Jensen-Healey

Jensen-Healey
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Overview
Manufacturer Jensen Motors
Production 1972–76
Assembly West Bromwich, England
Body and chassis
Class Sports car
Body style 2-door convertible
Layout Front-engine, rear-wheel drive
Related Jensen GT
Powertrain
Engine 2.0 L Lotus 907 I4 ( petrol)
Transmission 4-speed manual
5-speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 92 in (2,337 mm)
Length 162 in (4,115 mm)
Width 63 in (1,600 mm)
Height 48 in (1,219 mm)
Kerb weight 2,408 lb (1,092 kg) [1]

The Jensen-Healey (1972–76) is a British two-seater convertible sports car, the best-selling Jensen of all time. In total 10,503 (10 prototypes, 3,347 Mk.1 and 7,146 Mk.2) were produced by Jensen Motors Ltd. in West Bromwich, England. A related fastback, the Jensen GT, was introduced in 1975.

Launched in 1972 as a fast, luxurious and competent convertible sports car, it was positioned in the market between the Triumph TR6 and the Jaguar E-Type. The 50/50 weight balance achieved by the use of the all alloy Lotus 907 engine led to universal praise as having excellent handling.

Design

When production of the Austin-Healey 3000 ended Donald Healey opened discussions with Jensen Motors, who had built the bodies for Healey's Austin-Healey cars. The largest Austin Healey Car Dealer in the US Kjell Qvale was also keen to find a replacement to the Austin-Healey 3000 then became a major shareholder of Jensen, making Donald Healey the chairman. The Jensen-Healey was developed in a joint venture by Donald Healey, his son Geoffrey, and Jensen Motors. Hugo Poole did the styling of the body, the front and back of which were later modified by William Towns to take advantage of the low profile engine and to allow cars for the U.S. market to be fitted with bumpers to meet increasing U.S. regulations. The unitary body understructure was designed by Barry Bilbie, who had been responsible for the Austin-Healey 100, 100-6 and 3000 as well as the Sprite. It was designed to be easy to repair, with bolt-on panels, to keep insurance premiums down.

In 1973, United States Government-mandated rubber bumpers were attached. In 1974 "5mph" bumpers were required.

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