Monday, September 12, 2016

A Lot of Cologne: 1975 Jensen-Healey

The Lotus 907 motor, though not expensive to rebuild today, was likely seen as a huge liability back in the disco days. Given the supply of unwanted Capris and their compact and torquey Cologne V6's, this Jensen had its alloy swapped for iron pretty early in life. Find this 1975 Jensen-Healey for sale in Thousand Oaks, CA for an extraordinary bargain price of $2,975 via craigslist.  Tip from Sean

No doubt this car is still a project, however, it's not a life altering commitment of time. Maybe just reserve a few weekends of fixing stuck calipers, cleaning electrical contacts, and other activities associated with cars that have been parked in a garage for 30 years.

Initially considered as an option for powering the Jensen roadster before the 907 was sourced, the Cologne V6 would've been a nice sounding and torquey alternative. The downside of using this fairly reliable powerplant is the extra 60lbs in mass over the front wheels. If we're interested in swapping the swap to make a monster, a 351 Cleveland would possibly fit right in there with some serpentine headers. You could even use the T5 for a few days!

Though the dash looks nice 'n' woody, the seats have been occupied by Edward Scissorpants. It does appear that most of the foam is still hanging around so the upholstery job need not be too costly. Unlike a lot of roll bars made back in the day, this one actually has supports that go rearward. Three cheers for triangulation!

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Matt, a self-proclaimed bottom-feeder of the classic car market, spends half of his time buying cars, half of his time retrieving them, and the remaining third on keeping them on the road.


  1. How nice would a bumper removal be on this? So key.

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  2. Nice sidewinder

  3. Jensen Healey's look pretty goofy with out the front bumper. The eary cars with the chrome insert on the bumper look even worse.
    At least the black bumper sort of disappears. Moving it back a couple inches into the space behind it looks ok.

    Donald Healey actually designed the car to be easy to repair after a shunt and the bumpers are part of the design

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