Freshly Restored: 1965 Austin-Healey 3000 BJ8 MK III – $62,000

Aug 2020 | Classifinds, Sports Car Saturday

Long-time followers know we’ve featured our fair share of clapped-out “Big Healey” projects that will likely take years and even more more money to complete than this freshly restored 1965 Mark III example listed yesterday here on Craigslist in Hampton, New Hampshire. With only a stated 49,000 original miles, a BMI Heritage Trust Certificate, and documented history for all but ten years of this car’s existence, this Big Healy currently has an asking price of $62,000.   A review of the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has his Healey priced between the #2 “Excellent” appraisal of $78,400 and the #3 “Good” estimate of $48,200.  If you are serious about buying this Big Healey, you can start the conversation by calling Frank at (847) 687-2066.  When you do, please remember to mention you saw his stunning 3000 Mk III featured here on GuysWithRides.com.

Austin-Healey produced the stunning 3000 in several iterations from 1959 through 1967.  In February 1964, the company launched the Mark III version of the BJ8 3000 that featured a power increase from 136- to 150 brake horsepower through the use of a new higher lift camshaft. SU HD8 carburetors replaced the previous HS6 units designed to increase the effective choke surface area by over thirty percent. Power-assisted braking became standard, while the new car’s revised dashboard displayed its speedometer and tachometer directly in front of the driver. Upholstery was now in Ambla vinyl instead of traditional leather.  Just three months later in May 1964, Austin-Healey launched the Phase II version of the Mark III, which gained ground clearance through a modified rear chassis.

Hagerty Insurance had Wayne Carini of Chasing Classic Cars fame provide a buyer’s guide for these cars that’s posted currently on YouTube:

While the seller indicates this car carries its original matching numbers powertrain, the Heritage Trust certificate indicates this car  originally carried a black exterior with a red interior.  The complete color change really works well for this example, so no harm, no foul in our opinion as the price seems to reflect that.  Why waste your time finding, sourcing parts, and restoring your own Healey when you can enjoy this car now for what will likely end up being less money in the long term.  Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“A fresh numbers-matching big Healey that’s newly restored and highly documented. Most pictures on request. British Car Museum Heritage Certificate provided, plus 44-year complete history documentation.

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