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1967 Austin Healey 3000 - The End Of The Line For The Big Healey

By: Mario J Johnson

The 1967 Austin Healey 3000 was the last year the Big Healey was produced. This last model was the BJ8 MKIII, and was the largest and most luxurious of all the Austin Healey's that were ever manufactured.

The power unit for this Big Healey was a 6 cylinder overhead cam 177.7 cubic inch monster of an engine. It could turn out 150 bhp that was controlled by a 4 speed manual gear box. To fuel this engine was a pair of SU HD8 side mounted carburetors.

The interior was like no other. This model had a Walnut Veneer dashboard, roll up windows, and leather seats were an option, but the Ambla vinyl was standard issue. This model only came in the 2+2 version for this final year of production.

Some of the more diehard enthusiasts of the Austin Healey consider this to be the last true Healey produced, but the production of the Sprite lasted until 1971.

This auto was a successful race car in its day making the rounds at Sebring and Le Mans, but in the end was outshined by the Cooper Mini. Before this car retired, it was capable of reaching speeds up to 120 mph.
This car was mainly made for the American market which is why the production ended in 1967. In 1968, the American federal government enacted the first of a series of regulations on the exhaust gases a car could produce. These new emission control requirements would require devices that would add extra cost to the vehicle and reduce its power.

This is why the 1967 Austin Healey 3000 was the last of its kind.

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