It’s pretty interesting that, if you’re willing to be flexible in your choice of car, you can still find some pretty decent deals. Generally speaking, Jensen Healeys fall into that category, together with various Fiat products and perhaps Triumph TR7s. Only the Jensen Healey gives you a double-overhead cam, sixteen valve engine developed by Lotus, though. That said, the J-H is also the only car to share quite a few parts with some low-rent Vauxhall products, so set your expectations accordingly. Nonetheless, it was supposed to be pretty decent to drive, and its public image suffered because it was released before it was fully developed. Check out this 1973 Jensen Healey for sale for $2800 in Cave Junction, OR.
It’s not clear whether this is an original color for the car, though the underhood shot shows a matching engine compartment. The car is said to be in good condition for its age, to run very well, and to have new hoses, belts, timing belt, battery, and top. Styling is generic 60s-70s sports car – not offensive, but not jaw-droppingly gorgeous either. That said, you won’t see the outside when you’re winding out the 144hp Lotus twincam and hitting sixty in 8.1 seconds.
The car is said to be in good condition for its age, and perhaps one of the weak spots is the paint failure on the trunk lid. Overall, the paint has a nice gloss, and it’s nice this car has the smaller 1973 bumpers with the embossed Jensen Healey script. The top is definitely new-looking, and seems to fit reasonably well. The center-mounted fuel filler cap and dual exhausts are nice sporting touches to remind you what you’re driving.
The interior looks in decent shape, though it’s said to need a new driver’s door panel. Fortunately, the fabric pattern looks simple enough that you should be able to take this in to any competent shop, assuming the seller has kept all the hardware (armrest, handles, etc.). Note the nice Personal shift knob – the steering wheel really deserves a suitable upgrade too. For some reason, Jensen steering wheels were not the most attractive – see the Interceptor as another example of this.
The engine bay could use a little detailing if you’re so inclined, or you could just enjoy the knowledge that the seller has done a fair amount of work. No mention is made of a carburetor service, so you’ll want to ask about that, along with oil consumption. Jensen-Healey seems to have provided a decent amount of space to maintain the car, so combined with parts available from a handful of vendors, this classic sports car should be easy to live with. Had one? Let everyone know what it’s like in the comments.