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History and Heritage

  • 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 […]

  • MUSEUM A-Z LEXICON

    Jensen Motors Trim Shop Employees A-Z

    Jensen Motors Trim Shop Employees A-Z

    Jensen Motors had one of the best reputations in the motor industry for the quality of their trim. This was based not just on using the best leathers and other materials, but also by the high standard expected from Jensen Motors’ Trim Shop.  Former Jensen Motors quality Engineer, Paul Turner,  told the Museum, “we never […]

  • MUSEUM A-Z LEXICON

    Jensen Motors Drawing Office Employees A-Z

    Jensen Motors Drawing Office Employees A-Z

    Integral to any car company is a competent drawing office, where a range of draughtsmen, illustrators, body and chassis specialists, along with estimators, work on new car models. Jensen Motors gave a huge amount of autonomy over to the men of the drawing office, unlike many other car companies, which had ‘checkers’. It was the […]

  • HISTORY FEATURE

    Jensen Healey Story

    The Jensen Healey Story has been written many times. However, Dutch Jensen historian, Han Kamp, gives us a fresh perspective on the whole saga of the Jensen Healey, from Donald Healey’s X500 project in the late 1960s, through to the iconic Jensen Healey that we know today. Long before the official presentation of the Jensen […]

  • DAY IN THE LIFE SERIES

    Jensen Motors Chief Engineer | Day In The Life

    Jensen Motors Chief Engineer | Day In The Life

    Michael (Mike) Jones came to work at Jensen Motors from Rootes in February 1964, initially working in the Drawing Office as Chassis Project Engineer. Within the drawing office, Jones was working mainly on the Sunbeam Tiger. Later he became Assistant Chief Engineer under Beattie, and was involved in development work on the Jensen Interceptor and […]

  • DAY IN THE LIFE SERIES

    Jensen Museum | Nick Maltby draughtsman at Jensen Motors.

    Jensen Motors Draughtsman | Day In The Life

    Continuing our Day In The Life series, Nick Maltby gives us his Day In The Life of a draughtsman at Jensen Motors. Maltby joined Jensen Motors in 1959 as a draughtsman, working at the Carter’s Green factory. After leaving briefly to join Ford, he re-joined Jensen Motors as a draughtsman at Kelvin Way. The Museum […]

  • Day In The Life SERIES

    Jensen Museum | Tony Marshall Jensen Motors.

    Jensen Motors Sales Manager | Day In The Life

    Tony Marshall joined Jensen Motors in 1967 as Assistant Sales Manager. A small ad in Motor Magazine was advertising the position, and Marshall was quick to send off a letter along with CV. Currently working for BMC (where he was involved in market research) Marshall was keen to join Jensen Motors, and to be involved […]

  • MUSEUM A-Z LEXICON

    Jensen Motors | Company Secretary

    Jensen Motors | Company Secretary A-Z

    Jensen Motors had no less than five Company Secretaries during the time the Company was in business. The first, J.B.Stevenson, had remained in that position from 1928 all the way through to 1964. The following four Company Secretaries only lasted a few years each. The short periods of employment in that position, indicative of the […]