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Lot 222A - 1973 Jensen-Healey

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€13,338

Auction Interclassics Maastricht January 2017
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Lot Number 222A
Reg. Number EU Registered
Chassis Number TBA
Year 1973
Make Jensen
Model Healey

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Description

The Jensen-Healey is a British two-seater convertible sports car, the best-selling Jensen of all time.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.

With the demise of the Austin-Healey 3000, 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 designed in a joint venture by Donald Healey, his son Geoffery, 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.

Whilst most cars were destined for the US, this example was delivered new to Switzerland as a European version with original double Dellorto carburetors. Offered in in burgundy metallic with a nice beige leather interior, the car has a nice patina, and a new black soft-top.

The bodywork is very straight and solid, the trim is in good order, and the car has been well maintained. As such the Healey is said to drive very well, with a powerful Lotus derived twin cam engine.

With only 125 examples delivered to Europe, this is a rare car, and an interesting alternative to other sports cars of the era.


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