1965 Austin-Healey 3000 MK3 BJ8, 39k Miles 1 Owner miles, Amazing Survivor VIDEO
- Condition: Used
- Make: Austin Healey
- Model: 3000
- Trim: Preservation class stunner-Original bill of sale!
- Year: 1965
- Mileage: 38,922
- VIN: hbj8L 28548
- Engine size: 2.9L 2912CC 178Cu. In. GAS OHV Naturally Aspirated
- Drive type: Manual
- Vehicle Title: Clear Want to buy? Contact seller!
1965 Austin Healey 3000
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This car is a remarkable time capsule. Fifty years ago this past October, this 1965 ah 3000 mk3 BJ8 was purchased for $2835. A $25 deposit was all that's was needed ! (See oringinal bill of sale).
I purchased hbj8L 28548 from the husband of the original owner, who I met at the Healey club Enclave in Gettysburg this past summer. He had driven the car there from the Poconos with the intention of selling it. I was very impressed to see a mostly original car that the owner would drive anywhere! (too often these original cars are sitting idle and out of service)
I have three big Healeys in my small collection–I love these cars–and could not resist purchasing such an interesting example. He told me the history of the car and shared with me the original bill of sale, as well as some pictures of the car throughout their 50 years of ownership.
The engine number on the car is 29K/RU/H/3314. This the original engine, (there was never any reason for the prior owner to remove it) but I wrote to the British Heritage Motior Trust just to confirm, and this is indeed the engine that came with this car. I have their email indicating that this is the correct engine (which I will provide for the new owner), and of course the new owner can apply for a heritage certificate if they would like a document suitable for framing that confirms this fact.
This car is a true survivor with just 38,922 miles, verified by the original owner. If you look at the close-up pictures of the (original) seats, especially the driver’s seat, you can see this car is absolutely a low mileage example, with virtually no wear on the outboard bolster of the seat and the overall condition of the seats is quite remarkable. Foam is still firm and quite nice, no wrinkles either. Check out how nicely it drives in the video below!
The car lived in a garage for its entire life. This Healey made frequent trips between Whitestone, New York and the Catskills, and the original owner said that between 1965 and 1970, an estimated 25k miles were added with this regular highway trip. In the following years the car was driven sporadically, some years not at all, some years a few hundred miles, and given infrequent usage in the last fifteen years in particular, they decided to part with the car. The original owner will be happy to chat with the new owner, so you can hear the history first hand.
This is an unrestored car with original paint and interior, with the exception of a minor trunk repair documented by the new car dealer and a small repair to the passenger side rocker panel which the original owner said was done in 1974 and still looks quite solid after all these years!
Underneath, the passenger side rear outrigger needed a very small rust repair when I purchased the car, and we have cut out the rust and patched it and the inner sill with new sheet metal. We didn’t touch the cosmetics of the outer rocker--we wanted to make sure first and foremost that the inner frame structure was strong and sound and we have accomplished that goal. (We have a restoration shop that specializes in British Classic cars.)
This is a cool original car with many of the factory crayon markings still in place, EG on the regulator and in the door jamb as shown in the pictures. It’s quite rare to see these original markings, and a testimonial of just how unmolested this car actually is.
The original top boot cover is still in nice shape. Also included is an excellent everflex tonneau (recently replaced and fits quite well, see pictures), original tonneau bars and their original storage bag, and what I believe is the original tonneau bag.
The paint is remarkably good for its age. There is some crazing, particularly on the boot lid, but otherwise the paint is quite good considering it’s originality. Interior shows some minor wear, but is also excellent for an original interior. The original top is also good, but the rear window will need replacement. This is the original zip down window, so you might be able to put in a new window, or simply fit a new top.
Slave and master cylinders were replaced two years ago. Rear wheel cylinders look good and were probably replaced at that time. We just replaced the pinion seal and rear axle seal on one side.
The tachometer is reading a bit high but all the gauges work, as does everything on the car. Oil pressure is excellent. No smoke. Lots of power (see driving video). The oil was changed on July 4th 2015. First gear is a little noisy but synchros are excellent and the car shifts through the gears beautifully. Overdrives works properly, in third and fourth gears as designed. The car shifts through the gears really nicely.
If you love preservation class cars, this is a special find. We can make a restored big Healey, but there are only so many you can find that are low mileage original cars. This one drives beautifully, as is often the case with the cars that have not been messed with! This is a great driving survivor that will delight anyone interested in an unrestored original Healey. Call or ask a question if you need more info.
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Sold as is, and located in Branford, CT.