Jensen heritage for the next generation

Design and Engineering

  • Design Feature

    Jensen Museum | Jensen Healey

    Jensen Healey | Cut-A-Way Drawings

    When the Jensen Healey was introduced in 1972, two Jensen Healey cut-a-way drawings were completed. The first drawing was by Jensen Motors’ in-house senior draughtsman / designer, John Attrill. The other was completed by Autocar’s artist, John Hostler. Both were finished and published in 1972. The two men dealt with their cut-a-way drawing in different […]

  • A New Take On Colour

    Complexities of Colour | Jensen Museum

    Complexities of Colour

    Henry Ford’s much paraphrased remark from 1909, “You can have any colour as long as it’s black”, may have worked back then, but the savvy car buyer of the 1960s had colour expectations that Ford couldn’t have comprehended. Jensen Motors stepped up to the wire, and gave customers colours of the moment, but how did […]

  • Museum Information Source

    Jensen Motors Paint Codes 1967 – 1976

    When Jensen Motors added a new colour to their range, the manufacturer’s name and their code for the specific paint colour was held on file. This listing gives a breakdown of Jensen Motors paint codes representing the company’s standard range of colours used between 1967 and 1976. This is further broken down into pre-1973 colors […]

  • Jensen FF Technical Feature

    Ferguson Four-Wheel-Drive System Explained

    At the heart of the Jensen FF is the Ferguson four-wheel-drive-system, cutting edge technology when the car was launched in 1965. The system had been the dream of two men, Tony Rolt and Freddie Dixon, way back before the Second World War, with Ferguson coming aboard in the 1950s to finance the venture. The Ferguson […]

  • Jensen FF Technical Feature

    Dunlop Maxaret Anti-Lock Braking Explained

    Dunlop Maxaret was the first anti-lock braking system (ABS) to be widely used. Introduced in the early 1950s, the Dunlop Maxaret was rapidly taken up in the aviation world, since testing found a 30% reduction in stopping distances, and the elimination of tyre bursts or flat spots due to skids. Harry Ferguson Research had worked […]

  • Technical Feature

    Jensen Museum | Selectaride Shock Absorbers

    Selectaride Shock Absorbers | The True Story

    The idea of a shock absorber which could be adjusted between soft and hard settings, went back to the 1930s, when Girling Luvax brought out their pressure adjustable system. The system wasn’t particularly successful and was withdrawn in 1939. It was Armstrong that paved the way post-war, developing an electrically adjustable shock absorber which they […]

  • 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 […]