The Colorado Red with black leather interior Austin Healey 3000 MKII was offered for sale at the 2006 Worldwide Group Auction held on Hilton Head Island. It was expected to fetch between $60,000-$75,000. A great level of time, attention and effort ....[continue reading]
This 1964 Austin Healey 3000 MK III Convertible is powered by a 2912-cc engine that produces 150 horsepower. It has a four-speed manual gearbox with electric overdrive and front hydraulic disc brakes. It has sixty-spoke wire wheels and has had four....[continue reading]
This 1964 Austin-Healey 3000 BJ8 MKIII Sports Convertible was offered for sale at the 2007 RM Auctions held in Amelia Island, Florida. The car was offered without reserve and estimated to sell between $60,000 - $70,000. It is powered by a 2912cc ov....[continue reading]
Donald Healey intended the 3000 to fill a gap that he perceived in the American sports car market between Jaguar's XKs and the MG T series. These cars were more sizeable and civilized than their predecessors, the Austin Healey 100 series cars. The ....[continue reading]
This 1964 Austin-Healey 3000 MKIII Phase I is one of 1,390 examples produced. It was a California black-plate car from new and was used for only 11 years before being put into storage. It has been given a nut-and-bolt rotisserie restoration that wa....[continue reading]
This car is one of only five Works-prepared 3000s prepared for pure circuit racing. As it rolled off the Works at Warwick, it was meticulously prepared to contest the rigors of endurance racing and help build the reputation of the company in the Unit....[continue reading]
This Austin Healey 3000 Mark III Phase II BJ-8 Convertible was originally completed October 12-13, 1964. The color was Ivory White (also known as Old English White) with a red interior and black top. It was shipped to Compton, CA, USA October 16th, 1....[continue reading]
This Austin-Healey 3000 MK III BJ8 is one of only 1,390 Series examples produced during the two-year run of the model. The car has been given a comprehensive body-off restoration by its previous owner. The current owner acquired the car in 2009.....[continue reading]
This Austin-Healey 3000 MKIII BJ8 is finished in its factory-original colors of Ivory with black vinyl upholstery. It is a late 'Phase 1' example built during April of 1964. The car is a left-hand-drive export model, that was dispatched for shipment ....[continue reading]
This Austin-Healey 3000 MK III BJ8 was completed at the Healey works in May of 1964. It is a left hand drive example that was equipped for the North American market, finished in Colorado Red over a Black interior, and optioned with wire wheels, heate....[continue reading]
Chassis #: H-BJ8-L/25959
Chassis #: HBJ8L25913
Chassis #: HBJ8L25651
Chassis #: HBJ7-64H-57-2
Chassis #: H-BJ8-L/29427
Chassis #: HBJ8L 26525
Chassis #: H-BJ8-L/26616
Chassis #: 65HBJ8L 27207
The Austin Healey 100 was introduced in October of 1952 at the Earls Court Motor Show. The first Austin Healey 100's were known as 100-4 or BN1. The name 100 came-about by being able to break the 100 mph barrier. The BN also had meaning. The B represented the engine class which meant it had between 2000 and 3000 cc. The N represented the body-style configuration, two-seat and open-top. The 100 was powered by a A90, 2660 cc, four-cylinder engine capable of producing 94 horsepower. The manual three-speed transmission was also borrowed from the A90. However, the first gear was blocked off and was fitted with overdrive on the second and third gears to provide extra power. The name 'Austin Healey' was formed by a partnership comprising of the designer, Donald Mitchell Healey, and the manufacturer, Austin.
During its total production cycle, 10,688 examples of the BN1 were produced.
In October of 1955, the BN2 was introduced. The BN2 was similar to the BN1 in design but now featured larger drum brakes and a new four-speed transmission with overdrive.
During its production run, 3,924 examples of the BN2 were produced.
The Austin Healey 100S was produced in limited numbers, only 55. Their primary purpose was for competing in racing and rally events as well as for development and marketing purposes. They were entered into races such as Sebring, Mille Miglia, and Le Mans. They were copies of special factory test car that Stirling Moss raced in the 1954 12-hour Sebring race where he placed third. The 100S's were produced at the Healey Warwick factory and most were decorated with the American racing colors, white and blue. Of the 55 that were built, only 10 remain unaccounted for. The 100S, when compared with the 100, featured Dunlop disc brakes on all four wheels, different cylinder head and internal engine modifications, four-speed gearbox without overdrive, and a light-alloy body shell.
The 100S was followed by the 100M. The 100M was a Le Mans variation of the BN2 with an increased horsepower rating of 100-110. It featured bigger carburetors and modified distributor. Valve springs and anti-roll bars were added to the suspension. During its production run, 1100 of the Le Mans BN2's were produced.
Over time, about 100 BN2 were later modified but in order to qualify for the Le Mans configuration the vehicles needed to meet specific standards. These standards included a 1.75 inch H6, SU carburetors, cold air box and air tube, Le Mans regulation strap and a factory style louvered hood.
The four cylinder engine was used from 1952 through 1956, after which a BMC six-cylinder engine was used. The car was dubbed the '100 Six'. Three years and a few engine modifications later, the car was named the '3000' and today is known as the 'Big Healey'. Over the production lifespan of the 3000, it could be assembled with multiple options such as a two-seater or 2+2, hard-tops, single or duo-tone paint schemes, overdrive, and more.
In 1962 the body was redesigned with a curved screen and wind up windows. The interior of the vehicle was revamped in 1964 and also received more ground clearance.
The 3000 was produced from 1959 through 1968. The original engine produced 124 horsepower and was capable of about 114 mph. Modifications to the engine throughout the years increased the horsepower to around 148 and the top speed to 121 mph. The size of the car, the power of the engine, and weighing in at around 2400 lbs made this car responsive, competitive and fun to drive.
In all, there were around 73,000 100's and 3000's produced with 58,000 featuring the six-cylinder engine. By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2006Recent Vehicle Additions
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