Thursday, November 10, 2011
San Francisco Street Sighting - 1974 Jensen-Healey Mk II convertible
I saw this car one evening after exiting a class at my university in the Financial District. It was parked across the street and I immediately pulled out my camera and looked for solid surfaces to put it on for some longer-exposure night shots (I wasn't in the habit of carrying my little collapsible tripod with me). Although the United States was the Jensen-Healey's biggest market, these roadsters don't show up often in the city, or anywhere for that matter.
This car looks like it wears a cheap repaint judging by the overspray on the muffler. Aside from the minor quarter panel damage and a very ill-fitting convertible top (did they ever fit properly?) it seems pretty clean. I'm not sure I'd have painted the brake drums red. Why call attention to the fact you don't have four-wheel discs? I'm glad to see that the owner takes it to a qualified British car mechanic who hopefully keeps the mechanicals in tip-top shape. Now for a spot of body work and a new top.