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Bruce Bowker
05-12-2004, 09:43 PM
Did Jensen Healey ever have a model called the Interceptor? I know Jensen did. Very familiar with that car.

Someone has on eBay a Jensen Healey Interceptor. images/icons/confused.gif

waltesefalcon
05-12-2004, 10:00 PM
yeah Jensen Healey made an Interceptor.

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Bruce Bowker
05-12-2004, 10:12 PM
<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by waltesefalcon:
yeah Jensen Healey made an Interceptor.

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Walter<hr></blockquote>

Searching but can't find anything listed as Jensen Healey Interceptor.

coldplugs
05-12-2004, 10:16 PM
<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by Bruce Bowker:
Did Jensen Healey ever have a model called the Interceptor? I know Jensen did. Very familiar with that car.

Someone has on eBay a Jensen Healey Interceptor. images/icons/confused.gif <hr></blockquote>

Not that I know of. Jensen Healey was a Jensen model name, not a company.

I don't think there was ever a "Jensen Healey Interceptor" & I suspect the eBay listing is wrong.

Bruce Bowker
05-12-2004, 10:23 PM
<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by coldplugs:


I don't think there was ever a "Jensen Healey Interceptor" & I suspect the eBay listing is wrong.<hr></blockquote>

My thoughts too.

racing girl
05-12-2004, 11:11 PM
Someone has on eBay a Jensen Healey Interceptor...

You're in good company Bruce, I've made that mistake before on here, also because of an e-bay seller too!

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Sherlock
05-12-2004, 11:50 PM
It's probably a Jensen Interceptor (there shouldn't be the word "Healey" in there. The company name was Jensen and they made cars from the 1930's through to insolvency in 1976. Jensen Healey was just simply one of their models.

The Interceptor was sold from 1967/68 through to 1976, and in North America between the years 1971 and 1976. They are not that uncommon of a sight, there are a fair number of them around.

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Steve
05-12-2004, 11:58 PM
It's a regular Jensen Healey, the Jensen Interceptor is a different model. Rather like the "MGB Midget" syndrome. images/icons/grin.gif

Jim Weatherford
05-13-2004, 02:11 AM
eBay is the root of considerable misinformation.

It is eather a Jensen Healey, or a Jensen Interceptor a totally different model from the Healey, The Jensen Interceptor is powered by a Chrysler V8.

The Jensen Healey was SCCA D Production National Champion in 1973 & 1974, banned in 1975 because the other cars couldn't beat it. It was again SCCA E Production National Champion in 1995,

Regular or common, no way, I say. Unique and rare by definition, the Jensen Healey is the best bargan in sports cars today. I am biased as owner of #13046

You are correct Jensen is the maker of the Jensen Healey and the Jensen Interceptor, and there is no such car as the Jensen Healey Interceptor.

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sammyb
05-13-2004, 02:25 AM
Jensen also made the FF -- one of the first production four-wheel-drive sport coupes. The same technology went into one (or possibly two) Triumph Stag 4wd prototypes.

Jensen mostly used Chrysler engines, and many of their cars used fiberglass bodies. Some wierd looking cars in the 1960s!

Best known for the Interceptor coupes and convertibles. Coupes can be had for $5,000 in fairly good shape. Convertibles are now coveted, and tend to bring high teens to mid 20K range. People like the combo of a drop top and Chrysler 440 powerplant.

Sherlock
05-13-2004, 02:36 AM
Jensen has an interesting history...

The earliest example I've seen is a friend's 1956 Jensen 541 coupe back in Ontario, unfortunately never saw it back on the road (post-restoration) before I moved back west.

And they also had some prior North American history to 1971. Their primary market was the production of bodyshells and in the 1930's they used to coachbuild on Ford V8 chassis', and a small number of those were sold in the States including I believe one to Clark Gable. Among other bodyshells they produced after WWII - 1952/54 Austin A40 Sports, all Big Healey's, early Volvo P1800's.

piman
05-13-2004, 05:42 AM
Hello all,
further on the FF, which stood for Ferguson Formula, not only was it 4 wheel drive but had Dunlop anti-lock brakes as well. They are distinguishable by a double grille on each wing behind the front wheel arch. Ferguson research did make some other 4 wheel drive prototypes, Triumph 2000 sedan (at least one of which still survives) and I think Ford Zephyr. These were considered by the Police as patrol cars but I don't think that they went beyond prototype stage.
Also not forgetting the Ferguson 99 single seater 4 wheel drive racing car as driven by Stirling Moss and others. As expected it was an exceptional wet weather car.
Jensen also did sub contract body assembly, and I think at one time assembled the Volvo P1800 model in the UK.

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Bruce Bowker
05-13-2004, 08:44 AM
<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by Sherlock:
Jensen has an interesting history...

The earliest example I've seen is a friend's 1956 Jensen 541 coupe <hr></blockquote>

And it is one really sharp looking car.

Steve
05-13-2004, 10:06 AM
The most commonly seen car in the USA that uses the Ferguson setup is the AMC Eagle......not many people know that.

Sherlock
05-13-2004, 12:22 PM
I have also seen two different 1960's Jensen C-V8's when I was back in Ontario, they aren't very common here either as they were never officially sold here, and as SammyB referred to earlier they are definitely an acquired taste...

It's actually quite interesting, the relatively small region of Ontario around Barrie, Orillia, southern Georgian Bay has a whole bunch of interesting Jensen's - my friend's 541, another old friend recently just finished an Interceptor and is mid-way through a C-V8 restoration, and to top it off another different C-V8 recently arrived in the region for a full restoration.

For those wondering...

My friend's 541, I've never seen it outside the garage though, seen pictures of them all finished and yes beautiful looking car!

http://img51.photobucket.com/albums/v155/jtworow/Jensen541.jpg

And now a C-V8 (1965), an acquired taste, this one is being restored, there's lot of rot under there although it looks nice, oh yeah and both cars reside in Barrie, Ontario

http://img51.photobucket.com/albums/v155/jtworow/JensenCV8.jpg

[ 05-13-2004: Message edited by: Sherlock ]</p>

sammyb
05-13-2004, 01:11 PM
I'm always impressed by the knowledge on this forum!

And re: the AMC Eagle. I love to joke with the Subaru press and product reps when I talk to them if they've been issued a cease and desist on the "World's First Four-Wheel-Drive Sport Utility Wagon" slogan for the Forrester...as we know, it was, in fact, the Eagle!

Sherlock
05-13-2004, 08:41 PM
<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><hr> SammyB said: I'm always impressed by the knowledge on this forum!

And re: the AMC Eagle. I love to joke with the Subaru press and product reps when I talk to them if they've been issued a cease and desist on the "World's First Four-Wheel-Drive Sport Utility Wagon" slogan for the Forrester...as we know, it was, in fact, the Eagle!
<hr></blockquote>

Not quite true... From the year 1975 Subaru offered their first AWD model, the "4WD Station Wagon". It was a slug of a car with low horsepower, but for some reason I have always admired and coveted that model. Used to walk by one in Calgary all the time, parked up without plates but looked to be in excellent condition. Always thought about buying it some day but it's long gone now. And for some reason I have vivid memories of the first Road & Track test of the Subaru 4WD Station Wagon, as I recall they liked it quite a bit.

Sherlock
05-13-2004, 08:44 PM
Hmmm...

This whole thread has my head working overtime, I think a great topic would be an article about the history of Jensen. Check back in awhile...

waltesefalcon
05-13-2004, 09:06 PM
D'oh. Shows what I know images/icons/smile.gif

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Walter

coldplugs
05-13-2004, 10:20 PM
<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by sammyb:
... they've been issued a cease and desist on the "World's First Four-Wheel-Drive Sport Utility Wagon" slogan for the Forrester...as we know, it was, in fact, the Eagle!<hr></blockquote>

I think many Jeep enthusiasts would argue that the Jeepster and 4WD Willys Utility were available well before the Eagle or any Subaru 4WD wagon - about 1948 I think.

Re the Jensens: Most folks seem to like their appearance. I don't want to seem contrary, but am I the only one who thinks many of the Jenson models look like they've been worked over by a kid with a PepBoys gift certificate? Specifically, the headlights and various fussy body details?

Bruce Bowker
05-13-2004, 10:34 PM
<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by coldplugs:


Re the Jensens: Most folks seem to like their appearance. I don't want to seem contrary, but am I the only one who thinks many of the Jenson models look like they've been worked over by a kid with a PepBoys gift certificate? Specifically, the headlights and various fussy body details?<hr></blockquote>


Headlights might be a bit odd but the profile on the gray car above is just beautiful!!! Cover those headlights with clear plastic and they would not be too far off some of today's cars.

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Baxter
05-13-2004, 11:08 PM
I've always thought most Jensens look like someone drove 'em into an ugly tree. But I do think the convertibles look nice, since they don't have the fishbowl rear window.

PC
05-14-2004, 02:30 AM
<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by Sherlock:
Hmmm...

This whole thread has my head working overtime, I think a great topic would be an article about the history of Jensen. Check back in awhile...<hr></blockquote>

A fine gentleman by the name of Richard Calver has made it his personal crusade to document the history of the Jensen marque.

His website is most impressive: http://www.users.bigpond.com/tfmuch/


PC.
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Sherlock
05-14-2004, 02:51 AM
Thanks PC,

Great website! Will be a handy reference.

BACLVBob
05-25-2004, 02:11 AM
FYI - Audi 'borrowed' the 4 wheel drive layout from Jensen for their Quattro cars, but unlike Jensen were able to sell enough to keep them in business!