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Two-Tone 1966 Austin-Healey 3000 MKIII

Looking to put a little British Sportscar in your driveway? Check out this lovely 3000 MKIII we found for sale on Hemmings.  The car is wrapped in what is arguably one of the most sought-after paint combos in the automotive universe: black on red.  But the fun doesn't stop there. The interior looks to be in good shape and up-front is a very presentable engine room. Overall the car looks to be driver quality, something you certainly wouldn't hesitate to take for a drive downtown or to a local show.  The photos in the ad fully disclose that the car has a few flaws, but you can't argue that this car simply looks good.

The seller offers a lengthy description which we encourage you to go read in full.  We've provided a snippet here for your enjoyment:

Beautiful red over black 1966 Austin Healey 3000 Mark III BJ8 with less than 100 miles since  major restoration (the odometer reads 79,610). The former owner had a major restoration performed on the car just prior to selling it to me.  According to him the engine and transmission/overdrive are original to the car.  The car starts, runs and drives well.

Engine: The previous owner reported that the engine and transmission were rebuilt but not 100% "restored" meaning, for example, that he chose to reuse the original oil pan, which was dented, rather than pay $600 or so for a replacement.  As a consequence the oil pan is not good cosmetically and leaks a bit around the gasket.  However, all of the other external engine components are in very good cosmetic condition.

I have had the engine checked by a professional shop to determine the condition. Their report indicates good compression (140 psi tested at 4500 feet elevation - see picture of report) in cylinders 1-5 with #6 slightly lower (135 psi) than the rest. Oil pressure is in the 20-50 psi range depending on engine temperature and rpm's. There are a few very minor oil leaks when the car is running as mentioned above. The ignition system has been upgraded to a Lucas Sport coil and an Allison electronic ignition.

If you're in love with these wonderful British cars, let us know if the comments area below.  For more info on Austin Healeys other classic cars, check out our mobile apps for your iPhone or iPad.

Jeff Walker

About Jeff Walker

Jeff Walker is a Classic Car Insurance Specialist and financial services professional; As the son of a Drag-Racer and auto restorer, he was born with a wrench in his hand and learned the trade at an early age. His specialty is 60’s and 70’s American Muscle but his mechanical ability has afforded him the opportunity to work on all types of cars from Alfa-Romeos to Gullwings and everything in-between. Jeff is also a motorcycle fanatic and maintains his own stable of classic & collectible bikes. He is happiest when a car or motorcycle project is underway in his garage.

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