Jensen Healey, year 1973. Colour red with a black leather interior and a black vinyl soft-top. This wonderful Jensen-Healey was imported from the USA in the year 1988 and road-registered in the Netherlands in 1990. The car has known only one owner ever since. The car was extensively restored in several phases; this Jensen is in superb top-condition and the car drives impressively well. Also, the car was given some important upgrades: the 2.2 Litre Lotus engine was tuned and fitted with Lotus 107 camshafts, a long-life cam-belt with adjustable gears, forged (JE) pistons, a lightened fly-wheel, Dell’Orto 45 mm carburettors and electronic ignition. The engine delivers approximately 170 bhp. The gearbox is a Getrag Jensen-Healey Mk 2 unit with a modified final drive. Also, the brake-system was improved with larger (JHPS) aluminium 4-piston calipers and new drum brakes at the rear. The suspension was up-rated with Koni shock-dampers and a thicker (Jensen GT) stabilizer-bar. To complete this list of sports improvements the car was fitted with magnificent alloy Panasport racing wheels. Only about 10.000 Jensen-Healey cars were built from 1972 until 1976. This is a TOP specimen!
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After the Austin Healey 3000 was taken out of production in the year 1968, car dealer and car enthusiast Kjell Qvale initiated a successor. He contacted Donald Healey and Jensen Motors with his idea. In the year 1972 the Jensen-Healey saw the light of day. It was a very modern car for it's day featuring an aluminium Lotus 907 engine with double overhead camshafts and 4 valves per cylinder. The suspension and steering came from the Vauxhall Firenza. In the USA the Jensen-Healey was successfully raced in the SCCA competition. In the first year (1973) Lee Mueller won the championship!
We distinguish the following Jensen-Healey models: Jensen-Healey Mk I 1972-1973 (3356 built), Jensen-Healey Mk II 1973-1975 (7142 built) and the Jensen-Healey GT coupe model (509 built) between 1975-1976. Due to the oil crisis Jensen encountered financial problems. The 'gas guzzling' Jensen V8 models became hard to sell. In May of the year 1976 the Jensen factory was closed. Between 1972 and 1976 11.007 Jensen-Healey's were built.
4 cylinder engine DOHC 16V (Lotus 907)
cylinder capacity: 1973 cc.
capacity: 153 SAE bhp. (144 DIN) at 6500 rpm.
top-speed: 195 km/h.
acceleration 0-100 km/h: 8.8 sec.
gearbox: 4-speed, manual
weight: 980 kg.