What might have been
Author: Zac Marshall
Cars that didn't make it into production.
The P66 was intended as a sports car to fill the gap left after the loss of the contract to build the Austin Healey.
Two prototypes were produced, one convertible and one fixed head coupé. Jensen planned to resurrect the Interceptor name for this car.
The convertible was actually displayed at the 1965 Earls Court Motor Show and did attract quite a bit of interest, including from Lord Snowdon.
Note the Interceptor badge.
Some of the Jensen management felt that rather than a Healey replacement, Jensen would be better off going for an Italian styled replacement for the C-V8, especially given that although attractive the P66's styling did look rather old fashioned. This faction won the day leading to the resignation of the Jensen brothers. The convertible was scrapped but the coupé survives. The car is now owned by Derek Chapman who is restoring the car, click here to follow the restoration on the club forum.
For more information on the P66 see Darek Chapman's website, http://www.jensenp66.com/
The F-Type was the planned replacement for the Interceptor, designed by William Towns who penned the Aston Martin DBS and went on to design the similar looking wedge shaped Lagonda.
Development got as far as producing motorised bodies, the car was crash tested at MIRA and passed the rollover test, unfortunately the same was not true of the frontal impact test - the engine ended up in the passenger compartment. Modifications were going to be made but this project and the G-Type were later put on hold when Jensen decided to concentrate on the GT.
The G-Type, also designed by William Towns, was intended as a smaller 2 or 4 seater (probably more of a 2+2) coupe with gull wing doors, utilising Simca components including a reworked 2 lite engine.
The G-Type shell was sold at the liquidation auction and was eventually made road going by Lynx cars, using a 2.2 Lotus engine.