Lot 277 - 1971 Jensen FF
|Odometer reading||79,800 miles|
|Estimate||£70,000 - £80,000|
|Result||Sold - £65,000|
The Jensen FF is a four-wheel drive Grand Tourer produced between 1966 and 1971. It was the first non all-terrain production car equipped with 4WD and an anti-lock braking system, the Dunlop Maxaret mechanical system, used hitherto only on aircraft, trucks, and racing cars. The use of four-wheel drive in a passenger car preceded the successful Audi Quattro by many years and the Subaru by five years. The letters FF stand for Ferguson Formula after Ferguson Research Ltd who invented the car's system. The FF is related to the similar-looking, rear-wheel drive Jensen Interceptor but is five inches longer and mechanically very different. The FF can be distinguished from the Interceptor by a few styling cues, the most obvious being the twin (rather than single) diagonal air vents on the front wing just rear of the wheel-arches.
This fabulous Jensen FF was originally registered on 2nd April 1971 and has had four former keepers. The green coachwork is complemented by excellent brightwork and an unmarked set of alloy wheels. In addition to this, the sumptuous tan leather seats are in excellent order and are as comfortable as an armchair. We are advised by the vendor that DLM 22J drives well with no known faults. The V8 engine sounds superb and the gearbox operates as it should, as do the other major components. Benefitting from over £13,000 spent on her in 2012 and supplied with a V5 registration document, a current MoT test certificate, original Jensen handbook, workshop and parts manuals. The distinctively handsome styling of the Interceptor will always attract admirers and with less than 50 surviving examples, this now-rare and extremely collectible FF is an opportunity to acquire a tangible and useable asset that can only continue to appreciate.
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