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Jensen-Healey, Jensen GT
Jensen moved into the control of its American distributor Kjell Qvale in 1970 and he attempted to recapture the Austin-Healey that Jensen had manufactured on behalf of BMC until 1968. Kjell talked to Donald Healey and made him Chairman of the company, and his sons Geoffrey and Brian Healey started the design of the car. Hugo Poole did the styling of the car, but William Towns (Aston Martin) finalised the design. Negotiations for several different engines were tried, but almost by chance the new Lotus 907 1973cc dohc was discovered and chosen for the Jensen-Healey. Vauxhall provided chassis and steering components, Sunbeam provided the gearbox. Lauched at Geneva in 1972 the first Jensen-Healeys were not reliable and within a year the MkII model had been rolled out. From 1974 Federal bumpers were carried, and the Jensen-Healey ceased production in 1976 when Jensen folded.
The Jensen GT was launched in 1975 but had existed as an idea from 1972 and as a sketch by Kevin Beattie. The 'Healey' part of the name was dropped in 1974 after the Healey family walked away from Kjell Qvale. However, the GT back added almost 25 per cent to the cost of the car and the market was not large enough for economic production. Jensen folded in 1976 after producing 10,400 Jensen-Healeys and 473 Jensen GTs.
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Jensen GT. The Jensen GT only carried 'Jensen' badges as the 'Jensen-Healey' partnership collapsed in 1974.
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Jensen GT. Badge on rear bumper
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Jensen-Healey - bonnet badge
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Jensen GT
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Jensen-Healey MkII. The Jensen-Healey Series II was given different headlamp nacelles (and later Federal bumpers). Engine was a 1973cc dohc Lotus engine which had Dell Orto carbs in Europe, and Strombergs in North America.
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Jensen GT. An 'estate' version of the Jensen-Healey roadster had been under consideration since 1972, but the execution of it was a last ditch attempt to save the Jensen name against a background of a declining market for high priced cars.
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Jensen GT. Unveiled in 1975, the 'Healey' part of 'Jensen-Healey' was dropped for the GT model since the Healey family had broken ties with Jensen after a dispute in 1974
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Jensen GT. The GT was inspired by the new genre of sports estates pioneered by the Volvo 1800ES and Reliant Scimitar GTE. It used the existing panel work of the Jensen-Healey roadster with a closed top added on top.
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Jensen GT. Designed for a more up-market customer than the Jensen-Healey GT roadster, the GT was priced at 25 per cent more than the open car, and there were not enough customers willing to pay that amount.
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Jensen-Healey MkI 1973. MkI cars had plainer bumpers, body-coloured headlamp nacelles, but MkII cars had better build quality, and better fitted interiors.
Jensen-Healey MkI reary
Jensen-Healey 1973. Later cars had larger federal bumpers
Jensen-Healey MkII front
Jensen-Healey. The MkII Jensen-Healey was launched in 1973 as a way of righting the teething problems of the MkI. In 1974 aqll cars were given the black 5mph bumpers required by Federal regulations.
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Jensen-Healey MkII 1975.
Jensen-Healey MkII rear
Jensen-Healey MkII.
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Jensen-Healey MkII 1975. Late model Jensen-Healeys had larger federalised bumpers and side running lights. Of 7,140 MkIIs made, almost 6,000 were sold in North America.
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Jensen GT. Launched by Jensen at the London Motor Show 1975. 470 were sold before Jensen ceased production
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Jensen-Healey MkII.
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Jensen Healey - front wheel
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Designer: William Towns
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