Ian F
Ian F Dork
1/10/11 8:15 a.m.


Do you know of this collection?

I really like the GT, although the $3500 he's asking for a crusty ragtop seems a bit steep, so I'd hate to know what he wants for the GTs.

914Driver SuperDork
1/10/11 8:49 a.m.

Well if you have to have a wagon ....

Auto ADD
Auto ADD Dork
1/10/11 10:12 a.m.

All of the verts have removable hardtops, and pic 15 is an Intercepter. Now if I only had money.

Ian F
Ian F Dork
1/10/11 10:21 a.m.
914Driver wrote: Well if you have to have a wagon ....

That's the GT version I'm referring to.

wspohn Reader
1/10/11 2:28 p.m.

The GT can be a nice car, but the interiors got shabby pretty quickly and are hard to restore and the engines had differences from the usual JH engine.

You'd want to buy a rusty one for very little money, or you'd soon end up ass over teakettle on any restoration budget.

Curmudgeon SuperDork
1/10/11 6:59 p.m.

I've heard of that collection, the guy hasn't advertised a price before. Me, I'd love to have a GT so I'd have a pair of bookends. Maybe one of these days...

GT's share pretty much every exterior body panel and chrome trim part with the 'vert with the exception of the obviously changed ones. The biggest engine difference is the catalytic converter and cast iron exhaust manifold, otherwise it's garden variety 907 Lotus right down to the Stromberg carbs. They used the same 5 speed Getrag that was used in the JH5. It has power windows, rare in that time period. As a rule, the US market GT's had A/C, at least I've never heard of one that didn't. The padded part of the dash is super rare but there's a guy in Cali who rebuilds them, and were it me I'd buy the least rusty one I could find.

BTW Dan, that's not a wagon. It's a shooting brake.

wspohn Reader
1/11/11 10:43 a.m.

I believe the water pump on the GT may be unique too. Most of the interior stuff is very hard to find and needs to be restored or replicated rather than being replaced.

There were only 291 LHD GTs, so it would be nice to see them refurbished rather than junked.

Ian F
Ian F Dork
1/11/11 11:15 a.m.

Somewhat orphan status... Expensive & difficult to restore... Questionable value when finished...

Sounds right up my alley...

291... that makes the 1800ES look plentiful at 8000+... Wow.

What does a nice GT usually sell for?

Curmudgeon SuperDork
1/11/11 11:39 a.m.

I believe the water pump is different, but it's due to the use of a fan clutch. IIRC the very last J-H ragtops built had the cast iron manifold/catalytic converter/fan clutch as well. The pump can be swapped for the earlier type if you use the pulley, fan etc.

Total J-H convertible production was right around 10,000 (the exact numbers may or may not include prototypes, crash test cars, etc). Total production of both RHD and LHD GT's was either 509 or 510, depending on who you ask (it seems there was one car completed by a private owner after the plant shut down). It's not as well known as the Interceptor or Healey convertible so the sales records are a bit spotty. That means values are all over the place.

Our Preferred Partners