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by ade1030 » Thu Oct 31, 2013 5:22 pm

Today the postman dropped a brand new Mobilisti issue to our postbox, the Finnish old-car magazine. I have not read any articles yet, but one shows a very special car: 1973 Chrysler-Daimler FF. Yes, it has Jensen FF 4WD system with Chrysler 440 big-block engine (w/ Jensen valve covers) and TF727 gearbox.

Anybody already knowledgeable about this rarity? Only one built ever and it has been in Finland for years.. I include some photos.

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by DaveAK » Thu Oct 31, 2013 6:23 pm

And it's LHD too!!
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by Per » Thu Oct 31, 2013 6:27 pm

I have a vague memory of this car being for sale about 8 to 10 years ago. If not there is at least one more of these somewhere, but I seem to recall Finland was mentioned.
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by Stig » Fri Nov 01, 2013 1:21 pm

Yes - I saw the car (and quite a few other too) at a visit to the owners collection - arranged last year by Sports Car Club Helsinki SCCH.
The car is in very good shape indeed - and if you think the enginebay of an Interceptor is crowded you should see this.

Have a look here;

http://www.flickr.com/photos/londonitalian/6351991096/

http://www.classic-auctions.com/auction ... 10990.aspx
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by CV8600hp » Fri Nov 01, 2013 9:32 pm

5-6 years ago one was offered from the UK LHD for 5700,= pounds to me


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by ade1030 » Sat Nov 02, 2013 9:45 am

CV8600hp wrote:5-6 years ago one was offered from the UK LHD for 5700,= pounds to me


Must be a scam or your memory fails, because there was only one Daimler FF built and it has been resided in Finland since 1995..

Thanks Stig for the link of old Autocar or Motor article.
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by Jens » Sat Nov 02, 2013 11:35 am

I am very curious about the LHD setup since I was always told that the development costs were too high and thus not wanted by Jensen.

I know that if you are producing a one-off prototype you may do things different than in series production but they obviously used a complete Jensen FF drivetrain and I wonder how the conversion was done.

Any information and more detail available?

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by ade1030 » Sun Nov 03, 2013 11:59 am

Jens wrote:I am very curious about the LHD setup since I was always told that the development costs were too high and thus not wanted by Jensen.
I know that if you are producing a one-off prototype you may do things different than in series production but they obviously used a complete Jensen FF drivetrain and I wonder how the conversion was done. Any information and more detail available?


Well, the car was special ordered by Swiss customer, that's why LHD. It has next generation FF system with visco clutch and electronically controlled FF-mullar anti-lock brakes.

Under the Daimler's own modified front frame bars was installed a pipe profile subframe where lower control arms and steering parts were attached. The front axle components and brakes came from Jensen FF. The steering rack is FF Advest. Upper control arms were connected to Daimler's frame and Chrysler's engine mounts. The rear axle is original with Powr-Lok while axle ratio was changed to 2.88:1.
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by Chris_R » Sun Nov 03, 2013 1:29 pm

Jens wrote:I am very curious about the LHD setup since I was always told that the development costs were too high and thus not wanted by Jensen.

I'm sure this has been discussed on here before, it wasn't so much the development costs of the FF system that was the problem but the re-design of the Jensen FF car to be LHD that was too expensive (for Jensen).
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