1963 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk II
- Family Owned since 1969
- BJ7 (Big Healey) Series
- 2912cc Straight 6-Cylinder with Dual SU Carbs
1963 Austin Healey 3000 Mark II
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“They ended up with the MG, they ended up with the Triumph. But, truth be told, they coveted the Big Healey.” George Baxter, an Austin Healey concours judge quoted in “The Handsome Healey,” Hemmings Sports and Exotic, 11/14
George Baxter went on to wax eloquent on the model's appeal: “The Big Healey does have a presence that many people respond to, which is quite evident when we're out and about. It brings smiles and comments from many onlookers, and invites conversation. Oh, and to look down that long, beautiful bonnet and to hear that deep throaty growl emanating from the twin tipped exhaust–it is arguably one of the best notes in the car world.”
While Mr. Baxter may have been a bit biased, there's no arguing that when it comes to classic British sporting automobiles, the 3000 Mark II (BJ7) “Big Healeys” are among the most highly prized. Low slung, long-hooded, wire-wheeled, and narrow tired, these were cars as at home on the twisty English backroads, as they were at Hollywood movie premiers. And of the 6,113 Austin Healey 3000 Mark II cars (easily identified by their beautifully redesigned grille) produced, the “sporting convertibles” were probably the most cherished. Wind-in-your-hair driving is just so… British. But it needn't be primitive. For 1963, roll-up windows replaced side curtains, and the convertible top was a one-hand operation, rather than the more challenging and complicated earlier designs. Collectors today also appreciate that these cars retained the classic look of the dashboard painted in body color rather than the later wood-grain versions.
With regard to performance, the Mark II cars delivered more with less from their 2.9-liter straight-six engines. David LaChance of Hemmings Sports and Exotic explained: “Tuning three carburetors was a finicky job, and complaints led British Motor Corporation to replace the (three) HS4s with a pair of SU HS6 carburetors in June 1962. This change lopped just one horsepower off the engine's rating. In fact, when Autocar magazine tested the new model, designated the BJ7, they discovered that it was six seconds quicker to 100 MPH, and a second quicker in the standing quarter-mile, than its predecessor.”
The Austin Healey 3000 Mark ii (BJ7) offered here is a stellar example of a lovingly maintained car that never required a massive restoration. As such, it displays in collector-grade condition. The patina of use on the blue-with-cream-piping leather seats has an appeal unmatched by newly restored fresh leather. Interior carpeting and leather door trim is all nicely kept. Gauges, iconic steering wheel, floor-tunnel-mounted four-speed shifter, and dashboard retain their original look. The exterior finishes on the car's classic light-blue paint, original engine, and wire wheels reflect the care given the car by two generations of the same family who've owned the car for the past 50 years, and who piloted it for most of its 81,000 miles. The same is true for the brightwork, emblems, and lenses front and rear. Probably the newest surface on the car is the blue fabric convertible top. Why the car even had a brush with celebrity with the owner having treated Olivia Newton John to a ride in it back in the day.
We invite in-person inspection by appointment of this beautiful Big Healey. Meanwhile, the more than 175 photographs of the car and the short walk-around video on the GarageKeptMotors site faithfully represent the car's condition.
One final bit from Mr. Baxter captures the intangible, but significant joy of owning this fine automobile: “The Healey gives (us) the opportunity to be transported to a simpler place and time and allows us to forget the daily stresses of our modern world.”