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1965 Austin Healey BJ8 MkIII
Serial # HBJ8L31953
Healey Ice Blue Metallic with Ivory Coves and a Blue Interior
Odometer: 26, 397 miles
For the past fifty-two years this BJ8 has resided within a twenty-five mile radius of the dealership that sold the
car new, British Motors of Oakland, California. The car is in above average, driver quality condition with no signs
of accident repair work. Extensive service records remain with the car going back to the late 1970’s. The
previous owner kept the car for twenty-five years in Foster City, California. The original Healey Ice Blue Metallic
paint is still visible under the dash and inside the engine bay. In 1980, an appraisal by British Motors described
the car as being in “very good original condition.”
Upon my purchase in August of 2008 I set about doing a sympathetic restoration totaling ~$60, 000, and consisting of
paint, upholstery, and mechanical work. The paint process was documented with photos showing the doors, fenders,
and trim all being removed at a cost of $12, 000 in March of 2009. The absolute best part about the paintwork is the
accuracy of the Healey Ice Blue color. The metal flake is extremely fine and thus not too bright, and very
consistent with metallics of the 1960’s. Additionally the Ivory coves are the correct shade of warm, bone white.
Inside, the front and rear seats were reupholstered in the correct materials and pattern. A new wood dash was
installed, along with new carpet, kick panels, door seals, and scuff plates. The convertible top and tonneau were
redone in the correct Everflex vinyl.
Mechanically, all systems have been gone through and the car is in great running order. Listed below is an
abbreviated list of the cosmetic and mechanical work performed since my purchase totaling $49, 527. The compression
of the engine is excellent. The motor and gearbox was rebuilt by a previous owner, with the repair order indicating
new pistons, main bearings, rod bearings, timing chain, rod bushings, valve guides (intake & exhaust), and
tensioner. At this time the clutch plate, disc, bearings, master, and slave were also done.
Within the last 300 miles, as set of new 72 spoke Motor Wheel Service UK wheels and tires were fitted along with a
complete stainless steel exhaust system.
Upon deciding to sell the car I had the car freshly serviced this month. The car was then driven on a ~170 mile
Northern California British Car Club event and further sorted. The car is currently in superb mechanical condition
and ready to be driven and enjoyed by the next owner. Feel free to call (650)483-(six)567 with any questions or to
arrange a time to see the car in person. The mechanic that services the car can be reached at (650)2(seven)1-1800.
As the car is for sale locally, I reserve the right to end the auction early. The car is being sold as-is,
where-is, with not warranty expressed or implied.
List of most recent work:
-New sway bar, tune carburetors, exhaust mounts (6/9/15) 26, 105 miles $568
-Remove gearbox and install rear main seal conversion kit,
install new tonneau cover (6/20/14) 26, 087 miles $2, 775
-New 72 spoke wheels by Motor Wheel Service UK and tires,
repair fuel sender, install LED bulbs, chk oil leak (4/10/14) 26, 087 miles $3, 484
-New stainless steel exhaust 26, 021 miles $2, 505
-Install Pertronix coil & ignition, install new hood cover (12/18/11) 25, 983 miles
-Replace oil seal on engine, repair fuel gauge $766
-Clutch master, slave, choke cable (11/3/11) 25, 966 miles $1, 117
-Build & install rear seat back, overdrive switch (7/16/10) $1, 910
-New dash upholstery, kick panels, door seals, scuff plates,
install heater (7/16/10) 25, 908 miles $4, 388
-Cables, hardware, door locks, heater work (7/16/10) $1, 980
-Window winder, 2 seat cushions, install rear seat (11/16/09) 25, 908 miles $4, 304
-Install new wood dash, glove box hinge, clutch slave, brake reservoir (10/7/08)
25, 908 miles $4, 220
-Remove dash & parts (12/04/09) $5, 808
-New Everflex vinyl top, shift lever spring, speaker screen, 3000 motif, overhaul
brake servo, repair gearbox- enlarged detents & adjusted linkages (10/14/08)
25, 756 miles $3490
-Brake hoses, rear hub gasket, brake master, ignition wire set, ma