Donald Healey was active in motor sport well before World War II, his achievements including an outright win with an Invicta in the Monte Carlo Rally and no less than six Alpine Cups. He drove and designed cars for Triumph from 1934 to 1939, but after the war he decided to go it alone and produced a series of sports cars using Riley and Nash engines that soon ran up an impressive number of successes in events such as the Targa Florio, the Mille Miglia and the 24 hour races at Spa and Le Mans. In 1952 he showed his Healey 100 at the London Motor Show. This used the four cylinder, 2.6 litre Austin A90 engine and, by the time the show closed, Healey had been signed up by the Austin Motor Co, which would make the car as the Austin Healey.
The ultimate Healey model came in early 1964 with the introduction of the BJ8, the 3000 Mk III. The car incorporated myriad changes, most notably increased power, twin 2” SUs, revised exhaust system, new dash design, electronic tachometer and vacuum brake servo. The interior was far more refined, for example: the old steel dash panel was replaced with wood veneer, the seats covered in real leather and a useful console placed between the front seats.
This lovely left hand drive example in metallic blue was restored in 1988/89 and has stood the test of time whilst it was in Maine USA. The paintwork is extremely good as is the blue interior and matching blue hood.
This model has the desirable and tractable 3000 engine and is the ‘Phase one’ example making it a little bit rarer that other models. This is a wonderful example of these iconic British sports cars, which are a joy to drive and puts the thrill back into open top motoring both here in the UK or in Europe. Not to be missed.