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The Ferguson Formula files

The Ferguson Formula files
We don’t think there were ever more Jensen FFs available on the market as there are right now. The Ferguson Formula FF may look like the ordinary Interceptor, as far as that ever existed, but it takes some major innovative leaps from it. With permanent four-wheel drive it predated Audi Quattros by more than a decade. Its mechanical anti-lock braking system predated Mercedes electronic ABS by more than a decade. This was an engineering pinnacle that was its time ahead, although another section at the Jensen Motors works was still stuck in pre-War times. While Jensens were popular in overseas markets, no one had thought of designing it so that it could be equipped with a steering on the left hand side…

And so the 320 rhd cars made, remain significant remnants of British engineering at its best. You’ll find one in your preferred colour at the moment with prices pretty varying also. Richard Edmonds Auctions had a late one last week in a daring colour scheme of turquoise and red (see it here). It ‘would benefit from some cosmetic improvements’, but there is uncovered history here that seems certainly worth researching.

Another example of the species comes for sale in Bonham’s Goodwood Festival of Speed sale this weekend. This is a Mk1 car that was sold new in 1968 to Lieutenant Colonel Richard Seifert, who could be held responsible for London’s Centrepoint tower block. Finished in slightly more down to earth Crystal Blue with lovely dark blue leather trim, the car comes with a substantial history file. See more here. More Jensen FFs can be found for sale here.

(Words editor, pictures ichard Edmonds Auctions / Bonhams)

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