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History and Heritage

  • FAMOUS JENSEN OWNERS

    Jimi Hendrix Jensen | Jensen FF 119/195

    Jimi Hendrix Jensen | Jensen FF 119/195

    Known as the Hendrix Jensen at Jensen Motors, the last Jensen FF MK.I made [chassis number 119/195], had actually been purchased by Mitch Mitchell, the drummer for ‘The Hendrix Experience’. That said, Hendrix’s girlfriend, Kathy Etchington, remembered how Hendrix would drive the FF when ever he was given the chance. The Museum has managed to […]

  • FACTORY RECOLLECTIONS

    Jensen Motors Paint Shop Operator | Recollections

    Jensen Motors Paint Shop Operator | Recollections

    An impromptu telephone call from Peter Stait’s brother, Tony, in 1972, led him to join Jensen Motors as a Paint Operator. Tony Stait had been employed at Jensen Motors as a paint sprayer since the late 1960s. He had often mentioned to his brother, Peter, that he should apply for a job there. With large […]

  • ITALIAN RECOLLECTIONS

    Recollections Of The Sincar Operation | Mike Jones

    Recollections Of The Sincar Operation | Mike Jones

    Former Chief Engineer at Jensen Motors, Mike Jones,  discusses with Museum curator, Ulric Woodhams, the hitherto unrecorded month that he spent at Vignale in 1967.  Jones was sent out to Vignale, to help sort out engineering and quality issues on the Sincar operation. Some 30 odd Sincar Interceptors left the Vignale factory bearing both Vignale […]

  • DAY IN THE LIFE SERIES

    Jensen Motors Assembly Line Finisher | Day In The Life

    Jensen Motors Assembly Line Finisher | Day In The Life

    Clive Kendrick joined Jensen Motors as an apprentice in 1963. After working in various sections of Jensen Motors, and gaining his City & Guilds, Kendrick chose to become an Assembly Line Finisher. He initially worked on the Austin-Healey 3000 track, and then when that finished, moved to the Interceptor track. Kendrick remained at Jensen Motors […]

  • MUSEUM A-Z LEXICON

    Jensen Motors Paint Shop Employees A-Z

    Jensen Motors Paint Shop Employees A-Z

    The Paint Shop at Jensen Motors included the red oxiding & priming, through to painting and final undersealing, before the body moved to the start of the assembly track. Former Paint Shop Operative, Peter Stait, remembers how the foreman would hand over the paint for each car coming through the booth. “As painters, we didn’t […]

  • FACTORY RECOLLECTIONS

    Jensen Motors' Press Shop Manager | Recollections

    Jensen Motors’ Press Shop Manager | Recollections

    Ron Freckleton had the most incredible career with Jensen Motors. Starting in the Press Shop in 1951, later becoming Press Shop Manager, then Rate-Fixer, before heading the pressings company at Cymgors, which had been bought out by Qvale. Freckleton’s return to Kelvin Way in 1975, saw him without any formal position. In reality he became […]

  • IMPORTANT JENSEN CARS

    Jensen P66 | Jensen's Forgotten Interceptor

    Jensen P66 | Jensen’s Forgotten Interceptor

    The sole surviving Jensen P66 Coupe, remains a left over dinosaur from Jensen’s pre-Italian heritage. Both the Coupe, and earlier Convertible P66 prototypes, are reminders of volatile times. It was the time when the Jensen boardroom remained divided, over the issue of Italian styling for their cars. The Museum takes up the incredible story of […]

  • JENSEN FACTORY SERIES

    Jensen Motors | Kelvin Way Factory

    Jensen Motors | Kelvin Way Factory

    Jensen Motors’ Kelvin Way factory is one in a series of three features about the Jensen Motors factories. Swiss Jensen Car Club Secretary, Felix Kistler, has researched the three factories, and; together with various photographs and drawings; gives us a unique insight to the various areas of use within each factory. Kistler hopes that viewers […]

  • FACTORY RECOLLECTIONS

    Jensen Motors Development Department Mechanic | Recollections

    Jensen Motors Development Department Mechanic | Recollections

    Richard Peckover joined Jensen Motors in 1968, initially working in the Service Department, and then, a couple of years later, transferring to the Development Department. Peckover gives the Museum his recollections of work on the prototype Jensen Healey, leading up to the famous ‘Champagne In Tea Cups’ picture. I joined Jensen Motors in 1968 working […]

  • MUSEUM A-Z LEXICON

    Jensen Factory Development Department A-Z

    Jensen Factory Development Department Employees A-Z

    Although the official designation was the Development Department, it was also known as the Engineering Department. However, it was more fondly remembered simply as ‘Experimental’, by the close-knit group of employees that formed this department. At Carter’s Green, the Development Department was situated at the rear of the factory, next to the Body Drawing Office […]

  • IMPORTANT JENSEN CARS

    Jensen Number 1 | The White Lady

    Jensen Number 1 | The White Lady

    Jensen Motors car number ‘1’ is how John Page (Service Manager at Jensen Parts & Service) referred to the so-called White Lady, when contacted by the car’s owner in the late 1970s. It is generally accepted that the Jensen brothers named their prototype the White Lady, and that name has certainly stuck over the decades […]

  • FACTORY RECOLLECTIONS

    Jensen Motors Quality Engineer | Recollections

    Jensen Motors Quality Engineer | Recollections

    Paul Turner was brought into Jensen Motors as a Quality Engineer. It was his job to solve any quality related issues on the Interceptor before it went through to Sales. His was not going to be an easy job by any stretch of the imagination, but winning the respect of the assembly track foremen and […]

  • IMPORTANT JENSEN CARS

    Jensen 541 Abbott Drophead | 541/4/4631 Then & Now

    Jensen 541 Abbott Drop-Head | 541/4/4631| Then & Now

    In 1955, Gordon Sutherland, the MD of the coach-building firm E.D. Abbott of Farnham, asked Jensen Motors if they could purchase two Jensen 541 cars, with the idea of converting them to drop-head style. The Jensen brothers obviously liked the idea, and supplied Sutherland with the third and fourth prototype 541 chassis (541/3/4564 and 541/4/4631), […]

  • DAY IN THE LIFE SERIES

    Jensen Motors Road Tester | Day In The Life

    Jensen Motors Road Tester | Day In The Life

    John Taylor joined Jensen Motors in 1964 as a mechanic, and by 1972 was one of two Jensen Motors Road Testers, undertaking routine tests on new Healeys. As Taylor states today, as far as he was concerned he had the best job at Jensen Motors. Taylor gives us a Day In The Life of a […]

  • IMPORTANT INTERVIEWS

    Jon Pressnell – Richard Graves Interview

    Motoring Journalist, Jon Pressnell , was the last man to interview former Jensen Motors acting MD, Richard Graves, before he passed away in October 2011. As Graves made clear in this (most frank) interview, the final days of Jensen Motors weren’t happy. The Jon Pressnell – Richard Graves  interview was originally published in the February […]