- Fresh, Professional Restoration
- 4 Speed Manual Transmission with Overdrive
- 2912cc Inline 6
- Numbers Matching Motor, Transmission, and Chassis
- Heritage Trim Leather Seats and Carpet
- British Heritage Trust Certificate
- Final Year of the Mk II BJ7
- Extensive Restoration Photos at end of listing
(Please note: If you happen to be viewing this 1963 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk II on a website other than our Garage Kept Motors site, it's possible that you've only seen some of our many photographs of the car due to third-party website limitations. To be sure you access all the more than 340 photographs, as well as a short start-up and walk-around video, please go to our main website: Garage Kept Motors.)
"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."
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 II "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 backroads, as they were at Hollywood movie premiers. Wind-in-your-hair driving is just so... British.
Fresh from a comprehensive, professional restoration, offered here is a 1963 Austin-Healey 3000 Mark II-the final year of the Mark II BJ7. This is a stellar example of a lovingly resurrected and magnificently restored, numbers-matching (motor, transmission, and chassis) car. The comprehensive restoration work included Heritage trim and carpets. The incredibly detailed work on the car is photo-documented in the accompanying gallery. A British Heritage Trust Certificate, included with the car and shown in the gallery, adds further manufacturer documentation.
The exterior finish on the car's iconic red paint, characteristic horizontal-slat chrome front grille, original engine, and wire wheels (with center knock-off spinners) all reflect the pristine condition of a factory-fresh car, not one with 39,506 miles and nearly 60 years on the road. (To best assess the quality of the paint and trim finishes, be sure to view the close-up photographs of the car in the accompanying gallery.) The same is true for the brightwork, emblems, headlights and the lights and lenses. The black fabric top is without flaw. In similar fashion, the 2912-cc inline-6-cylinder, and all components surrounding it in the engine bay, are concours-ready showcasing what can only be called a work of automotive art. Viewed from below, the chassis is complete, undamaged, indeed, perfect. The side-routed exhaust system is one visual focal point.
Inside, the Heritage red-leather upholstery evokes thoughts of drives on twisty roads through autumn landscapes. Fresh black carpeting and red-leather door trim (with black piping) is all nicely kept. The full complement of Smiths® gauges, Smiths heater, perfectly pristine switchgear, iconic steering wheel, floor-tunnel-mounted four-speed manual transmission (with overdrive) shifter, wearing its original shift knob, and red-leather-covered dashboard expanse all showcase classic originality. The previously mentioned substantial documentation of the almost incredible restoration, together with original owner's literature, accompanies the car.
While the more than 340 high-definition photographs and the short walk-around-and-startup video available on the GarageKeptMotors website showcase this '63 Austin-Healey 3000 in detail from every angle, including from below, we expect and encourage in-person inspections at our Grand Rapids, Michigan showroom. Please call to arrange an appointment in advance as our showroom is not open to the public. And feel free to get in touch anytime by phone or email if you have questions.
One final bit from Mr. Baxter 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."
Talk about "added value."