As you can imagine, the cars of Monterey Car Week were stunning, and, yes, full of mysteries, just as all good cars should be. One of which had to do with this Jensen C-V8, a powerful and elegant GT car built from 1962 to 1968, and a car that may have one of the most complex hood opening systems ever crafted by human hands. Well, maybe it’s not exactly, terribly complex, but it is very confusing and odd. In fact, we were so puzzled by the outward appearance of it, we included it in this little reel of four questions, but not like the four Passover questions, four car questions:
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That little flap – it’s tricky to know what that is, exactly. It could be a strange oil or coolant or even washer fluid filler flap, or all three. It certainly looks more like a fuel filler flap than anything else, but it’s in very much the wrong place for that.
I did de-bone my arm and tentacle up under and behind there to snap this picture, which pretty much revealed what’s going on:
Looks like a locking mechanism. So, that’s how you open the hood? You unlock and lift a tiny hood to get access to the latch for the main hood? Seems like it! Look:
That’s it! The hood latch is in its own little lockbox, so the valet can’t get in there and caress your air cleaner or spit in your oil or do depraved things with the dipstick or whatever sorts of things valets like to do.
I’m not sure I know of another car that has a tiny hood for its hood release? And was engine molesting such an issue then? Fascinating!