1967 Austin-Healey

Demand remained steady for the 1967 Austin-Healey -- 4,000 to 5,000 cars a year until the end of 1967. By then, however, British Motor Corporation's (BMC) management was appalled by the new safety regulations being proposed in the USA.

Sensing that it could not get the aging car to meet them, BMC decided to kill off the old BJ8 in favor of the forthcoming MGC, which quite unsuccessfully mated the 3000's six-cylinder engine to the MGB.

1966 Austin-Healey
1967 marked the end of Austin-Healey “big car” production.

No matter how hard Donald and Geoff Healey tried to dissuade corporate decision-makers, they could not be moved. Not even the building of a totally reengineered prototype, which was not only six inches wider but was fitted with a 175-bhp 4.0-liter six-cylinder Rolls-Royce engine, could change their minds.

With their ties to BMC cut, the Healeys were now free to move on to their next automotive venture, the Jensen-Healey. Existing BJ8 assembly ran down rapidly in autumn 1967.

Only 15 cars were built that December, which should have brought the project neatly to a close, but in March 1968, an influential regular customer persuaded Abingdon to build him one final extra-special car from existing spare parts.

Thus, almost 15 years after it had begun, the big Healey story was finally at an end, with a total of 73,054 cars produced. Its reputation never faded, an enthusiastic preservation body of owners soon built up, and many of the cars still survive to this day.

Check out the next page for 1953-67 Austin-Healey 100 and 3000 specifications.

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