AUSTIN HEALEY 3000 MKIII PHASE 2
- Factory Left Hand Drive Example
- 3000 MKIII Phase 2, so the ultimate drivers Healey
- Nice color combination
- Superb driving
In May 1964, BMC (British Motor Corporation) introduced the last major model change for the Austin-Healey. The 3000 MKIII phase 2 was introduced.
The Austin-Healey model was already introduced in 1952 with the so-called Healey 100 BN1.
From the first moment on, the Austin Healey was a big success. Nevertheless, a car model can always benefit from improvements and the 3000MKIII is therefore the most improved car from the series.
Mostly automotive journalists had often complained about the low ground clearance on the early Austin-Healey cars. So 12 years after the first Austin-Healey, a major chassis design was instituted that raised the ground clearance at the rear of the car and eliminated the dreaded silencer scraping which is known by many Austin-Healey enthusiasts.
The phase II Healey 3000 is easily recognizable onto the different side/turn signal lights which are separate on a phase II car. The phase I Healey 3000 has a single white combination side/turn signal light.
The Healey 3000 MKIII is a fantastic car to drive. It probably drives a bit too good. A Healey 3000 can be driven on a daily base (in summertime) because of the above mentioned aspect (height of the car) as well because of the big engine.
The big engine gives a fantastic feeling. The 150 horsepower 2.9122 cc litre engine can give the car a fantastic power but amongst that, because of the big engine, it is not very high in revs when somebody is touring around with the car.
This makes the Healey also a perfect car to use for a (short) holiday.
If you would like to race with the Healey one can feel that Austin-Healey 3000 has a long competition history. BMC used the Healey 3000 from the beginning and was very successful. Amongst the rallies, the Healey 3000 was very successful at most major circuits around the world including Sebring and Le Mans.
As mentioned above, the Healey 3000 was available from May 1964 while it was launched in October 1963. It was classified as being the BJ8 model and this was the most powerful and luxurious example of the big Healeys, with a walnut veneer dash, wind-up windows and a very big 150 horsepower engine.
The Healey has 2 SU HD8 carburetors and in comparison to its predecessor a new camshaft and valve springs.
Servo-assisted disc brakes became standard on the Healey as well which makes the car a superb and very thrust worth driver.
In May 1964 the Phase II version of the Mark III was released, which had a modified rear chassis to allow rear ground clearance to be increased, and subsequently, in March 1965 the car also gained separate indicators.
ABOUT THIS SPECIFIC EXAMPLE
This specific Austin Healey 3000 MKIII was owned by a good friend of one of our mechanics. This gentlemen bought the car some years ago and made it ready to use and drive on a very regular base.
The quality of driving was more important for him then the looks and therefore this Healey is not a trailer queen but just a nice and solid driver.
The body of the Healey is nice. The car show on different spots some minor details but overall the car is in a nice condition.
The chrome around the window show some minor pitting but actually this belongs to the car and we would never replace/re-chrome it.
Throughout, the panel fitting on the car is good.
The interior of the Healey is in nice, slightly used condition.
The seats, both front and rear, are free of any huge damages and the leather remains very supple. The door panels are similarly nice and the carpets are perfect throughout.
The dashboard, instruments, and switches are all in perfect working and nice order.
Driving a Healey 3000 MKIII always gives a smile on the face. The handling is pretty easy.
The Healey has two faces. She is a very smooth tourer until the revs are pulling up. A sort of beast awakes and the 3000 MKIII can really be raced or rallied.
Due to the superb handling, the Healey is very stiff in the corners so it will always give a smile on the face when driving her.
Strange enough every Healey is driving slightly different. When 10 Healey's are waiting for a test-drive, you will feel with all 10 a difference.
This specific example is one of the best drivers we have had. The car is driving impressively smooth.
This specific example is fitted with an overdrive which makes it even a nicer car to drive.
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