Big Healey 3000 Mk III BJ8 Phase 3 1-CA Owner Concours Gold Medallion Winner

Price: US $119,990.00 Item location: Costa Mesa, California, United States
  • Make: Austin Healey
  • Model: 3000
  • SubModel: MkIII BJ8 Phase III
  • Type: Convertible
  • Trim: MkIII BJ8 PhaseIII Overdrive Gold Medallion Winner
  • Year: 1967
  • Mileage: 100
  • VIN: H-BJ8-L/38611
  • Color: Blue
  • Number of cylinders: 6
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Drive type: RWD
  • Interior color: Blue
  • Drive side: Left-hand drive
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
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Description:

1967 Austin Healey 3000 MkIII BJ8 PhaseIII Overdrive Gold Medallion Winner

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1967 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk IIIBJ8 Phase 3

Numbers Matching

1 California Owner from New

Restoration by Sean Johnson/The Austin Healer

Recipient of the Prestigious Austin Healey Concours Registry Gold Medallion at the 2017 International Healey Week in Monterey, California

Stock # 0887

VIN # H-BJ8-L/38611

ENG # 29E-RU-H/13262

TRN # 13168

Body # 83493

Original body and structure

Numbers Matching/Original Color Specification
100-Miles on Rotisserie Restoration
Healey Blue with Cream Coves, Blue Top and Blue Interior

4-speed with electric overdrive

BMC Heritage Trust Certified Copy of Factory Record

Clean and Clear California Title

Original California Black Plate Car

The Austin Healey is the quintessential English sports car. It helped spark U.S. interest in open sports car motoring. Although many of these cars were imported to the United States, the last phase of production (chassis 31336) of the MKIII (referred to as phase 3) is undisputedly the best and has captured eyes of savvy collectors worldwide. Few good examples of these cars have survived. Associated restorations are costly.

This Healey was built between October 13th and 26th of 1966 and was shipped from England to the United States on November 15th, 1966. The car was ordered as a left-hand drive/North American specification which was purchased directly by the original owner in England under the Personal Export Program (PX). It was shipped directly to San Francisco, California and was ordered with the following equipment:

Wire wheels

Heater

Adjustable steering column

Laminated windscreen

Roadspeed tyres (radials)

Overdrive

The original owner lived in Livermore, California. He drove the car for its first 12-years before storing it in his dry garage for the following 33-years. It was then purchased on April 21st, 2012 by the current owner. The current owner enjoys car restoration; he is all about body-off, nut-and-bolt projects. He has been directly involved with restorations and has also sponsored several restorations of amazing cars over the years. In 2010, he became interested in restoring a last year manufacturer Austin Healey BJ8 and began his search for a complete dry car with “good bones”.

One day while he was discussing cars with one of his patients, he mentioned his quest for a correct last year manufacture Healey and was coincidently informed that the patient's father had purchased a car meeting this description during a trip to Britain in late 1966. The patient also shared that his father was elderly, in poor health, and the car had been sitting unused in his father's dry garage for several decades.

Shortly after this conversation, the father died. For the next two years, the current owner kept in touch with the family of the deceased father. They invited him to view the car at the father's former home in Livermore, California nearly two years later. The garage door had not been opened in decades and was swollen shut. It had to be pried open so that the car could be removed. The rear license plate wore the registration tags from the last year the car had been driven, 1979, before being sealed in the garage. The car rested on flat tires. A pancake jack was carefully used to lift the car high enough to get a floor jack underneath and put the car on stands. New tubes were inserted in the tires so they could roll it out of the garage and on to a trailer.

Although every component needed to be addressed, fortunately, this example was incredibly complete. It was an excellent restoration candidate. Finding a dry, straight, complete, one California owner big Healey is rare.

The car was purchased and from project inception the current owner's goal was focused on not only doing a concours restoration, but also a “correct” restoration that would earn the rare and coveted Gold Medallion designation by the Austin Healey Concours Registry. Working towards this end the car was shipped to the capable hands of Sean Johnson, the “Austin Healer”. Mr. Johnson is one of the most respected and knowledge experts in the Austin Healey community. He has been involved with these cars for nearly 40-years. Besides having one of the best marque restoration shops in the world, he is one of a handful of National Austin Healey Concours judges and has been continuously involved in drafting the concours guidelines since 1989. He has served on many AH club boards as well as editor for several newsletters. His work has been published in numerous magazines and books including The Healey Book by Bill Emerson and the Austin Healey Restoration Guide by Anderson and Moment. Cars restored by Mr. Johnson consistently receive “Gold” level awards, including two cars accepted to the prestigious Austin Healey Concours earlier this year.

Restoring a Healey into “as new” and factory correct condition is no easy task. From the onset, the goal was to build a Gold-level concours winning example. No expense was spared. This painstaking task took 4-years to complete and over $100,000.

The result of Johnson's work is absolutely stunning. Proof was revealed in the results for this year's Concours at the International Healey Week in Monterey, California, which celebrated the 50th anniversary of the end of the Big Healey production. This example received a remarkable score of 980 points out of 1,000 possible. Just to be accepted to participate in the Gold Registry Concours event is a feat in itself. Out of a couple hundred entrants participating during this week, only 4 were selected to be part of this unique and purely objective judging process this year. The number of cars that have received gold certification over the years is just a handful. It is certainly a very exclusive club. In fact, since 1989 (inception of this prestigious award) only approximately 15 BJ8s have received this coveted award.

As you can imagine, this Healey is near perfect. Its condition is as close as possible to the condition it was on the day it left the factory in Aberdeen, England. The body is in fantastic condition with no signs of use. The panel fit is superb. The attention to detail is clearly seen. The brightwork, glass, trim, light lenses, badging, and rubber are all fresh and correct. The glass and chrome bits are all original except for the headlamp rings. As many original parts as possible were used. The original wire wheels are properly restored and wrapped in new Pirelli tires. The soft top is perfect as well as the frame. All of the exterior lights operate properly.

The interior is equally perfect and fresh with no signs of use. The headliner of the soft top is perfect and has the correct fabric trim. The seats, carpet, and door panels are all correct and new. All the gauges and switches function properly including the heat and overdrive. Furthermore, the engine and chassis are flawless. The attention to detail is astounding.

Regardless of how perfect and correct this Healey looks, it's even better to drive. It starts easily and makes that wonderful typical Healey sound. The throttle response is immediate with excellent low-end torque. The gearbox shifts smoothly and is even easy to slip into the non-synchro first gear. The handling is spot on. The brakes have good initial bite and work quite well. The whole motoring experience is pure and distilled fun.

This example would be perfect for anything from a serious automobile collection to special invitation vintage motoring/rally events. Of course, it would also do quite well in any concours or judged show environment.

California registration is current for the original black plates and paid through April of 2018.

This Healey comes with the owner's manual, Heritage Certificate, Concours Gold Medallion/grill badge, extra keys, tonneau cover, restored spare wheel/tire, toolkit, jack, knock-off hammer w/ wood protector, Concours Registry judging documents, accounting of restoration costs, photos of the restoration, and photos of recovery from the garage.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Paul at 714-335-4911 or paul@autokennel.com

For tons of photos, go to: www.AutoKennel.com

This vehicle is sold “as-is” with no warranty, written or implied. In some cases, the vehicle does have the remaining factory warranty still in place and will be described above if that is the case. All taxes and fees are the responsibility of the buyer and are not included in the listed price. All vehicle sales will require a $65 document fee. The vehicle listed is described to the best of our ability. The information is based on our own research and statements made to us by the previous owner(s). To the best of our knowledge, the above information is accurate. We are not responsible for errors in our description of options or any other details. The above-mentioned vehicle is used and can be expected to show some wear and tear. It is not a brand-new vehicle. We do welcome all local pre-purchase inspections on vehicles in order to verify condition.