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1974 Jensen-Healey

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Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. We saw one in San Francisco and two in the junkyard

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So let's look at a really nice daily-driver Jensen-Healey down on the Alameda street. That's right, you heard right, this Malaise Brit is a daily driver! The owner tells me he's had the car for 20 years, and that the electrical system has always worked fine, right down to the dashboard clock; he acknowledges the miraculousness of this achievement: "They must have been having a good day at the Lucas plant."

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It's powered by the Lotus 907, aka The Torqueless Wonder. The US-spec version of this engine made 140 horsepower out of 120 cubic inches, which was completely berserk for the Malaise Era (for comparison purposes, you might note that the 350-cube V8 in the '74 Camaro produced just 145 horses).

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AlienProbe
AlienProbe

Ok ok, so this is the "island that rust forgot". But, look at that engine! It's gorgeous and clean! Does the island even have dust? dirt? dog poo? anything? For a daily driver, that is wicked clean. Props to the owner for taking such good care of it. He must wash the engine with a toothbrush and he's probably unmarried because of that.