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History and Heritage

History and Heritage
  • HISTORY FEATURE

    Alfredo Vignale | Life & Times

    Alfredo Vignale | Life & Times

    The story of Vignale and his relationship with Jensen is understood well enough today. But, who was Alfredo Vignale, and what were the true circumstances of his death. Museum curator, Ulric Woodhams, has researched the life, and untimely death of Vignale. The true circumstances of his death are completely at odds with what is generally […]

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    FFF 100 | GKN's Four-Wheel-Drive Titan

    FFF 100 | GKN’s Four-Wheel-Drive Titan

    On a rainy day in September 1972, GKN’s Hemi-powered four-wheel-drive FFF 100 created an astounding new world record, when the car accelerated from a standing start, up to 100 mph, and back to rest in just 12.2. seconds – and that was in the rain. An incredible 8 seconds less than the world record at […]

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    Jensen GT | Jensen's Last Hope

    Jensen GT | Jensen’s Last Hope

    The Jensen GT was the last ditch attempt by Qvale to keep Jensen Motors in operation. The idea of a shooting brake Jensen Healey, with close to Interceptor levels of refinement had merit, but it wasn’t going to save the Company. Incredibly, just over 500 Jensen GT cars left the factory between September 1975, and […]

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    Jensen CV8 | From Drawing Board To Reality

    Jensen CV8 | From Drawing Board To Reality

    By 1960, Jensen Motors were looking at a future replacement to the 541S. The replacement car would require a much more powerful engine to take over from the ageing Austin engine, and the new engine would require changes to the chassis. With plans a foot for a new centre tubed chassis, it seemed fitting to […]

  • MUSEUM FEATURE

    Vignale Interceptors | Tale Of Two Vignales

    In September 2017, Laurent and Fabrice Michelin from France, purchased two Vignale manufactured Sincar Interceptors. The two cars were just three chassis numbers apart, 117/2603 and 117/2606. The two Interceptors were built by Vignale for sale in Europe by Sincar. This is the story of two Vignale made Sincar Interceptors, the Museum hopes that more […]

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    Jensen FF 119/029 | History & Mystery

    Jensen FF 119/029 | History & Mystery

    Jensen FF 119/029 was originally sold to the merchant banker, Peter Samuel. By the early 1980s, the car had fallen into disrepair, and was believed to have been scrapped. When Museum curator, Ulric Woodhams, was told 119/029 was still in existence, there was concern this was a case of switched identity. The Museum unravels the […]

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    Jensen Convertible | Extreme Cold Testing Norway

    Jensen Convertible | Extreme Cold Testing Norway

    In January 1975, Alan Vincent, Technical Director at Jensen Motors, accompanied with fellow Development man, Martyn Davies, left the gates of Jensen’s Kelvin Way factory in a Jensen Convertible. The two men would be heading to the coldest spot in Norway, the town of Tynset. Vincent tells the Museum about this remarkable adventure. While working […]

  • FAMOUS JENSEN CARS

    Benjamin Britten's Jensen | Interceptor Chassis Number 84

    Benjamin Britten’s Jensen | Interceptor Chassis Number 84

    It remains a little known fact that the famous British composer and conductor , Benjamin Britten, was smitten by the Jensen Interceptor. Obviously, we are talking here of the original Jensen Interceptor of the 1950s. Britten purchased his black Interceptor Cabriolet in June 1957, and it is believed kept the car until 1963. The Museum looks […]

  • MUSEUM CARS

    Jensen Interceptor Deluxe | 1954 London Motor Show Car

    Jensen Interceptor Deluxe, chassis number 63, was completed in late summer 1954. The car had  a specification of ivory paint with red vinyl roof and red trim. Once finished, the car was made ready for the 1954 London Motor Show, where it shared the Jensen stand with a new Jensen 541. The Museum looks at […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]