Jensen heritage for the next generation

Conservation and Restoration

Conservation and Restoration
  • RESTORATION AID

    1954 Jensen Interceptor | Front Body Removal

    1954 Jensen Interceptor | Front Body Removal

    One of the many secrets of the so-called early Jensen Interceptor, is the fact the entire front body has to be removed to allow removal of the radiator. On more than one occasion, a garage charged with changing a leaking radiator, has started cutting away inner panels to try and gain access to the radiator’s […]

  • RESTORATION AID

    Jensen 541 Cracked Heads | Replace Or Repair ?

    Using the Austin 6 cylinder cast-iron engine, the Jensen 541 head can be susceptible to cracks. It is a known problem, but the question is how best to solve it. With originality always uppermost in his mind, Museum curator, Ulric Woodhams, looks at the problem, and would recommend repair. Today, one can purchase a brand […]

  • ORIGINALITY FEATURE

    Lucas 'S' Range Batteries | 1960s Jensen Cars

    Lucas ‘S’ Range Batteries | 1960s Jensen Cars

    For the majority of classic car owners, the battery is of little aesthetic consideration – it just needs to work. But to some, the general  appearance of the battery has to be commensurate in looks with the age of the car. Today various companies produce a range of vintage and classic style batteries. However, one […]

  • RESTORATION AID

    Jensen CV8 Engine-Bays

    Jensen CV8 Engine-Bays

    The quest for originality can be demanding, particularly when correct detail is important. One feature of a Jensen which takes time and expertise to get just right, is the engine-bay. Many decades have elapsed since the cars were first built, and in that time all manner of detail may have been changed. The engine-bay of […]

  • RESTORATION AID

    Jensen Healey Engine-Bay

    Jensen Healey Engine-Bay

    The quest for originality can be demanding, particularly when correct detail is important. One feature of a Jensen which takes time and expertise to get just right, is the engine-bay. Many decades have elapsed since the cars were first built, and in that time all manner of detail may have been changed. The engine-bay of […]

  • MUSEUM CONSERVATION

    Engine Rebuild | Jensen FF Chassis Number 119/008

    Vignale made Jensen FF 119/008 had spent its initial life being driven around the Porsche test-track by their Chief Engineer / Chief Test Driver, Manfred Bantle. Porsche wanted to appraise the Jensen FF’s unique Ferguson four-wheel-drive system, with the idea of creating a similar system for themselves. When 119/008 was acquired for the Museum collection, […]

  • IMPORTANT RECREATION

    Jensen Interceptor & FF Steering Wheel | Recreation

    Jensen Interceptor & FF Steering Wheel | Recreation

    Steering wheel brand leaders, Mota-Lita, have been working together with the Museum, to recreate the Jensen leather wrapped steering wheel. This was original equipment for the Jensen Interceptor, and Jensen FF. The recreated steering wheel is for sale exclusively through the Museum. Talks in 2016 between Museum curator, Ulric Woodhams, and Mota-Lita’s founder, Simon Green, […]

  • EPIC RESTORATION

    Jensen JNSN Prototype Freighter | Restoration

    Jensen JNSN Freighter Prototype | Restoration

    In 1955, Jensen Motors built their prototype JNSN ‘Freighter’, the longest flat-bed lorry on the market. By 1993, the same prototype lorry was slowly disintegrating in a field outside Sevenoaks in Kent. Close to being scrapped, luckily, the lorry fell into the hands of the Walsh brothers from Manchester. This is the story of their […]

  • EPIC RESTORATION

    GKN Jensen FF | Epic Restoration

    GKN Jensen FF | Epic Restoration

    In 2011, Pirelli F1 Motorsport Director, Paul Hembery, embarked on a restoration journey with marque specialists, Rejen. The subject matter,  a MK.I Jensen FF, chassis number 119/189. The car having been ordered new in 1969 by GKN, the global engineering firm. The term Epic Restoration is often used today, but this particular restoration truely lives […]

  • Important Restorations

    Jensen Museum | Jensen SP

    Jensen SP | SP Number One

    Many Jensen enthusiasts will instantly recognise the registration number GEA 77K. The number was assigned to the first production Jensen SP. This important car with chassis number 131/4254, is often referred to as SP Number One. The Museum has been given a unique insight to the ongoing restoration of SP Number One for its Dutch […]

  • Restoration Aid

    Jensen Museum | Jensen FF Engine-Bays

    The Jensen FF Engine-Bay

    The quest for originality can be demanding, particularly when correct detail is important. One feature of a Jensen which takes time and expertise to get just right, is the engine-bay. Many decades have elapsed since the cars were first built, and in that time all manner of detail may have been changed. The Museum looks […]

  • Museum Conservation

    Parted For Forty Years

      It was way back in the 1970s when something went wrong with the transmission / Ferguson four-wheel-drive unit from Vignale made Jensen FF, chassis number 119/004. Typically Jensen Motors would pull the unit out, and exchange it against a re-built unit off the shelf. This is precisly what happened with 119/004. Some decade or […]

  • Conservation Feature

    Jensen Carpets | Conservation or Replacement

    Jensen Carpets | Conservation or Replacement

    The Museum discusses the decisions Jensen owners have to make in regard to sympathetic carpet conservation & replacement. West Bromwich manufactured Jensen FF cars (along with Interceptors) were finished with best quality Wilton carpets. The vast majority were trimmed with a matching coloured vinyl edging, although leather edge finishing was available as an option. Both […]

  • CONSERVATION FEATURE

    Jensen Veneers | Conservation or Replacement

    You might think the matter of dealing with poor cracked and delaminating Jensen veneers is simple – just replace the veneered panel with a re-veneered one. We look in depth at the Jensen veneer instrument panel, which houses the main switches on Interceptors and FFs. The original Vignale switch panel, as fitted to the first […]

  • TECHNICAL FEATURE

    Jensen Museum | Chrysler 383 Engine

    Chrysler 383 Engine | Timing Sprocket Failure

    What was the Achilles heel of the Chrysler 383 & 440 engines as fitted to Jensen cars. We take a look at the infamous Chrysler ‘Silent Timing Chain’. During the 1960s, Chrysler were looking at ways of making their engines run quieter, and to that end,  had been developing their ‘Silent Timing Chain’ system. Advances […]