Monday, February 18, 2019

Strange Brew: 1976 Jensen GT Coupe

This next car made me have the following conversation in my head: "Whoa, that looks awesome, I need it.  And the price.  Yikes, must be a scammer.  Or...maybe it is just a good deal?"  Yeah.  I've had that conversation in my head a number of times...too many times to really count...but against all better judgement I've decided that this must NOT be a scam and is just a cool car without a huge following that is offered for a reasonable price. Find this 1976 Jensen GT Coupe offered for $11,900 CAD ($8988 USD at time of publication) in Langley, British Columbia, Canada via craigslist. Tip from Erik202.



From the seller:
1976 Jensen GT 
condition: excellent 
cylinders: 4 cylinders 
drive: rwd 
fuel: gas 
paint color: blue 
title status: clean 
transmission: manual 
1976 Jensen GT
One of only 511 made,currently on collector plates

11,900 OBO



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18 comments:

  1. Looks less awkward than the drop-top. I approve.

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  2. You had me at mohair, Looks like a grown-up triumph GT6 / shooting brake !

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  3. These are great looking cars. Several upgrades over the convertibles. Rust, and a missing timing belt cover are only two of the many items to check on these.

    On the plus side: There is a good support network. Very comfortable at speed.

    The same motor as several lotus cars and much more reliable. Know that from experience.

    This price is about right for one in very good shape. A lot of car for the money.

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  4. The Jenson came out 5 years after this,
    [image src="https://i.pinimg.com/originals/ec/26/8d/ec268da23ca78fe07346d985e34a47dd.png" width="400px"/]
    and am I the only one who sees a slight similarity in the lines ?

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  5. Not a “Jensen,” but rather, a Jensen-Healey, which is very different.

    Anyway, I had one of the much more common roadster versions of this car back in the day, and while it was, by far, the most unreliable, troublesome piece of crap I’ve ever owned, it did handle great (on the rare occasions it was actually running), so with the added body stiffness, I would imagine this coupe handles like a go-kart (sort of like the difference between an ordinary BMW Z3 roadster and a clown shoe). I wouldn’t buy this thing if you held a gun to my head (and 12 grand for ANY Jensen-Healy seems like all the money) but I’ll bet it’s a fun car when it runs.

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    1. Jensen built 511 of the GTs after their relationship with Healey ended , so the GT is not a Healey.

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    2. What Hugh said plus the fact it is 12K Canadian or less than 9K US. So maybe not a screaming good deal but not a door slam no either.

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    1. But Maria, you didn't tell us what you think of this Jensen Healey. Please enlighten us!

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    2. But Maria, are you saying that this car is a crap shoot or a jackpot?

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  7. The last time I saw one of these, and I dont remember the 5 mph bumpers, was on a hillside in a NorCal grow field back in 1978......have no clue why it was there....probably sill is!

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  8. Now this is cool. I don't know what else to say. I've seen plenty of roadsters, and begged my father to let me buy one at one point, when I was a teen, but have never seen the long roof. Just way too cool.

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  9. I had completely forgotten that these exist. Certainly the prettiest of the Jensen Healeys, and personally I prefer coupes to roadsters in general (I know, heresy!). And the Cdn dollar exchange probably makes that deal look attractive to folks in 'Murica. AS I have said before, don't be put off by the spectre of a complicated import process. It is not difficult for a car older than 25 years (with the possible exception of California compliance, of which I have no experience at all).

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  10. I'd much rather have an earlier Jensen Interceptor with the Chrysler 440 or 383 in it.

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  11. What, no mention of the Lotus engine?
    No photo from the rear?
    Lazy seller, IMO.

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  12. in an era of huge, gaping, grills, the front end on this thing is refreshing indeed

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  13. I’d just like to mention that these are probably one the last cars designed for the owner to do their own maintenance. They are about as complicated as an old pickup and parts are generally easy to get. Swap out the alternator for a gm unit with a custom bracket and the rest is just chasing leaks and the like.

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  14. Perfect dog car! Well, when running around with one or two.

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