1967 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III
Mk III Roadster
1967 Austin Healey 3000 Mk III
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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, November 2014
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.” (Note: An excellent sampling of this sound is available on the GarageKeptMotors site by way of the startup video.)
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 III “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 back roads, as they were at Hollywood movie premiers. Wind-in-your-hair driving is just so… British.
Offered here is a truly exceptional example. Showing just over 95,000 miles, accumulated at a very conservative rate of only just over 1,750 miles per-year on average. This low mileage is evidence of responsible stewardship for this legendary sports car. This is borne out by the condition of every mechanical and cosmetic aspect of the car. The Healey now displays in collector-grade condition.
The car's exterior finish in iconic dark-green paint, characteristic vertical-slat chrome front grille (a piece of automotive artwork if ever there was one), original engine, and wire wheels (with center knock-off spinners) all reflect the care given and investments made in maintenance over the years. The same is true for the brightwork, emblems (more automotive artwork), windshield, and lighting lenses. The black fabric top is without flaws. In similar fashion, the engine bay is concours-ready with all components properly located. As suits most serious collectors, the engine bay is tidy and spotless, but it has not been over-detailed or “enhanced” with the addition of inaccurate shiny bits.
Viewed from underneath, the car's chassis displays near-perfect condition. Properly routed dual exhaust emanating from the 2.9-liter inline 6-cylinder engine, together with the bottom view of a very tidy powertrain and rust-free body, offer more conclusive proof of years—decades, actually—of meticulous care.
Inside, white piping on the leather seats adds visual interest to the overall classic black theme. Carpeting is all nicely kept. The full complement of Smiths surrounded by dark, burled walnut and tasteful touches of chrome across the dash), iconic steering wheel, floor-tunnel-mounted four-speed shifter all retain their classic originality. Tools—including a lead hammer for the knock-off spinners of the wire wheels—are included.
We expect and invite in-person inspection of this beautiful Big Healey. Indeed, the car begs for that sort of close-up look-see. We ask only that you call or email us for an appointment in advance so that we can devote our full attention to you during your visit. (Our showroom is not open to the public.) Meanwhile, the more than 130 high-definition photographs of the car and the short walk-around-and-startup video on the GarageKeptMotors site faithfully represent this Healy Mark III's condition, but feel free to call or email with any questions.
One final bit from Mr. Baxter, the Healy expert, 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.” Yes indeed.