By the late 1960s, Jensen needed a new, cheaper car to see it through the decade to come, and Donald Healey, whose contract with the British Motor Corporation (BMC) had run its course, was looking for a new partner. A marriage was arranged, and its first and only fruit was the Jensen Healey, one of the most uninspiring sports cars of the 1970s. Bland styling was its first major problem. Compared with the old Healey 3000, it looked unexciting and contrived. The chassis which used Vauxhall Viva suspension and steering was no more than competent. If it was at least fast (120 mph, 192 km/h) top speed and a 0-60 mph (96 km/h) time of 7.8 seconds, that was tempered the specter of unreliability that hung over its double overhead camshaft, four valves per cylinder, 1973 cc Lotus engine. Over 10,000 Jensen Healey were sold, but with the fuel crisis affecting sales of its thirsty Interceptor models, the company went into liquidation in 1975. The Jensen GT (a sporting estate) was a last ditch attempt to keep the model alive, and in happier times it probably would have well, the engine was sorted, and all cars featured a five speed Get rag gearbox.
The power was 122 bhp with monocoque along disc drum brakes. Four and five speed manual transmission were installed in the car. Power windows and optional added a touch of luxury, but the car was too expensive, and it faded away quietly and relatively unmissed with the inevitable, but unfortunate, demise of Jensen in 1976.