- Chassis # HBJ8L34343
- Engine # 29KRUH8995
- Comprehensive Restoration by BRC of Philadelphia
- Less than 1,000 Miles Since Completion
- Offered With BMIHT Certificate
- Offered In Original Colors With Tasteful Upgrades
One of the most beautiful open-top roadsters of its era, the Austin-Healey 3000 is a refreshing, peppy alternative to the exclusive (and expensive) Jaguar E-type of the 1960s. Its stately styling, compact size, and lively six-cylinder engine made it popular with the motorsports enthusiasts of its time. And today, despite its strong collector value, the 3000 is still a favorite in the vintage racing circuit, where its distinctly British open-top experience is hard to match.
The 3000’s DNA can be traced back to the 1952 Earls Court Motor Show, where the Donald Healey Motor Company debuted the “Healey Hundred.” A striking sports roadster that could reach 100 mph, the Hundred was the brainchild of automotive entrepreneur Donald Healey, who built and designed the show car out of his home attic using spare Austin parts. Sir Leonard Lord, then the chief of the Austin Motor Company, was impressed with Healey’s prototype–so impressed that he offered to build the car in his factories under the “Austin-Healey” moniker. Lord and Healey quickly entered into a partnership that created the British Motor Corporation, whose purpose was to manufacture the Austin-Healey 100. By 1953, the 100 was already tearing up British B-roads.
By 1956, BMC reached across its powertrain portfolio and added an uprated 3.0-liter straight-six to the 100’s chassis, creating the first Austin-Healey 3000. The model continued to develop throughout the 1960s, sporting higher-performance carburetors, braking systems, and camshafts that culminated in the MKIII BJ8, which launched in February 1964. By that time, power had increased to 150 horsepower, and the MKIII stayed in production until 1967. Just under 18,000 MKIIIs were produced, and today, they remain the most iconic version of the 3000.
This particular 3000 BJ8 roadster, chassis # HBJ8L34343 is presented in its original British Racing Green (color code GN29), is a well-documented example with long-term ownership. The car remained with an early owner in Maryland until October of 1975, when the car was sold to a Mr. Payne of Falls Church, VA for a grand total of $2,000. Mr. Payne drove and maintained the car on an as needed basis for over 40 years. With a recommissioning taking place in 2010-2011 by local specialist shop Healey Surgeons of Takoma Park, MD replacing suspension components, mufflers, brakes, a radiator, steering components, the fuel pump, and convertible top components. Totaling just over $15,000 of receipts at this time. Putting it back into driver status.
In 2016, Mr. Payne sold the car as a very original, running-and-driving example to a new owner, who promptly contracted British Restoration Corp (BRC), a renowned Healey restorer based in Philadelphia, PA to complete a total, nut-and-bolt restoration. In addition to complete mechanical and cosmetic restoration, BRC added a number of tasteful upgrades at the request of the customer. To sharpen performance, the shop installed a stainless-steel exhaust, a high-capacity oil pan, a high-torque starter, and a higher density radiator (while looking stock). Cosmetic upgrades included stainless-steel wire wheels, a mohair top, floor insulation, and leather seats, all of which help the car’s day-to-day usability.
Since being completed in 2017, the car has covered less than 1,000 miles, and the 88,748 miles presenting on the odometer are believed to be original. Today, this wonderfully restored MKIII Phase II presents as a showroom-fresh example of one of the finest British roadsters of the 1960s. It is an ideal choice for the British motoring enthusiast who appreciates value, reliability, and a vibrant ownership community with deep ties to motorsports culture.
body and paint
As a restored example with less than 1,000 miles since completion there are very little flaws to report. The paint finish and texture is consistently show quality throughout the vehicle. The body is straight with excellent panel fitment and shut lines. Very straight and without any issues noted.
glass and trim
While not the original glass, the glass is free of any defects and was replaced during the restoration. The accompanying rubber trim is also new, supple, and there are no instances of failing or missing trim items to note.
The wheels are new and balanced wire wheels freshly wrapped with Vredestein 185/70HR15's.
seats and surfaces
The interior has received a leather upgrade throughout as opposed to the original vInyl these cars received at the factory. The dash, center console, seats, doors and kick panels are all in nearly new condition. Additional insulation in the floors have also been added during the restoration to shed the heat from the exhaust and engine these cars commonly in excess.
functionality and accessories
Everything is in working order as tested wit no issues noted.
The only issue noted, and it is more of a critique, is the transmission tunnel carpet is a bit wavy in its fitment. Purely cosmetic, not worth addressing but worth mentioning.
engine bay and trunk
The engine bay reflects that of a newly restored car with very little use. It appears correct overall with the exception of hose clamps and other such minor items as needed to bring up the reliability rating as the original wire type hose clamps have a tendency to fail. While the radiator is triple core, it appears stock and peering own into the engine bay one can also see a high-torque starter has also been added. Otherwise, nicely detailed and very high quality presentation.
The trunk area is more of the same high quality presentation. Though it should be noted that a painted spare is included, not a chrome spare as fitted to the other 4 corners of the car. There is also a correct hammer, but no tool kit or correct jack. A nicely restored trunk area with no needs.
The engine was rebuilt in house as needed by BRC. It starts easily, runs strong, builds nice oil pressure and holds a steady operating temperature. In addition to the triple density radiator core upgrade and high torque starter a high capacity oil pan and stainless exhaust system has also been installed.
The transmission is the original 4-speed with overdrive. It shifts well with no grinding noted and the overdrive in correct working order in 3rd and 4th gears.
brakes and suspension
The braking system remains stock and functioning as new with no pulling and strong response as needed.
Overall this is a tidy package, a new car in a sense. Big Healeys combine massive torque with open air motoring in a well appointed interior. This particular car is as if one ordered a brand new example. Having received a total restoration by BRC of Philadelphia it has no needs, is turn key and does everything one of these cars is supposed to do.