Austin-Healeys evolved dramatically during the marque's brief life. It's hard to accept today that from the debut of the first four-cylinder BN1 in 1952 to production of the last grand touring BJ8 covered a span of only seventeen years. But that's all it took.
The final Big Healey, the 1964-1968 3000 Mark III Phase 2, brought it all to a fabulous conclusion with a 150hp 3-liter twin carburetor six, luxurious appointments including comfortable seats and a burl wood dashboard, and a rugged, competent chassis with enhanced ground clearance.
This is a very early BJ8 Phase 2 with all the suspension and mechanical advances but employing the early Mark III's single parking/turn signal front lights. Comfortably appointed with rollup windows, a snug top and generous seats, it has been meticulously and completely restored in black with red leather upholstery, red interior trim and a black leatherette top and includes overdrive, a Moto-Lita wood rim steering wheel, chrome wire wheels and radial blackwall tires, including a chrome wire spare wheel and blackwall tire.
Its all-black exterior presentation is ominous but complementary to the BJ8's historic body lines and unusual in Healey circles. The bodywork is dead straight, done right from top to bottom and the restoration is complete, accurate and high point with just a few miles since it was completed. Paint and chrome are high point and the engine is nearly like new, a car that can be driven with pride and satisfaction, then shown with confidence at the end of a day's run.
The culmination of Austin-Healey's history, this BJ8 Phase 2 incorporates the vision of Donald Healey and the whole Healey team in a rare early version of the final series of the marque.