1964 Austin Healey 3000 Mark III Phase II for sale
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This is an early 3000 BJ8 Phase II with the
late improved clearance suspension and push button door handles, but only one
tail/parking light at each corner. Built
for the USA in Oct. 1964 and shipped to Compton, CA (LA area) where it stayed
for 45 years. Heritage Certificate confirms this is a matching number car - white
with a red interior. In February 2014 this car achieved its Austin- Healey
Concours Registry Gold Certificate (the highest award), receiving 969 of 1,000
points. Accessories include Heater, Overdrive,
and Tonneau. The interior is now red
leather. The car completed restoration in 2007 and the restoration was cleaned
up to meet Healey club standards in 2013.
It is essentially perfect ready to show or drive. About 5,000 miles since 2007 including 1,000 miles since 2014 award.
The economy was weak in California during 1964 and 1965, primarily
due to a downturn in Aerospace, and apparently the car did not sell. Sometime in late 1965 the factory sent a 1966
BMC model year tag for the dealer to attach to the ID plate. The factory adopted
this practice of sending new model year tags to dealers so if cars were moving
slowly dealers would not be stuck with “stale” inventory. Therefore when the car was sold it was
registered in California as first sold in 1965 as a 1966 model. It is still registered as a 1966 model year. The
license plates are the original California black plates issued in 1965. The front plate is a custom plate from Moss
Motors in English configuration to improve clearance, but with the CA numbers.
The car had an adjustable steering
column. This was replaced by a fixed
period correct wood wheel, however, the original adjustable plastic wheel in
included. After judging the unused radio
grill was replaced with a volt meter and interior light. This can be replaced by the proper grill for
judging if desired. It is presently
driven with a red tonneau or red convertible top boot, however for show the correct
black tonneau and top boot are included.
The car wears chrome wire wheels today, but a
set of 5 Dunlop painted wheels with proper radial tires for show are