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History and Heritage

  • 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 […]

  • HISTORY FEATURE

    Jensen's CV8 Replacement | From Italy With Love

    Jensen’s CV8 Replacement | From Italy With Love

    Directly after the boardroom battle which had taken place in autumn 1965, Deputy Chief Engineer, Kevin Beattie, along with MD Brian Owen, flew out to Italy with the drawings of the Jensen CV8, visiting Ghia, Touring and Vignale. Each firm were asked if they would supply designs for a body replacement based on the existing […]

  • MUSEUM FEATURE

    Vignale's Jensen Nova

    Vignale’s Jensen Nova

    During 1966, Alfredo Vignale had asked Jensen Motors if he could purchase a LHD chassis to build his own body on. It’s believed Vignale wanted to build one of his own designs , which he had submitted to Jensen Motors for the CV8 replacement body. Both Vignale and Touring had submitted designs to Jensen Motors […]

  • IMPORTANT JENSEN CARS

    Jensen's First Interceptor | BEA 693C

    Vignale’s First Interceptor | BEA 693C

    Jensen CV8 chassis number 104/2142 would be the initial chassis sent over to Italy. This would be built up to become Vignale’s first Interceptor, BEA 693C. Converting the CV8 into the first Interceptor was achieved with incredible speed, and the new car would take the world by storm. The Museum looks at the story of […]

  • HISTORY FEATURE

    Jensen Commercial Vehicles

    Jensen Commercial Vehicles

    The era of Jensen  commercial vehicles has been little explored, undoubtedly due to the somewhat unglamourous subject matter. Yet, it was the commercial vehicles, which allowed Jensen Motors to do what they truly loved; building fine motor cars.  Dutch Jensen historian, Han Kamp, gives us an insight to the world of Jensen-made commercial vehicles. Building […]

  • JENSEN FACTORY SERIES

    Jensen Motors | Carter's Green Factory

    Jensen Motors | Carter’s Green Factory

    Carter’s Green factory is the first 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 might […]