When the Austin Healey 3000 was discontinued, Kjell Qvale was disappointed. The entrepreneurial Californian had built up a massive business importing and selling British and European performance cars in the USA. As such he was an influential player, managing to persuade Donald Healey and Jensen Motors to design and build a sports car to fill the hole left by the late, lamented 3000. Continue reading “Jensen-Healey – 1972”
In 1961 the Ferguson P99 Climax scored a notable first and last. In the hands of Stirling Moss it became the first four-wheel-drive car — and last front-engined car — to win a Formula 1 race. On the road front, the joint venture led to the Jensen CV-8 FF shown at the Earls Court Motor Show in 1965. This was the debut of the FF road-car system (FF stood for Ferguson Formula) and it anticipated the world’s first four-wheel drive supercar.
Jensen Motors was founded by brothers Richard and Alan, who made vehicle bodies before World War II and were soon producing their own cars. The first Interceptor appeared in 1949 — a coupe with an Austin Six engine and a pioneering fibreglass body.