|Jensen Motor Car Company -
|Despite having owned more
of these cars than he can remember Ross from Ross A Hockley Autos
still believes that they are the best of the affordable, and day to
day useable 70's true sports car. "If you get a good one they're great:
if you get bad one they're the biggest heap in the world."
Healey's most controversial piece of technology is its twin cam Lotus
power plant developing around 145 HP from 2 litres, with standing
¼ times in the low 16 sec. bracket. Early English press reports were
fairly savage towards, what were items that today's manufactures would
rectify under warranty.
Engine rebuilds are no more expensive than
some of our current tin top boxes but we recommend regular oil changes
as the best preventive maintenance, especially if the car is only
used for short journeys. The rest of the drive train, early cars having
a four speed box whilst later had a Getrag 5 speed presents no mayor
problems, along with brakes and the Lucas wiring system.
On to the
bodywork the Healey suffers rust like all other 70's cars with replacement
panels in stock in Sydney. The sills for instance are four panels
welded together to form an extremely strong support member to strengthen
the shell. Some "restorers" simply patch the easy to get at outer
panel and disregard the centre-hidden section. In most cases it is
easier to do the job properly in the first place than to have the
rust return or risk the strength of the car being compromised. Lower
guards and floor areas also need to be carefully checked as filler
or proof coat will cover a multitude of sins.
If you are looking for
a car to buy have a full body and mechanical inspection and aim for
a good sound vehicle rather than one that looks shinny. Replacement
parts are readily available most being ex-stock from Ross in Sydney
or he will source them for you. Cars are currently selling from $5
000 for a sound restoration project to $20 000 for a near concourse