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Austin-Healey 3000: Buying guide and review (1959-1967)

Austin-Healey 3000: Buying guide and review (1959-1967) Classic and Performance Car
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Austin-Healey is a name synonymous with big, brutish sports cars – most iconic of which is the six-cylinder 3000. This is a big, manly roadster, with heavy control weights and a tricky handling balance. At least that’s the common perception…
 
This is, for the most part however, a grand tourer. Drive it like an out and out sports car and the 3000 will the not respond particularly well, often displaying those ‘unfriendly’ characteristics. It's also worth noting that unless it's in tip-top mechanical condition, a tired 3000 could very well feel like a bag of bolts. Find a great example, and treat it with the respect it deserves, it will seemingly transform into one of the most effortless and long-legged the cruisers that most rivals could only dream of. 
 
Big Healeys are extremely popular cars in the historic rallying scene, and that’s because they are simple but hugely effective machines. They can take a lot of punishment too, and if looked after can prove to be extremely reliable. After all, it's no coincidence that you see so many appearing near the top of the rankings in any historic rallying event. They can also be pretty handy on the track with some careful setting up.
 
Look at values today, and it’s sometimes surprising to see just how affordable a Big Healey is compared to something like a Jaguar E-type, or anything red and Italian. For many years they remained overlooked as classic buys. The problem is that they always seem to be stuck in a Jaguar/MG sandwich, with more enthusiasts opting for Jaguars or the plentiful and more affordable MGs. 
 
The thing is, that feeling has rapidly been diminishing as the great value roadsters have been attracting more and more attention, and are no longer quite the bargain they once were. 
 

Which ‘Big Healey’ to buy?

 
Around 90 per cent of Big Healeys were exported to America, with only 5000 cars throughout the 14-year production period staying in Britain. So scarcity plays a part, although many have subsequently returned to the UK. Also, most Healeys, up until the introduction of the 3000 Mk2a, had only a rudimentary windscreen and sidescreens. 
 
When Healey 3000s began to return to Britain from the States they were usually tired and most were cost-effectively rebuilt to rally specification, tuned for action rather than real-world motoring. That’s why the last 3000 model, the BJ8 Mk3, with its more comfortable trim, wind-up windows and proper hood, has long been the most popular choice with drivers rather than racers. But, as always, things evolve and now there is more to it…
 
Over the years many surviving Mk3s have been brought back to the UK and restored, so now earlier Mk1 and Mk2 cars are coming into focus, available for less money. In an ideal world you should find a good Mk1 donor car and modify it to your requirements. It will not be noisy, smelly or loose but rather a British Bulldog that most passengers will enjoy almost as much as you, the fast-travelling driver.
 
While we’re not specifically covering any in this guide, you will no doubt come across a few Austin-Healey 3000 replicas and kit cars during your search – from well-known companies such as Sebring International and US-based Classic Roadsters.
 

Performance and specs

 
Austin-Healey 3000 Mk3
Engine 2912cc, in-line six-cylinder
Power 148bhp @ 5250rpm
Torque 165lb ft @ 3500rpm
Top speed 121mph
0-60mph 9.8sec
Fuel consumption 21.6mpg
Gearbox Four-speed manual with overdrive
 

Dimensions and weight

 
Wheelbase 2330mm
Length 4001mm
Width 1524mm
Height 1238mm
Kerb weight 1180kg
 

Common problems

 
• Beware bad body panels, because it consists of many compound curves, and that swage line takes many man-hours to get right. There are a whole host of complicated inner panels that will need replacing as well as the inevitable door posts. This is why a well restored car is worth paying for.
 
• The chassis didn’t receive any rust proofing from the factory, and even cars that lived in the dry states for most of their lives will probably be suffering from corrosion today. Check that the four chassis outriggers are in good shape, as these are the first to rot, and can often hide a great deal of patchwork. 
 
• At the rear of the car, check the condition of the boot floor and the spring hangers, as these are prone to corrosion, and if not solid will cause a number of odd handling (and safety) issues.
 
• Other areas to check for rust or poor repairs are the inner sills, chassis rails, inner wings, bumper mounts, front and rear crossmembers as well as where the bulkhead meets the floor.
 
• Finding an original interior is extremely unlikely today, as the sun can take its toll on the dashboard top, while leather seats are often re-trimmed. Check the quality of any recent trimming work. One of the great things about the Austin-Healey is that there is no shortage companies producing replacement parts, so a tatty interior shouldn’t put you off – just don’t expect a re-trim to come cheap. Finding a car with an original hardtop is unusual, although modern replicas have been available for some time. 
 
• Adding telescopic dampers to the rear suspension makes a huge difference to the ride and handling. Another upgrade worth looking out for is a modified Panhard rod, which is a must when running grippier radial tyres. 
 
• At the front adjustable shock absorber mounts and other tweaks are also useful, which allow for negative camber and decent set-up to counter understeer. 
 
• Disc brakes were standard on all 3000s, although a servo was only made an option on the Mk2, with it becoming standard on all Mk3 models. This is a worthwhile addition to any Big Healey.
 
• Steering boxes are usually very worn, so check for any play around the straight ahead when on a test drive. If it feels sloppy, you can attempt to service the box with new gear and peg, while new replacements are available. If going for a new replacement, it’s worth considering a quicker ratio box, suited better to competition use.
 
• With the engine, guaranteeing the cooling with an improved radiator is a smart move, while fitting an alternator and electronic ignition for reliability also make sense. 
 
• These lusty straight-six motors are all about easy torque. If you want to go all out, building a 185bhp engine with a steel crank and rods, big valve alloy head, hot cam, high-lift rockers and competition manifolds and tripple Webers is the expensive option – leaving little change from £20k. For road use, an honest 150bhp from a well set-up triple SU carbs is hard to beat, and much more cost effective not to mention usable.
 
• The engines are generally very reliable, and if serviced can rack up large mileages before a rebuild is needed. Check for strong oil pressure and any signs of oil burning on a decent test drive.
 

Model history

 
March 1959-May ’61: 3000 Mk1, BN7 (two-seater), BT7 (2+2), 2912cc six-cylinder engine, 124bhp, disc front brakes.
 
April 1961-June ’62: 3000 Mk2, BN7 and BT7. Engine upgraded to 132bhp with triple SU carburettors, new grille with slats and revised bonnet intake.
 
February 1962-November ’63: 3000 Mk2a BJ7. Revised ‘convertible’-style windscreen, quarterlights, wind-up windows, new folding hood, only available as a 2+2, back to twin SU carburettors, 131bhp.
 
November 1963-December ’67: 3000 Mk3 BJ8. Full-width wooden dash, tunnel console and better trim. Only available as a 2+2. 148bhp with twin SUs. Phase 2 had improved rear suspension travel.
 

Owners clubs, forums and websites

 
• www.austinhealeyclub.com – UK-based Austin-Healey Club
• healeydriversclub.co.uk – UK-based Healey Drivers’ Club
• www.ahspares.co.uk – Austin-Healey parts
• www.cape-international.com – Austin-Healey specialist
• www.bighealey.co.uk – Austin-Healey specialist
 

Summary and prices

 
Austin-Healey 3000 prices have been creeping up as drivers realise there is rarely a ‘cheap’ option. Prices used to range from £18-£30k but now decent Big Healeys cost from £28,000, with very good examples fetching £60,000+.
 
The two-seater (BN7) roadster 3000 Mk1 is perhaps the bargain of the range. Expect to pay £40k+ for a good one. The more refined Mk3s are now valued at £55,000-£65,000 or you could opt for a less-expensive 100/6 for around £18,000, and have it improved to 3000 spec.
 
Big Healeys are tough, charismatic and simple sports cars of the old school. Typically, when worn out or badly restored or set-up they are unpleasant and crude. But drivers now realise that careful restoration with sensible improvements can transform these cars into effective roadsters that handle, brake, ride and perform with the best of them. The specialists now fully understand all the weaknesses, and good replacement parts have been remade to bring these straightforward cars up to the mark.
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  • Austin-Healey 3000

    £59,995 £59,995

    AUSTIN HEALEY 3000 MK1 RUDDSPEED 1961, finished in British racing green with black interior. This remarkable matching numbers original U.K R.H.D model was supplied new by Milne and Russel Limited of Croydon. The car was supplied new with uprated equipment such as overdrive, wire wheels, heater, etc. before going on to be fitted with Ruddspeed Ltd upgrades. The car was treated to a high compression cylinder head with a high lift camshaft, triple SU carburettors, lightened and balance crank and flywheel, custom made exhaust manifold and side pipe exhaust system. In 1996 the car underwent a full photographic rebuild which is also very well detailed in the cars comprehensive history file. Completed in 1997 the car has been in regular use but still remains in fabulous condition which echoes the quality of the restoration that took place. A truly stunning example with an interesting and rare history. Please call with any further questions. Further photographs can be seen on the website. www.torosportscars.com

    • Year: 1961
    For sale
    £59,995 £59,995
    Alan Bull
    Alan Bull
  • Austin-Healey 3000

    £75,000 £75,000

    Austin Healey 3000 Mk 3 BJ8 phase 2. Dispatched to USA in 1965 as a personal export delivery. This car has been the subject of an older but total restoration with photographic record. Original Healey blue car in excellent condition. Finished the classic duo tone colour scheme of Healey blue over ivory white with blue trim and blue weather equipment. Fitted with chrome wire wheels, overdrive, mota lita and woodrim steering wheel. We will supply this car fully serviced with new blue hood, new chrome wire wheels and new tyres.

    • Year: 1966
    • Engine size: 3
    For sale
    £75,000 £75,000
  • Austin-Healey 3000

    £15,000 £15,000

    Austin Healey 3000 Mk 3 BJ8 LHD rare phase 1. Original ex US duo tone black over red numbers matching car in need of total restoration. This car is complete with all its correct major components including original high dipstick engine, centre change gearbox, 2” SU carburettors and instruments. Supplied with NOVA certificate, heritage certificate and all duties are paid. This car will need to be restored onto a new chassis. We can supply a chassis and all other parts requires to restore this car or we can price to restore this car.

    • Year: 1964
    • Engine size: 3
    For sale
    £15,000 £15,000
  • Austin-Healey 3000

    £59,950 £59,950

    Austin Healey 3000 Mk 3 BJ8 Phase 2. Ex US LHD car which has been the subject of an older extensive restoration. Finished in the classic Healey duo tone colour scheme of ice blue over ivory white with blue leather trim and blue weather equipment. Fitted chrome wire wheels, badge bar and overdrive. We will supply this car fully serviced with fresh MOT, spare keys, drivers handbook, jack and wheel hammer. We can convert this car to RHD if required. Please enquire.

    • Year: 1965
    • Engine size: 3
    For sale
    £59,950 £59,950
  • Austin-Healey 3000

    £77,500 £77,500

    Austin Healey 3000 MK 3 BJ8 phase 2 1965. Ex US numbers matching car which has been the subject of a total nut and bolt restoration by UK specialist including a new chassis. A photographic record of the restoration is supplied with this car. Finished in the classic Healey duo tone paint scheme of ice blue over ivory white with blue trim piped in white and blue mohair hood and tonneau. Fitted with chrome wire wheels, moto lita wood rim steering wheel, hi torque starter motor and overdrive. This car is in excellent condition and has only has minimal summer use since the restoration was completed and has excellent panel and hood gaps. Supplied with history file, fully serviced, fresh MOT, spare keys, drivers handbook, jack and wheel hammer.

    • Year: pre 1900
    For sale
    £77,500 £77,500
  • Austin-Healey 3000

    £69,950 £69,950

    Austin Healey 3000 Mk 1 BN7 1960. Ex US rare 2 seater totally restored throughout approximately 2 years ago with only minimal use since. Finished in red with black leather trim piped in red with black hood and black tonneau. This car has been fitted with 2” SU carburettors, 6 branch sports exhaust manifold, electronic distributor, spot lights, wood rim steering wheel, chrome wire wheels and overdrive. We will supply this car fully serviced, fresh MOT, spare keys, drivers handbook, jack and wheel hammer. Excellent example.

    • Year: 1960
    • Engine size: 3
    For sale
    £69,950 £69,950
  • 1965 Austin-Healey 3000 MK BJ8

    $34,750(£0) $34,750(£0)

    1965 Austin-Healey MK 3000 BJ8 The featured 1965 Austin-Healey MK 3000 BJ8 is available in red with white coves with black interior and comes equipped with a manual transmission, overdrive, dual carburetors, rear luggage rack, wire wheels, soft top, tonneau cover and includes the spare tire and jack. Mechanically sound. For $34,750 If you have any additional questions Please call 310-975-0272 or email with any questions! We also welcome all international buyers. We can help with shipping quotes and arrangements.

    • Year: 1965
    For sale
    $34,750(£0) $34,750(£0)
  • 1960 Austin-Healey 3000 BN7

    $32,500(£0) $32,500(£0)

    1960 Austin-Healey 3000 BN7 This refreshing 1960 Austin-Healey 3000 BN7 2 Seater Sports Car comes in old English white with gold coves and a creme interior. It comes with a manual transmission, dual carburetors, overdrive, wire wheels, soft top, side curtains, spare tire and workshop manuals. Very presentable and highly collectible model that is mechanically sound. For $32,500 If you have any additional questions Please call 310-975-0272 or email with any questions! We also welcome all international buyers. We can help with shipping quotes and arrangements.

    • Year: 1960
    For sale
    $32,500(£0) $32,500(£0)
  • 1960 Austin-Healey 3000 BT7

    $11,750(£0) $11,750(£0)

    1960 Austin-Healey 3000 BT7 The 1960 Austin-Healey 3000 BT7 Convertible Sports Car displayed here is available in old English white and has a manual transmission, dual carburetors, overdrive, wire wheels, side curtains, soft top frame and includes the spare tire. Excellent candidate for restoration. For $11,750 If you have any additional questions Please call 310-975-0272 or email with any questions! We also welcome all international buyers. We can help with shipping quotes and arrangements.

    • Year: 1960
    For sale
    $11,750(£0) $11,750(£0)
  • Austin Healey 3000 MK3 1965

    €89,950(£0) €89,950(£0)

    Austin Healey 3000 MK3 1965 Body off restored We are proud to have body off restored in our workshop this 1965 Austin healey MK3 (BJ8). Restoration has just been finished, over 1500 hours spend on restoring in our workshop. Car is in original blue with old english white. Everything on the car is new and/or revised including engine and gearbox. Full photogallery of restauration present. New dark blue interior, new dark blue softtop in sonnenland fabric. The car also has wire wheels and overdrive. This is an abosolute top condition Austin Healey.

    • Year: 1965
    For sale
    €89,950(£0) €89,950(£0)
  • Austin Healey 3000 MK3 1964

    €89,950(£0) €89,950(£0)

    This is a 1964 Austin healey 3000 MK3 (BJ8). In 2016 this car was fully restored in our workshop according to the original specifications and provided with the original colour combination of black paint with red leather interior. The combination with the wire wheels, the wooden dashboard and burgundy red Sonnenland softtop, makes this car marvellous and very chic. So a beautifully restored Austin Healey 3000 MK3 BJ8 Phase 1. This car has power steering. Car has German title and document import duties for every EU country are paid by us. Documentation is complete for registration in every EU country. You do not need to pay any import duties. We can help with transport. Trading in, buying and consignment possible.

    • Year: 1964
    For sale
    €89,950(£0) €89,950(£0)
  • 1960 Austin Healey 3000 MKI/SOLD

    POA POA

    1960 Austin Healey 3000 MKI/SOLD Possibly the best Healey ever in our inventory. 100% correct, all matching numbers with flawless original sheet metal. This car has been fully restored by a Healey expert, but no body panels were replaced. The car had one owner for much of its life and has always been meticulously cared for. Comes with its original factory hardtop, original tool roll and original owner's manual. It is turn key and ready to show or drive. Price is $69,500/SOLD

    • Year: 1960
    For sale
    POA POA
  • Austin Healey 3000 MKIII 1966

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    SOLD / VERKAUFT / VENDU/ VERKOCHT Austin Healey 3000 MK3 BJ8 1966 needs full restoration Very hard to find, 1966 Austin Healey 3000MK3 BJ8, for restoration. The car seems to be complete for about 98% and the chassis seems to be damagefree. The car has a lot of rust, common for unrestored Healeys. Car has USA title and document importduties for every EU country are paid by us. Documentation is complete for registration in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importduties. We can help with transport. Trading in, buying and consignment possible.

    • Year: 1966
    For sale
    POA POA
  • 1967 AUSTIN HEALEY 3000 MK III BJ8

    $85,000(£0) $85,000(£0)

    --British Racing Green with Black interior, Black carpeting with Black soft top, showing 47,000 miles, Exceptional restoration by marque specialists Fourintune, Only 4,000 collector owner miles since restoration, 3.0 liter 6-cylinder engine, 4-speed manual transmission with overdrive, Numbers matching, BMHT Heritage Certificate. 1967 marked the last year and final version of the “big” Healey, the 3000 Mark III, series BJ8. The 3-litre, 6-cylinder, twin SU carburetors engine produced 150bhp, which was the most of any model in the Austin Healey lineup. The Phase II Healey 3000 improvements included a revised exhaust system, a revised rear suspension to increase ride height for improved ground clearance, and a vacuum brake booster as standard. The 3000 Mark III series BJ8 was the only model in the range of Austin Healey’s that featured a lavish cockpit including a dashboard of burled walnut veneer, a center console with the curved windscreen, wing windows and roll-up side windows which were introduced just before on the series BJ7 model. It is clearly the most comfortable and most luxurious of all Austin Healey’s. This 1967 Austin Healey 3000 MK III BJ8 was produced in May 1967 and ha

    • Year: 1967
    • Mileage: 47000 mi
    For sale
    $85,000(£0) $85,000(£0)
  • 1961 Austin-Healey 3000 BT7

    $22,750(£0) $22,750(£0)

    1961 Austin-Healey 3000 BT7 This 1961 Austin-Healey 3000 BT7 convertible sports car is offered in British Racing Green with a black interior. It features a manual transmission, dual carburetors, overdrive, solid wheels, soft top and side curtains. It has has the same owner since 1980 and is a great candidate for restoration. For $22,750 If you have any additional questions Please call 310-975-0272 or email with any questions! We also welcome all international buyers. We can help with shipping quotes and arrangements.

    • Year: 1961
    For sale
    $22,750(£0) $22,750(£0)
  • 1962 Austin-Healey 3000 BT7 Tri-Carb

    $29,500(£0) $29,500(£0)

    1962 Austin-Healey 3000 Tri-Carb BT7 The featured 1962 Austin-Healey 3000 Tri-Carb BT7 in old English white with black interior is equipped with a 4 speed manual transmission, triple SU carburetors, overdrive, wire wheels with white wall tires and includes the hard top. Excellent original car. Just came out of the dry desert state of Arizona. For $29,500 If you have any additional questions Please call 310-975-0272 or email with any questions! We also welcome all international buyers. We can help with shipping quotes and arrangements.

    • Year: 1962
    For sale
    $29,500(£0) $29,500(£0)
  • 1962 Austin-Healey 3000 Mark II BT7 Tri-Carb

    $36,500(£0) $36,500(£0)

    1962 Austin-Healey 3000 MK II BT7 Tri-Carb This 1962 Austin-Healey 3000 MK II BT7 Tri-Carb is shown here in old English white with black interior piped in white. Comes equipped with a manual transmission, overdrive, wire wheels, soft top, side curtains, tonneau cover and includes the spare tire. Very desirable triple carbureted model. Same owner since 1978. Mechanically sound. For $36,500 If you have any additional questions Please call 310-975-0272 or email with any questions! We also welcome all international buyers. We can help with shipping quotes and arrangements.

    • Year: 1962
    For sale
    $36,500(£0) $36,500(£0)
  • Austin Healey 3000 MK. II 2,9 Roadster

    €50,000(£0) €50,000(£0)

    Austin Healey 3000 MK. II 2,9 Roadster Equipment: Bemærk bilen står i Odense Nedsat pris Restaureret i 2012 Bilen står som ny Ingen rust Motor renoveret Flot farvekombination En bil som skal ses og opleves Ring for info

    • Year: 1962
    For sale
    €50,000(£0) €50,000(£0)
  • 1965 Austin Healey 3000 MKIII

    POA POA

    Hailed as one of Britain’s most infamous Sports Cars, the Austin Healey has long deserved the recognition it gets today as an upstanding collector car. These little sports cars incorporate all of the right elements to bring back a real understanding of what fun was like behind the wheel in 1960’s. If it weren’t for Austin Healey’s demise in 1968 there would certainly be a rather interesting contribution to today’s contemporary sports cars. Since this is not the case, today we are left with just under 43,000 units produced in total between 1959-1967. Perhaps the most sought after, desired, user friendly and best variants are the MKIII or BJ8 as they are commonly referred to. These last production examples offered roll up windows, weather tight and easy to use top, heater, front disc brakes and a finely crafted wood dash and other little accouterments that make a car so user friendly and enjoyable. As such, they remain at the top of the list for any serious British sports car collector or enthusiast looking to rekindle their youth. The example on offer here, chassis number HBJ8L29131 has benefited from a total restoration by marque specialist, Knut Holzer. The car has been completed

    • Year: 1965
    For sale
    POA POA
  • 1966 Austin Healey 3000 MKIII

    POA POA

    Hailed as one of Britain’s most infamous Sports Cars, the Austin Healey has long deserved the recognition it get’s today as an upstanding collector car. These little sports cars incorporate all of the right elements to bring back a real understanding of what fun was like behind the wheel in 1960’s. If it weren’t for Austin Healey’s demise in 1968 there would certainly be a rather interesting contribution to today’s contemporary sports cars. Since this is not the case, today we are left with just under 43,000 units produced in total between 1959-1967. Perhaps the most sought after, desired, user friendly and best variants are the MKIII or BJ8 as they are commonly referred to. These last production examples offered roll up windows, weather tight and easy to use top, heater, front disc brakes and a finely crafted wood dash and other little accouterments that make a car so user friendly and enjoyable. As such, they remain at the top of the list for any serious British sports car collector or enthusiast looking to rekindle their youth. The example being offered here, a 1966 Austin Healey 3000 MKIII, Chassis # HBJ8L32832, is everything one desires in a Big Healey, through and through. It

    • Year: 1966
    For sale
    POA POA
  • 1965 Austin Healey MKIII

    POA POA

    When it comes to defining what makes a good traditional sports car, there are a few non-negotiable elements that the majority of car people can agree on. It has to have two doors, a powerful engine mounted in the front, power getting sent to the rear wheels though a manual gearbox, and an enticing exhaust note that beckons the user to open up the taps. Even today, the Austin Healey 3000 manages to do just that. The genesis of Austin Healey stems from Donald Healey’s deep admiration for motor racing which directly translated to his beloved Big Healeys. The lineage of the 3000 begins with the 100-4, which evolved over the years into the 3000, receiving disc brakes, a 6-cylinder power plant, and offered a variety of platforms. Over the years the options and specs varied between two-seater or four-seater, a detachable hardtop, dual or triple carburetors, overdrive, and multiple paint schemes, which was an uncommon practice for sports car manufactures in period. Typically, what they decide to build is what you got but Austin Healey was one of the first to break free of that mold. The combination of variety and performance is a large reason to why these nostalgic roadsters were so well r

    • Year: 1965
    For sale
    POA POA