1966 Jensen FF

Introduced in 1966, the Jensen FF was easily the best car ever manufactured by this British marque. It’s styling, while appealing, was quite conventional, and indeed the FF was difficult to distinguish from the regular Interceptor if you didn’t know exactly what to look for.  What made it radically different was its drive-train, a revolutionary affair designed by Harry Ferguson (after which the car is named) that split the torque unequally between front and rear, giving this big, relatively heavy car incredible handling, agility and maneuverability. It also featured anti-locking brakes, one of the first production cars so equipped. Of course, all this technology as weight, and in a sports car, weight has a very easy to define price.

1966 Jensen FF
1966 Jensen FF

While it was not as fast as the two-wheel drive Interceptor, the Jensen FF was fast enough. It was powered by a very thirsty 6.3-liter V8, developing 330 horsepower. The extra weight didn’t help performance, of course, but the FF could still accelerate to 60 in 8 seconds, and reach a 130 miles per hour top speed, not figures to sneer at, especially when you can do it with class.

All things considered, the 1966 Jensen FF was a very fast, very safe car, but it was quite expensive compared to other offerings, and despite its technical innovations, it didn’t prove very popular; in the end, only 320 Jensen FFs were ever built.

 

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