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Jensen Jensen-Healey and GT (1972 - 1976)

Last updated 20 March 2013

Lotus twin-cam engine is a peach, as long as it's been sorted, steering and handling aren't bad, GT shooting brake is an interesting and practical Scimitar alternative
Less than the sum of its parts, and obviously unreliable and less well-made than it should have been
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The Jensen-Healey came about after British Leyland cancelled its contract with Donald and Geoffrey Healey. The appealing Austin-Healeys were dropped, leaving Jensen to step into the breach. Jensen and Healey came up with the body design for the 1972 convertible sports car simply known as the Jensen-Healey, using a mix of Lotus for the engine, Vauxhall Viva for the suspension and Sunbeam for the gearbox. It looked good, went well and should have been a huge success - but somehow it just didn't quite work.

Another variation with all the potential and none of the sales - the GT - was a final throw of the dice. Healey and Jensen went their separate ways, and the 1975 sporting estate that grew out of the Jensen-Healey convertible. It was known simply as the Jensen GT. It used the same mechanicals – a 1973cc Lotus twin-cam engine mated to a Getrag five-speed gearbox – that, by then, was reliable. But the addition of the fixed roof still failed to produce a great car. More's the pity.

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