1963 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk II BJ7

by | May 9, 2019

Photos Courtesy RM Sotheby's

1963 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk II BJ7

by | May 9, 2019

Photos Courtesy RM Sotheby's

YEAR

1963

MODEL

3000 Mk II

MANUFACTURER

Austin-Healey

ESTIMATE (US)

$60,000-$70,000

AUCTION COMPANY

RM Sotheby's

AUCTION DATE

May 29 -June 1, 2019

Let’s be honest: At some point in our automotive lives, we’ve all likely wanted an Austin-Healey 3000. It could have been in our early years, or it might be something to which we still aspire. Either way, the desire to have one of these Donald Healey creations in your garage is an understandable aspiration.

Should that be on your to-do list, you would have your choice of the Mark I, II, or III series, but a worthy choice is the Mark II type like this one offered by RM Sotheby’s.

The Mark II model was debuted in August 1962, and one major change was the shift from a triple to twin SU carburetor setup for the big 2,912-cc straight-6. With the change, horsepower was 136 at 4,750 rpm with 167 lb-ft of torque down at 3,000 rpm. Naturally, it was fitted with a 4-speed manual transmission plus a Laycock-de Normanville overdrive. Car and Driver got its 2,460-lb Healey test car to 60 mph in 10 seconds, respectable for the era.

Anyone who has driven a big Healey will know the driveline is not fussy. You can relax when you drive one and enjoy the exhaust note.

Arguably the facet of Healey 3000 that most steals an enthusiast’s heart is its exterior shape: the smiling grille, the sloping tail, and (of course) wire wheels. It’s a classic design, with Healey urging on a young Gerry Coker for the form. (Coker would end up a Senior Product Design Engineer for Ford in the U.S.) Inside are wrap-around seatbacks up front, with gauges easy to read straight ahead through a wide-rim steering wheel.

Healeys still look just right on tracks from Lime Rock to Road America to Laguna Seca. That’s a tip of the hat not only to the design itself, but also to the car’s competition history.

No wonder you want one.

RM Sotheby’s offering is finished in an almost-Ferrari red after a restoration, and it comes documented with 37 years of receipts. The interior features black leather seats with red piping. The top is also black, and the twin-carb engine looks immaculate.

There is no denying it’s quite a drive for a warm summer day.

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