Monday, November 18, 2013

Jensen-Healey (1972-76)

The Jensen-Healey is a two-seater convertible sports car that was originally produced between 1972 and 1976 by Jensen Motors, Ltd. It was designed in a joint venture by Austin-Healey and Jensen Motors. It was hoped that Healey could help to contribute the sense of style that made the Austin-Healey a hit. All of the Jensen-Healey models came equipped with the then-new 1973 cc Lotus 907 engine, a two litre, dual overhead cam, 16 valve all-alloy powerplant. This multi-valve engine has a claim to be the first to be used in a "mass produced" car. This setup puts out approximately 144 bhp, topping out at 119 mph (192 km/h) and accelerating from zero to 60 mph in 8.1 seconds. 4 or 5 speed manual transmission.

The interiors started out austere and functional, with plastic centre consoles and all-black colour schemes for Mk I models. In August 1973, Mk II models added aesthetic extras such as a clock, wood grain on the dashboard and glove-box and padding as well as air conditioning as an option were added. 

A related fastback, the Jensen GT was introduced in 1975. This model went even further by offering an elaborate burr walnut wood dashboard and paisley-patterned cloth seats, with leather as an option. 10,498 units of the Jensen-Healey and 509 units of the Jensen GT were produced by 1976. (wikipedia)

Jensen GT Fastback (1975-76)

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