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 Posted: 05-14-2021 02:38 pm
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There is yet a third J/H on BaT, seems like they're almost becoming common. It's a steel bumper car and looks like a solid driver. It's not quite as nice as the first two so I don't think it will bring the same money.

It's pretty stock and what I like most about this car are the floorboards, they look solid and original. Good bones.

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 Posted: 05-16-2021 04:18 pm
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It sold for $8300, I'd say both buyer and seller got a good deal. It seems like not too long ago you could get a car like this for $3500. The value of these cars does seem to be on the rise after many, many years. I wonder why now?

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 Posted: 05-23-2021 05:05 am
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Not a bad car but it was one that needed both nothing and yet needed everything, so to speak. A driver for sure.

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 Posted: 05-24-2021 02:57 pm
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Disco,

Well it's no where near as nice as yours, but it is a nice, stock driver that you can just drive and enjoy for a couple of years while deciding how you want to restore it.

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 Posted: 06-02-2021 02:08 am
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And yet a fourth Jensen-Healey just sold on BaT for $5700, it was a black & tan steel bumper 4sp. This one may have been the most interesting of the bunch.

It was a solid driver in pretty original, unrestored condition, right down to the original jack and boot cover. It also had fiberglass floorboards which would suggest they were fixed back in the day when it was still a daily driver to keep it on the road.

But the most interesting thing was the seller claimed it had the 2.2L stroker crank installed. The funny thing was the engine looked absolutely stock right down to the original goofy muffler looking air cleaner.

I'd be curious as to how guys here have done the 2.2L upgrade and absolutely nothing else to the motor. I think if you do this you'd naturally add some complimentary performance upgrades like Dellortos, hotter cams, and maybe some head work. They didn't even upgrade the air cleaners!

The seller said it was done in the mid '80s at a cost of $8000! That seems like an awful lot of money to install only a stroker kit, especially considering it was done 30+ years ago. I hope the buyer got what he paid for.

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 Posted: 06-08-2021 05:34 pm
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Here we go again, a fifth one just popped up on BaT, you'd think there were a lot of them still around.

One thing I haven't seen before, it had a 4sp with rubber bumpers. I always thought all 4sps had steel bumpers.

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 Posted: 06-08-2021 07:37 pm
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They started building the 5-speeds in November 1974, IIRC. 18711 is built in October and is a 4-speed with rubber bumpers.

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 Posted: 06-08-2021 09:23 pm
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The rubber bumpers(all 74 1/2 year cars; had to be good for 5mph impact) started at 18320 to 18950 with the 4spd tm. before they started putting in the 5spd Gettrag. (we refer to these as 74 3/4, which is just before the '75s with all the pollution stuff, air pump, injectors, etc.).
These numbers are actually listed in the PARTS manual.

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 Posted: 06-09-2021 03:58 pm
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Well, as they say, you learn something new everyday. While this looks like a really original car it seems like rubber bumpers with a 4sp would be the worst of both worlds.

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 Posted: 06-14-2021 02:30 pm
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Well it seems the rubber bumpers and 4sp didn't negatively affect the sale price, it sold for $12,300. A good price I'd say, maybe the originality and the fact it's a one owner car offset the less desirable items.

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 Posted: 07-25-2021 09:57 am
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Pretty expensive but very original 31k original mile example.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/174843883601?hash=item28b581f051:g:G-gAAOSwdDVg8gFm

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 Posted: 07-25-2021 07:28 pm
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Does anyone know how they numbered the cars at the end of 1974? It doesn't appear to be sequential. The one currently on ebay is #19768 and has a build date of12/31/74. My car #20092 has a build date of 12/29/74. Even without the crazy dates, it appears they built a lot of cars in a few days

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 Posted: 07-27-2021 03:28 am
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Jh092 wrote:
Does anyone know how they numbered the cars at the end of 1974?

Probably hurriedly and chaotically. One problem was that the JH was Jensen's attempt to go from being a low volume producer to high volume manufacturing, which apparently was not going smoothly. Second was trying to "make" as many officially 74 models as possible before the 1975 US catalytic converter requirement kicked in.

My guess is that different people were stamping out the VIN plates and had different ideas about what to use as the official build date. I have read that some 74's had 1975 dates printed, which I think might be a problem if one was trying to get the car newly registered in CA: 74's don't need to get smog tested, but 75's do. If the person inspecting the car at the DMV is a stickler, they could require it to be registered as a 75.

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 Posted: 07-27-2021 02:55 pm
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Disco,

That is indeed a very nice stock J/H, but expensive as you say. As can be seen on this thread alone, you can get a very nice J/H for 15K or less. I don't think this guy will get his price.

Jh092,

If it's any help, my car is VIN 19661 built 30/12/74. As pointed out by some of our more knowledgeable members there was a big push to get as many cars as possible assembled before impending smog regulations.

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