revised camshaft and valve springs. The motor was rated at around 150hp when new. Some surface rust can be seen on portions of the engine and the headers, though the radiator fan and shroud appear to be more recent additions. The new flex pipe exhaust system was installed during the restoration.
After sitting in storage for some time, the car was given a new battery and an oil change in December 2016. The engine is said to run strong and the overdrive worked well during recent drives on the freeway. The seller reports that the motor would benefit from a tune up to perform at its best, and has noticed that the rear main seal is leaking.
A collection of undercarriage photos can be seen in the image gallery below, and show some rust throughs on the frame horns that need to be repaired. The rest of the frame and pans appear to be in adequate condition apart from a small hole in the differential housing on the rear hypoid bevel floating axle.
The previous owner who had the restoration performed did not pass any records of the work done to the last owner. With some mechanical sorting it would be a fun weekend driver and vintage rally entry as-is, or it could be brought to the next level with some rust repair on the frame.
A video of a walkaround, cold start, and the car driving has been provided by the seller.