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With the demise of the Austin-Healey 3000 import car dealer Kjell Qvale was looking for a new product to replace it. He entered into discussions with Donald Healey and Jensen (who had built the bodies for the Austin-Healey). Kjell Qvale became a Jensen shareholder and Donald Healey the chairman.
The Jensen Healey was designed in a joint venture by Donald Healey, his son Geoffery and Jensen Motors. Having just put time in at the British Motor Corporation, it was hoped that Healey could help to contribute the sense of style that made the Austin-Healey such a hit.