Jensen GT

The Jensen GT was an estate bodied version of the Jensen-Healey Mk.2, entering production just as the Healey ended its run in mid 1975. The Healey had been Jensen’s biggest-selling model, accounting for more than half of all Jensens ever made, but the warranty costs in rectifying the teething troubles were high and the economic downturn brought on by the 1973 fuel crisis hurt the company’s bottom line. The GT’s arrival coincided with receivership at Jensen Motors and in consequence it had only a short model life. Jensen had hoped to capitalize on the emerging demand for sporting estate cars and the GT certainly epitomized the idiom, combining the sportiness of the Healey with the cabin comforts of the big Interceptor. Jensen’s public relations consultants, Good Relations, played up the acronym by calling it the “Good Thinking” car. The GT was built to a higher standard than the Healey and found favour with the buying public but the financial pressures on Jensen were such that the factory had to be closed in May 1976. Only 512 GTs were made, the majority sold to North America. Australia took one GT but private imports over the years result in 8 being known in the country today.