The Austin-Healey BJ7 would debut in 1962 as part of the Austin-Healey 3000 Mark II lineup. Previous 3000 Mark II models would be released in 1961 and would feature three carburetors and an improved camshaft. They were designated the BT7 Mark II for the 2+2 seat version and as the BN7 Mark II for the two-seat version. When the 2+2 BJ7 Mark II models were introduced in January 1962, the number of carburetors would be reduced to two. Later, in March 1962 and June 1962 respectively, the BN7 Mark II and BT7 Mark II models would be discontinued. Visually, the main changes to the Austin-Healey BJ7 were the vertical bars on the front grille, wind-up windows rather than side curtains, an improved hood, and a stylish wrap-around windscreen. Perhaps most importantly, the BJ7 offered a permanently attached folding top that offered real weather protection a first for the Austin-Healey brand. It is estimated that approximately 6,113 Austin-Healey BJ7 models were manufactured between 1962 and 1963 before the 3000 Mark III was launched in October 1963.
hile the Austin-Healey 3000 models are often most recognized for their size, the 3000 is considered by many to be one of the main precursors to the modern sports car emphasizing comfort and interior space as much as performance. If youre thinking about buying an Austin-Healey BJ7, there are a few key considerations to keep in mind. First, most of the inner body, bulkheads, and floorboards are welded to the chassis and are considered stressed surfaces. This means that a body-off restoration can be quite costly and very involved, as those pieces would have to be cut off and welded again. While full restoration is quite an undertaking, finding a model in the best condition with minimal rust can save you thousands of dollars and a considerable amount of time. Another consideration to make is breaking performance. From August 1961 a brake servo was also available as an optional extra. This greatly improved braking performance and ability. When choosing a BJ7 for purchase, finding an example with this extra upgrade can be a nice find.
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