Jensen heritage for the next generation

History and Heritage

  • HISTORY FEATURE

    Jensen Light Passenger Coach | 1948 – 1951

    One of the many little known facts about Jensen Motors, is their foray into the world of bus and coach building. Between 1948 and 1951 the Company are thought to have made as few as ten bus and coach chassis, which were then built up with coachwork by independants. Former IT engineer, David Powell, has […]

  • IMPORTANT JENSEN CARS

    Vignale's Second Interceptor | HEA 1D

    Vignale’s Second Interceptor | HEA 1D

    HEA 1D was the second Interceptor finished by Vignale, a couple of months after BEA 693C, in August 1966. This famous car, shown at the 1966 Motor Show, survives today. The Museum looks at the history that is held on HEA 1D so far, and hopes that further information on this historic vehicle might be […]

  • IMPORTANT JENSEN CARS

    Jensen FF Chassis Number 119/003 | Harry Ferguson Research Car

    Jensen FF Chassis Number 119/003 | Harry Ferguson Research Car

    Jensen FF number ‘3’ had been designated for Harry Ferguson Research. The first two FFs had been kept back by Jensen Motors as development cars for evaluation. Both Major Rolt, and Sheldon couldn’t wait to get their hands on an FF themselves, so they could evaluate the car. Tony Sheldon, the Company’s Managing Director, came […]

  • FAMOUS JENSEN CARS

    The Baron Jensen CV8 | Chassis 104/2303

    The Baron’s Jensen CV8 | Chassis 104/2303

    The Baron, was a much-loved television series from the 1960s. To those that have watched the series, a grey Jensen CV8 stole the show, being used copiously throughout the series, by actor Steve Forrest. He played the part of John Mannering, the antiques dealer come spy. Bearing the number plate ‘BAR 1’, the oyster grey […]

  • IMPORTANT JENSEN CARS

    Jensen 541S V8 | Donald Healey Special

    Jensen 541S V8 | Donald Healey Special

    Donald Healey’s long association with Jensen Motors is well known. Less known is the special 541S V8 owned by Healey. Purchasing a 541S from Jensen Motors without engine/transmission, Healey had a Chevrolet V8 engine along with GM transmission fitted.  Healey wanted fast easy motoring between his works in Warwick, and his home in Cornwall. That […]

  • HISTORY FEATURE

    Aston Martin Meets Jensen Motors

    Aston Martin Meets Jensen Motors

    Arriving at the Jensen factory in January 1968, turnaround man, Carl Duerr, took Jensen Motors by storm. Using every possible initiative to put Jensen Motors On The Map, Duerr, within months of his appointment as the new managing director, asked David Brown, the owner of Aston Martin, over for a luncheon and tour of the […]

  • FAMOUS JENSEN OWNERS

    Kastner's Jensen FF | Chassis Number 119/051

    Kastner’s Jensen FF | Chassis Number 119/051

    Jensen FF, chassis 119/051, was purchased new by the film producer, Elliott Kastner, famous for producing films such as, Where Eagles Dare (1968), The Long Goodbye (1973), Russian Roulette (1975), and The Missouri Breaks (1976). Kastner kept his Jensen FF until 2004, at which time it was acquired directly from him by the Museum. The […]

  • 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 […]

  • MUSEUM CARS

    Jensen FF Chassis 119/117 | Press Car

    Jensen FF Chassis 119/117 | Press Car

    Jensen FF, chassis 119/117, was acquired for the Museum collection in 2007. The Jensen FF was used as a main Press Car for Jensen Motors, and was famously abused by motoring journalist, Harold Dvoretsky. With Dvoretsky in the driving seat, 119/117 was given a punishingly hard 2,500 mile jaunt around Europe and back to the […]

  • 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 […]