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Nostalgically Amusing ‘Infographic’ Of Discontinued U.K. Cars That May Make A Comeback.

by Anura Guruge

Click image to access nostalgically amusing ‘infographic’ of discontinued U.K. cars that may make a comeback.

Received an e-mail this morning, with a link to the above ‘infographic‘, asking whether I would be game to publish it on this blog.

I had a look.

As soon as I saw that it started with the Jensen Interceptor I knew I had no choice.

Ahhh! The Jensen Interceptor.

A car of my youth! No, I never owned one. They were in their heyday when I was in my early 20s and just getting started at IBM. I had to be more realistic in my choice of sports cars — and started with a Triumph Spitfire.

But a friend of mine, the boyfriend of my then girlfriend’s BFF, had one. He was rich. His was a pale blue Interceptor. I rode in it a couple of times.

But that Interceptor, as with so many of them, was notoriously unreliable. It broke down more often than it went — and, alas and alack, I kid you not.

Once they were coming to stay with us for the weekend. They were supposed to arrive Friday evening but there was no sign of them way into the night — and we are now talking the EARLY 1970s way, way, way before the advent of mobile phones. Eventually we heard from them. They were stranded. Jensen had broken down. The arrived the next afternoon in the Jensen. He took me for a ride. They left Sunday. Heard that it broke down on the way back too!

But here was the ultimate shame. They got married soon after he had purchased the Interceptor. It was quite the wedding. It was at a Stately Home and the plan was that they were to leave on their honeymoon, at dusk, in the pale blue Jensen … Well, you guessed it. The Jensen broke down the morning of the wedding! We all felt so bad. He ended up using a ‘normal’ car.

So, whenever I think of the Interceptor that is what comes to mind. The honeymoon, hindered.

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by Anura Guruge

Newly Restored, 1974, Jensen-Healey In Alton, NH

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

by Anura Guruge

Alas, it is NOT mine! It is also NOT for sale — though, obviously, as the saying correctly foretells, everything and everybody does have a price. This is his 2nd Jensen-Healey. He had his 1st in College but had to sell it when he had his first child. So now, quite a bit older, he is determined to hold onto this — and I understand. He worked on this car for a long time. It looks fabulous. Sounds good too. Great job. He is very happy and proud; as he should be. [As is always the case the wife refers to it as his ‘mid-life crisis’. I told her yesterday that I hope he has quite few more crises.]

I won’t divulge where the car is or who owns it — though he is quite famous in Alton circles. It is NOT on our road — so don’t bother coming cruising around. It is also garaged and they have a long driveway going up a steep incline. So you won’t even see the garage from the road.

If you really, really, really want to see this Healey e-mail me and I will SEE if I can arrange for you to see it. Otherwise just keep an eye for it on Rte 28 in Alton or at Prospect Mountain High School. No guarantee. It is not registered right now.

I would, as a Brit, like to have another British sports car. I have owned 4: 2 Spitfire 1500s (one bright red and the other Pageant Blue (a color I hated, but the only color I could get in 1978), a TR7 convertible (the 3rd but last built) and an MG Midget (that I bought from a neighbor, in Gilford, in 2000). I always wanted a Triumph Stag — which I consider the most beautiful car of that era, prior to the TR7. The unreliability of the Stag, even by British standards of the time, were legendary. I was always told that if I got one I would have to replace the engine with a U.S. V8. So, I ended up getting the TR7. I had a look the other day on eBay just out of curiosity. Only 1 listing for a Stag! Wow.

I had a rich friend back in the UK, in the 70s, who had a Jensen Interceptor. That was the only car that I knew that was more prone to failure than the stag. It was his pride and joy — but it was always breaking down. It would always be a call, from a phone booth (this being way, way, way before cell phones), I am stuck I will be late. Driving off in the Interceptor was going to be the highlight of his extremely lavish wedding, to a dentist, at a stately manor house. Yes, you guessed it. The Jensen didn’t work! He took it quite well.