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Jensen Motors Distributors A-Z

Until the birth of the Italian styled Jensen Interceptor and FF, Jensen Motors had a ‘small family’ of distributors that sold the company’s cars. Bearing in mind the relatively small number of Jensen cars being produced at that time they had no need for a larger distribution scheme. This was about to change. As the company headed through the later 1960s, and into the 1970s, the distribution network enlarged, with nearly 50 Jensen Motors distributors signed up by 1974. And that was in the UK alone.

Like most other manufacturers at the time, Jensen Motors Ltd operated a three tier distributor/dealer network, where dealers were appointed within distributors’ areas and purchased cars and parts through them at agreed over-riding discount to the distributors. In areas outside any distributor area , all trade sales and parts supplies were handled by Jensen Motors Ltd direct. In addition, some ‘service only’ dealers were appointed, both in and outside accredited distributors, especially in export markets such as Switzerland.

The names of key management reflect individuals holding that position within the company at some-point during the 1960s/1970s. Obviously some of them may have left, and others taken over their position.

 

JENSEN MOTORS DISTRIBUTORS | GREAT BRITAIN

 

ALAN FRASER AUTOMOBILES

Hildenborough, Kent

Owner: Alan Fraser

Jensen distributors 1965. How long they remained Jensen distributors isn’t known.

Probably no longer Jensen distributors by 1968.

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AUTOCARE LTD

Pangbourne, Berkshire

Sales Director: M.G.Ward

Service Manager: F.Hopkins

Jensen distributors from at least 1972

 

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AUTO SCUDERIA

Bristol

Jensen distributors from 1974

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A.R.D GARAGE(CWYMBRAN)LTD

Cwmbran, Monmouthshire

Managing Director: Alf Gooding

Director: Don Gooding

Service Manager: L.Webb

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Alf & Don Gooding at the launch of the new Jensen Interceptor MK.II in 1969.

 

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The ARD showrooms in Wales . Photographed in 1972

The ARD showrooms in Wales was run by Alf and Don Gooding. The family had made money by lining blast furnaces. A.R.D took on their Jensen distributorship during the later 1960s (?). The two brothers would often go to London (especially when the Motor Show was on) to generate publicity for their distributorship. Through this means (and no doubt by their likeable character), they managed to attract some customers; not necessary living in Wales; to their Welsh-based business. Tony Marshall, former Sales Manager at Jensen Motors, remembers the two brothers as “true characters”

Outside of other Jensens, the Company sold nine Jensen FF cars

A.R.D  remained a Jensen Motors distributor until at least 1974.

 

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R.W.BAKER (STONEHOUSE) LTD         

R.W Baker were no longer Jensen Motors distributors by the late 1960s / early 1970s. Outside of other Jensens, the Company are known to have sold three Jensen FF cars.

Jensen Distributor Start & finish dates not known

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BARGATE MOTORS (BOSTON) LTD

Boston, Lincs

Managing Director: W.Maltby

Service manager: R.Bailey

Jensen distributors from at least 1973

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BELL & COLVILL LTD

West Horsley, Surrey

Owners: Robert (Bobby) Bell & Martin Colvill

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Bobby Bell. Portrait from the 1970s.

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Martin Colvill. Portrait from the 1970s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bell & Colvill were distributors of Lotus and Alfa Romeo from 1970. Jensen distributors from 1974 – 1979.

 

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Bell & Colvill showrooms in West Horsley, Surrey, 1970s.

 

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Bell & Colvill keyfob dating from the 1970s.

 

BOTWOODS

Major Corner, Ipswich

Suffolk

Works Manager: R.K.Clapham

Botswood showrooms photographed in the 1950s. The petrol pump was removed by the 1960s, and the main Mann Egerton signage was also removed.

 

The Botwoods showroom on Majors Corner, Ipswich. Photograph taken in the 1960s. The showrooms were demolished in the 1980s.

Botwoods Coachbuilders was started by William Botwood. His carriage making works were in Woodbridge Road (between Kirby Street and Milton Street), Ipswich, and had been established in 1870. In 1882 showrooms were opened in St Matthews Street. Botwood died in 1896 and the business was carried on by two sons, Samuel Ernest and William Thomas, who a few years later were joined by a pioneering motorist, Reginald Egerton.

Until 1910, the motor car manufacturers Botwood & Egerton ran alongside the carriage-making firm until Egerton left to set up his own business in Northgate (Street) next to the Great White Horse Hotel. The Botwood company became Botwoods Ltd and in the 1920s the Botwood shares were acquired by Mann, Egerton & Co. of Norwich, who had by then expanded to Woodbridge Road/Majors Corner.

During the 1970s, the Botwood name was discontinued, the company coming under the umbrella name, Mann Egerton.

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BROADWAY AUTOS

Broadway, Cricklewood

London

Managing Director: Alfie Ahrens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jensen distributors from at least 1970

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BROOKLANDS OF BOND STREET

103 New Bond Street

London

 

Brooklands of Bond Street may have been one of the first Jensen distributors. They were the distributors for Jensen post-war, and may have continued to sell Jensen until the early 1960s.

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Brooklands Of Band Street showroom dating from just post-war.

 

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Brooklands advert dating from the late 1950s.

 

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Brooklands keyfob dating from the 1950s.

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The reverse of the plaque details the firms Brooklands were distributors for, including Jensen Motors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ROGER CLARK (CARS) LTD

Narborough, Liecs

Managing Director: R.Clark

Service Manager: P.Blackwell

Jensen distributors from at least 1973

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CROPREDY BRIDGE GARAGE LTD

Cropredy, Buckinghamshire

Managing Director: Andrew Edwards

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Andrew Edwards, Managing Director, Cropredy Bridge Garage until 1995. Photograph taken in the 1980s.

The Company had been in existence from 1968, and became official distributors for Jensen Motors in 1975.

Beside standard Interceptors, Andrew Edwards managed to sell a few Jensen Convertibles between 1975 / 76.

After the collapse of Jensen Motors, Cropredy Bridge Garage continued to specialise in Jensen cars.

As other distributors moved away from Jensen cars, Edwards would purchase their entire stocks of parts, including the entire parts department of Charles Follett.

Edwards remained as the MD of Cropredy Bridge Garage until 1995, then selling out to Bob Cherry.

 

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CULLEN’S (LANGFORD) LTD

Langford, Nr.Bristol.

Jensen distributors from at least 1964, possibly earlier. They were no longer Jensen distributors from the later 1960s

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BRIAN ELDRIDGE LTD

Eldridge remained a Jensen Motors distributor until the late 1960s, possibly early 1970s. They were no longer distributors for Jensen by 1972.

Jensen Distributor exact start & finish dates not known

Outside of other Jensens, the Company sold five Jensen FF cars

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J.A.ELSE & SON

Codnor, Derbyshire

Managing Director: R.Else

Jensen distributors from at least 1973

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ENDCLIFFE MOTORS LTD

Sheffield, Yorkshire

Sales Manager: D.Turner

General Service Manager: P.A.Cook

Jensen distributors from at least 1972

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EYELES & COXETTER (OXFORD)LTD  

This Oxford-based company were no longer Jensen Motors distributors by the late 1960s / early 1970s

Outside of other Jensens, the Company sold one Jensen FF car

Jensen distributors from at least 1972

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MANN EGERTON LTD

Chairman Mr.Hawksley

Sales Manager David Dixon

Jensen Motors Distributors A-Z

David Dixon, Sales Manager at Mann Egerton, hands the keys to the Jensen over to golfer, Tony Jacklin.

Mann Egerton Ltd. was an automotive and aerospace company headquartered in Norwich. During its history the company was variously active in automotive retailing, aircraft manufacturing, automotive coach-building and electrical services.

The Company was founded in 1905 by Gerald Mann, an electrical engineer, and Hubert Egerton, although the two had been working in partnership for a number of preceding years (the “Tern” logo used in the 1960s was often accompanied by the statement “ESTD. 1898”).

During the First World War, Mann Egerton received government contracts to build aeroplanes. Government contracts were also given to Mann Egerton during the Second World War, particularly for vehicle bodies. After the war, the company concentrated on setting up automobile retail outlets. However,  the company continued to be involved in electrical installation work, although this section of the business was sold off in 1964. The company was acquired by Inchcape in 1973.

Outside of other Jensens, the Company sold 31 Jensen FF cars

It isn’t known when Mann Egerton became Jensen distributors, but they were no longer Jensen Motors distributors by 1973.

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CHARLES FOLLETT (MAYFAIR) LONDON               

Founder Charles Follett ( born 1899 – died 1982)

Chairman R.Dutton-Forshaw (Known to be  Chairman during the 1960s)

Managing Director Pat Follett (from 1961)

Directors

R.P Baker (known to be a director during the 1960s)

A.D.Fincham (known to be a director during the 1960s)

John Jason (director from 1973)

Sales Managers

N.B.Dixon (known to be Sales Manager early to middle 1960s)

Nigel Bligh, later 1960s.

David Pigott from around 1972/73 by David Piggot.

Service Director (St.John’s Wood) Derek Piper

Charles Follett giving a prize to Prince Bira in 1937.

Charles Follett giving a prize to Prince Bira in 1937.

Pat Follett’s father, Charles, started out in the 1920s, selling second-hand cars. He built up a reputation for selling good quality, good

Charles follett showrooms in Mayfair, photographed in 1972.

Charles Follett showrooms in Mayfair, photographed in 1972.

condition cars, which largely were sold on to the trade. Follett was asked by one of his clients, if he would like to run a Lancia agency from showrooms in Berkeley Street, Mayfair, Follett agreed immediately.

The Lancia agency later ended, and Follett was give the opportunity to buy the Berkeley Street premises. He took on a bank loan, bought the premises, and started selling Alvis cars.

Follet went a step further, and made an agreement with Vandem Plas to make stylish bodies for Alvis chassis’, which sold well, and enhanced his position.

The relationship with Alvis soured, and in 1936 Alvis withdrew from Follett. Unperturbed, Follett still managed to fill his showroom with other sporty makes.

In 1958, Charles Follett  became the London-based distributor for Jensen cars. It was the start of a close relationship with the Jensen brand, which continued through until after Jensen Motors ceased trading in 1976.

By 1961, Follett retired, and handed over the reigns of his company to his son, Pat. The company, Charles Follett, went from strength to strength, and sold the largest amount of Jensen cars of any authorised distributor.

Jensen Motors Distributors A-Z

Pat Follett (left) with Carl Duerr, Managing Director , Jensen Motors. The photograph was taken at the Jensen factory on the occasion of 1000th Interceptor having been built.

 

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A delivery of Jensen Interceptors arriving at Charles Follett Mayfair showroom in 1971.

 

Letter opener given to Pat Follett to celebrate the sale of Follett’s 500th Interceptor.

 

Reverse of the letter opener with dedication, ‘PRESENTED TO PAT FOLLET by JENSEN MOTORS LTD TO MARK THE OCCASION OF THE SALE OF THE 500TH JENSEN INTERCEPTOR by CHARLES FOLLETT LTD.’ No date is given, but it is believed the 500th sale happened during 1972.

 

Jensen Motors Distributors A-Z

Pat Follett (left) outside the Mencap building in London. Jensen Motors Sales Promotion manager, Dick Thorowgood stands next to him, and Charles Follett Sales Manager, Nigel Bligh, stands behind him.

John Jason had made money from a clothing business; in the early 1970s, he put money into Charles Follett  in return for 50% of the company, becoming a director.

Charles Follett remained a Jensen Motors distributor through to 1976, and continued to service Jensen cars whilst Jensen Parts & Service remained in operation. After the demise of Jensen Parts & Service, Charles Follett took on a Porsche agency.

Typically of the Jensen distributor which sold the most Jensen cars; the Company sold an astounding 86 Jensen FF cars

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FRANCIS MOTORS

Humberstone Rd, Leicester

Jensen distributors from at least 1964, possibly earlier. They were no longer Jensen distributors from the later 1960s

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GIDEA PARK MOTORS (ESSEX) LTD

Managing Director R.H.G.Diebel

Sales Manager D.Manley

Service Manager A.Perry

Gidea Park Motors Ltd were based in Romford, Essex.

Gidea Park Motors remained a Jensen Motors distributor until 1972 at which time Grange Motors in Brentwood took over as Jensen distributors.

Outside of other Jensens, the Company sold three Jensen FF cars

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GRANGE MOTORS LTD

Brentwood, Essex

Managing Director: C.F.Chambers

Service Manager: R.G.Flat

Grange Motors took over from Gidea Park Motors, and were Jensen distributors from at least 1972.

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F.C.GREEN AUTOS LTD

Hertford, Hertfordshire

Jensen distributors from 1974

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Hoffman’s Garage, Huddersfield Road, Halifax

( a part of the Swain Group)

Managing Director: P.F.Swain

Jensen Motors Distributors A-Z

The Hoffman of Halifax showrooms photographed in 1948.

Known to be Jensen distributors immediately post-war, but when Hoffman’s Garage took on Jensen distribution isn’t known, or, indeed, how long they remained as Jensen distributors. It is believed Hoffman were no longer Jensen distributors by the end of the 1950s.

Immediately post-war, the Swain Group included (in addition to Hoffman’s Of Halifax), Edwards and Co (Bournemouth), Edwards and Co (Boscombe), Harold Radford (Coachbuilders), Swain Group (Services), Freestone and Webb, Hoffmans of London, Fleets Division,

By 1948, further companies had been bought up by the Swain Group, Thomas Greenwoods, (Horton Street, Halifax), Carlton Autocars (Hfx) Ltd, (Carlton Street, Halifax), H.R. Owen Ltd, (17, Berkeley Street, London), Park Lane Garage, Brick Street, London, Swain Corner, North Circular Road and Haslam Harrison & Co, Eccleshall Road, Sheffield.

The Swain Group was acquired in 1959 by the Provincial Traction Co. P.F. Swain remained as the Managing Director.

 

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HUGHES OF BEACONSFIELD LTD

Managing Director Michael J.Hughes

Sales Director Derek.Owen

Service Manager Fred Greenwood

Jensen Motors Distributors A-Z

M.J.Hughes Garage photographed in 1955.

 

Jensen Motors Distributors A-Z

During the beginning of the 1970s, the garage was completely rebuilt, and opened in March 1971 at a cost of £300,000. The architect was James A Stiff A.R.I.B.A. This photograph was taken in 1977, shortly after Hughes of Beconsfield, had given up Jensen, and become a Mercedes-Benz distributor.

 

Jensen Motors Distributors A-Z

The new Hughs of Beconsfield service centre which opened in March 1971.

Michael Hughes founded the Station Road firm, Hughes of Beconsfield, in 1955, and remained as Chairman of the Hughes group until the late 1990s. He died in September 2011 at the age of 81.

Hughes  remained a Jensen Motors distributor until at least 1974.

Outside of other Jensens, the Company sold six Jensen FF cars

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JENSCOT LTD

Edinburgh, Scotland

Managing Director: Tom Sleigh

Co-Managing Director: Eric Liddell

Tom Sleigh.

 

By 1974, Tom Sleigh opened a new Edinburgh-based Jensen distributors, Jenscot, and apparently left Rossleigh to be run by another family member. A second Jenscot was opened in Glasgow later in 1974. The Glasgow-based Jenscot was managed by Robert Todd.

Jensen Motors Distributors A-Z

Jackie Stewart on the Jenscot stand at the Scottish Motor Show 1974.

 

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Jenscot Road Tax disc holder dating from the 1970s.

Jenscot were Jensen distributors from at least 1974 until 1976.

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JENSEN HOUSE (ST. ANNES) LTD

Managing Director: Nigel E.J.Bradshaw

Jensen Motors Distributors A-Z

Nigel Bradshaw photographed in 1972.

Service Manager: R.Eccles

Jensen distributors from at least 1972

Jensen House (St.Annes) LTD | Jensen Museum

The showrooms of Jensen House, St.Annes, dating from approximately 1974.

Nigel Bradshaw was the nephew of Colonel Gray, the owner of Loxhampton (Rover dealers).

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NEVILLE JOHNSTON (GARAGES) LTD

Chairman: Paddy Hopkirk (the well known racing driver)

Managing Director: J.Neville Johnston

Service Manager: R.Gregg

By 1972 at least, Neville Johnston (Garages) Ltd were the distributors for Northern Ireland. They took over from Malcolm Templeton

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Paddy Hopkirk and Neville Johnston, photographed in Knightsbridge by Jensen photographer, Michael Cooper. Photograph circa 1971.

Neville Johnston had been Paddy Hopkirk’s co-driver on the 1970 World Cup Rally – London to Mexico. He also became Hopkirk’s business partner in Belfast selling Toyota cars. Due to Hopkirk’s friendship with Jensen Motors Chairman, Donald Healey, Hopkirk and Johnston also became distributors for Jensen cars. Jonhnston was killed in a car crash in 1975 while competing at the Spelga Hill Climb.

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LOXHAMS LTD OF PRESTON

Owners not known.

 

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The Loxhams showrooms Preston. Photograph taken in the 1960s.

 

This Preston-based company were no longer Jensen Motors distributors by the late 1960s / early 1970s

Outside of other Jensens, the Company sold two Jensen FF cars

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MALAYA GARAGE (COWFOLD)

Cowfold, Sussex

Jensen distributors from at least 1974

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MARTINS OF BILLINGHAM LTD

Billingham, County Durham

Managing Director: G.Allen

Service Manager: J.Marshall

Jensen distributors from at least 1973

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MILLOCRAT MOTORS LTD 

General Manager R.Pope, later M.J.Woolston

Service Manager: R.Barrat

Milocrat Motors Ltd were based in Winton, Bournemouth. The company went into liquidation in  1975

Millocrat Motors remained a Jensen Motors distributor until the late 1960s, possibly early 1970s. They were no longer distributors for Jensen by 1972 / 73.

Outside of other Jensens, the Company sold three Jensen FF cars

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PHILIP MIST (BIRMINGHAM)LTD

Managing Director Glen Guise-Mist

Founded by Philip Mist. An ‘old school’ family who had an excellent reputation within the motor trade.

When Mist became a Jensen distributor isn’t known (late 1960s ?), and certainly in the earlier 1960s, they were primarily Alfa Romeo distributors. Philip Mist remained a Jensen Motors distributor through to 1976.

Outside of other Jensens, the Company sold 12 Jensen FF cars

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NEWBURY MOTORS LTD

General Manager George Newbury

Managing Director Don Penny (originally from Philip Mist in Birmingham)

Sales Director Paul Newbury

Service Manager Duncan White

The Company were based in Halesowen. They were Jensen distributors from at least 1964. They were no longer Jensen distributors by 1974.

Outside of other Jensens, the Company sold19 Jensen FF cars

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S.H.NEWSCOME & CO LTD 

S.H.Newscome & Co Ltd were motor agents based in Coventry.

Outside of other Jensens, the Company sold one Jensen FF car

Jensen distributors from at least 1972

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NORMAND (BRADFORD) LTD

Managing Director Mr.Ingleby

Jensen Motors Distributors A-Z

Normand Garages showrooms circa 1970s.

The Bradford-based company, also had a headquarters in London. They were no longer Jensen Motors distributors by 1973, possibly earlier (?)

Outside of other Jensens, the Company sold 24 Jensen FF cars

 

 

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NORTH LINKS GARAGE LTD  

North Links Garage were no longer Jensen Motors distributors by the late 1960s /  early 1970s

Outside of other Jensens, the Company sold one Jensen FF cars

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NORTHWOOD MOTORS LTD      

Northwood Motors were no longer Jensen Motors distributors by the early 1970s

Outside of other Jensens, the Company sold one Jensen FF cars

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NORWICH MOTOR CO LTD

Norwich, Norfolk

Directors: J.F & P.H. Olorenshaw

Service Manager: D.Abbott

Jensen distributors from at least 1972

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PENNINE (BRADFORD) LTD

Harrogate, Yorks

General Manager: M.Armistead

Jensen distributors from at least 1973

Jensen Motors Distributors A-Z

Advert from Penine Ltd dating from 1974.

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ROSSLEIGH (EDINBURGH)LTD          

Managing Director Charles Sleigh

Director on the Jensen side of operations, Tom Sleigh, the son of Charles Sleigh

The company was founded in Glasgow in 1890 by Ross and Sleigh, and became a public company in 1898, at which time the two men changed the company name to The New Rossleigh Cycle & Motor Co. In 1907 the company name was changed again to Rossleigh Ltd. By 1914 the company stated they were ‘automobile engineers and agents, with specialities in garages, hiring, repairs. By 1961, the company had various sites in Scotland with 800 employees. During the 1960s, Rossleigh became Jensen distributors.

By the early 1970s, Tom Sleigh opened a new Edinburgh-based Jensen distributors, Jenscot, and apparently left Rossleigh to be run by another family member.  A second Jenscot was opened in Glasgow during 1974. The Glasgow-based Jenscot was managed by Robert Todd.

Although the firm, Rossleigh no longer had a distributorship by 1974. Jenscot took over as distributors, and remained so until 1976. Outside of other Jensens, the Company sold 15 Jensen FF cars

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ROWLEY (BRADFORD) LTD

Bradford, Yorkshire

Managing Director: A.Rowley

General Manager: N.S.Jones

Jensen distributors from at least 1972

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GUY SALMON (SURREY) LTD

Chairman G.F.Salmon

Managing Director Ian Page Radcliff

Service Manager (Teddington) P.Smith

John Boileau was in charge on the Jensen side of operations

Guy Salmon remained a Jensen Motors distributor until at least 1974. Outside of other Jensens, the Company sold ten Jensen FF cars

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R.F.SEWARD LTD

Southampton, Hampshire

General Manager: M.Davis

Service Manager: N.Gale

Jensen distributors from at least 1973

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SWIFT’S GARAGE (LONGTON) LTD

Longton, Stoke-on-Trent

Managing Director: A.J.Swift

Service Manager: L.Morrey

Jensen distributors from at least 1972

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MALCOLM TEMPLETON (BELFAST)LTD  

Malcolm Templeton was the Managing Director of Malcolm Templeton Ltd, based in Belfast. In later life he became the President of the Classic Vehicle Club. He died in January 2002.

Malcolm Templeton were no longer Jensen Motors distributors by the late 1960s /  early 1970s. By 1972 at least, Neville Johnston (Garages) Ltd were the distributors for Northern Ireland. Outside of other Jensens, the Company sold one Jensen FF car

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TORQUAY MOTORS

Scala garage, Torquay

General Manager: D.J.Ashford

Service Manager: N.Pollard

Jensen distributors from 1973

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G.S.TWIGG LTD

Leagrave, Luton, Beds

Managing Director: G.S.Twigg

Service Manager: W.E.Blanchain

Jensen distributors from 1st October 1971

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WEST MALLING MOTORS LTD

West Malling, Kent

Joint Managing Directors: Peter Chilton & J.G.Pelly

Service Manager: G.Beckett

Pelton Motors Ltd were appointed Jensen distributors from early 1971, but later in 1971 purchased West Malling Motors Ltd. They decided to trade under the name West Malling Motors Ltd, rather than Pelton Motors Ltd.

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WHITECROFT GARAGE LTD

Nailsworth, Gloucestershire

Sales Manager: J.R.Ebbon

Service Manager: R.White

Jensen distributors from at least 1972

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Advert from Whitecroft Garage Ltd dating from 1974.

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CYRIL WILLIAMS MOTORS LTD 

Cyril Williams  were no longer Jensen Motors distributors by the late 1960s / early 1970s

Outside of other Jensens, the Company sold three Jensen FF cars

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WILMSLOW GARAGE (CHESHIRE) LTD

Owner Peter Brewer

Sales Manager and then Managing Director Chris Kendall,

Service Manager David Hardy

Peter Brewer drastically overspent and Wilmslow Garage went into receivership during 1972. Jensen Motors, Aston Martin and Lancia were owed a significant amount of money.  Brewer arranged to come to Jensen Motors Ltd to outline the situation. He dropped in by helicopter, explained the situation and then left. The receiver was left to sort out who was paid.

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Chris Kendall hands over the keys and paperwork to new Jensen FF owner, Wilfred Hipkins.

 

Wilmslow Garages | Jensen Distributors

Original Wilmslow Garages road-tax disc holder from a 1968 Jensen Interceptor.

 

Tony Marshall.

Tony Marshall

Chris Kendall, assumed the position of Managing Director under the new owners, Bankbridge Securities. Outside of his position as MD of Wilmslow Garage, Kendall was also Stockport Rugby Club’s representative for Cheshire County Rugby Union.

He was killed in the ill fated DC 10 rugby special returning from the England-France match of 1974, aged just 33.

Kendall was replaced by Tony Marshall (former Sales Manager at Jensen Motors Ltd) during June 1974.

Marshall remained as MD at Wilmslow Garage until late 1975.

Outside of other Jensens, the Company sold 39 Jensen FF cars

Wilmslow Garage remained a Jensen Motors distributor through to 1976

 

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JENSEN MOTORS DISTRIBUTORS | EUROPE & SOUTHERN IRELAND

 

N.V.BEHERMAN-DEMOEN S.A. (BELGIUM)

Head Office in Antwerp, Sales & Service centres in Brussels & Gent.

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CARWAYS LTD (MALTA)

Pieta, Malta

Jensen distributors from at least 1972.

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CORVER S.A. (SPAIN)

Barcelona, Spain

Jensen distributors from at least 1972.

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EVER READY GARAGE LTD  (IRELAND)

Dublin, Eire.

Directors: James Barton and Oswald Barton

Sales Director: Noel Wallace

Jensen Motors Distributors A-Z

Ever-Ready Garage Ltd in Dublin. Photograph taken in 1969, and with a line up of Jesnen cars outside. Second car in is Jensen FF 119/098.

 

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Original Ever-Ready garage sticker to the rear glass of Jensen FF 119/146, a car originally sold by the company. Photograph taken in 2018.

Ever Ready Garage were no longer Jensen Motors distributors by 1974. Outside of other Jensen cars, the Company sold no less than six Jensen FF cars

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HALLMARK CARS (HENRY LINTON) LTD  (JERSEY)

St.Lawrence, Jersey

Managing Director: Henry Linton

Service Director: Richard Linton

Hallmark Cars (Henry Linton) Ltd were Jensen Motors distributors from the late 1960s (?) but were no longer distributors by 1974. Melbourne Garage Ltd had taken over as Jensen Distributors. They were based in St.John, Jersey. Outside of other Jensens, the Hallmark Cars sold six Jensen FF cars

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GHS MOTORS GmbH (GERMANY)

Lokstedter Weg 11, Hamburg

Owner: Gerd  Schaeffer

Jensen Motors Distributors A-Z

Tony Marshall, Sales Manager at Jensen Motors, with Gerd Schaeffer. The photograph was taken at the Nürburgring in 1970.

GHS Motors GmbH was based in Hamburg (Lokstedter Weg 11). The company was owned and run by Gerd Schaeffer. They held the Jensen dealership for Germany. Outside of other Jensen cars, the Company sold one Jensen FF.

GHS remained the Jensen Motors distributor for Germany until 1974, and possibly through to 1976.

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MONTEVERDI AUTOMOBILES SWITZERLAND

Peter Monteverdi had showrooms and workshops in Basle, and managed to acquire the Swiss distribution of Ferrari in 1959. By 1963, a disagreement between Monteverdi and Enzo Ferrari led to the end of that agency. Looking for other distribution   possibilities, Monteverdi gained Jensen in 1963.  However, sales were dismal, and when he became involved in producing his own car, he had no interest in carrying on his distribution of Jensens. Between 1965 and 1969 there was no agency for Jensen in Switzerland. Edgar Schynn would take over the distribution of Jensens in Switzerland during 1969.

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Peter Monteverdi

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Monteverdi’s garage (circa 1960)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PALMA, MORGADO & CA, LDA (PORTUGAL)

Lisbon, Portugal

Jensen distributors from at least 1973.

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SOCIETE FRANCE MOTORS

Neuilly-sur-Seine, France

Owner: Monsieur Charles Ladouch

Charles Ladouch | Society France Motors

Charles Ladouch (with glasses) greets the French premier at the Paris Motor Show. Photograph taken late 1950s / early 1960s

During the 1950s, Societe France Motors were the Paris distributors for Volkswagens, they also imported Chrysler cars. They became Jensen distributors from at least 1967, and continued as Jensen distributors until 1972. J.P Richard S.A. possibly taking over as distributor in 1972.

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J.P.RICHARD S.A. (FRANCE)

Paris, France.

Jensen distributors from at least 1972. They were no longer Jensen distributors by 1974.

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EDGAR SCHWYN (SWITZERLAND)  

Jensen Motors distributor Edgar Schwyn.

Edgar Schwyn.

Edgar Schwyn had taken on the Jensen dealership in Switzerland after meeting with Tony Marshall and Carl Duerr at the March 1969 Geneva Motor Show. Before then Peter Monteverdi had held the Swiss Jensen distributorship from 1963, but sales had been dismal, and when he became involved in producing his own car, he had no interest in carrying on his distrubtion of Jensens.

Schynn’s company was based in Zurich. Schwyn also had an agent in Geneva, Frankie Zanoletti. As well as Jensen, Schynn also was the Swiss distrubtor for Lotus, and he also had various automobile accessory franchises, such as Abarth Accessories. Outside of other Jensens, the Company sold three Jensen FF cars

 

Edgar Schwyn | Jensen Museum

Schwyn’s Zurich-based showrooms, photographed in the 1970s.

Schwyn remained the Jensen Motors distributor for Switzerland until 1976. He died in 2014.

 

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REGINALD CARS SA (GENEVA)

Jensen dealership 1970s (precise dates not known)

Jensen Motors Distributors A-Z

Reginald Cars Geneva showroom, photographed circa 1973.

According to Tony Marshall, former Sales Manager at Jensen Motors, Reginald Cars SA were classed as a dealership, not a distributor. Therefore they operated under Edgar Schwyn, the Jensen Motors distributor for Switzerland. Marshall states, ” Reginald Cars SA was a very short lived operation, folding within a year, I think, due to the young lad [owning the Company] having more money than sense.” The Company is stated in The Jensen-Healey Stories as being a distributor, but Marshall states that was an error that wasn’t picked up at the proofing stage. The large and prestigious showrooms of Reginald Cars SA certainly gave an impression of being a distributor.

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N.V.SMELT (NETHERLANDS)

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Jensen distributors from at least 1972 through to 1976.

Managing Director: Hubertus Smelt.

Jensen Motors Distributors A-Z

Hubertus Smelt photographed to the centre, standing in front of his showrooms.

 

Jensen Motors Distributors A-Z

An advertisement for the Dutch Jensen distributors, N.V.Smelt.

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F.M.TARBUK & CO (AUSTRIA)

Vienna, Austria

This company were Jensen distributors from at least 1972.

 

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AB WENDELS BIL & MOTOR (SWEDEN)

Malmo, Sweden

Managing Director: Henning Wendel

Director: Lars Wendel

Jensen distributors 1974 – 1976 (?)

 

Henning Wendel founded the company in 1962, specialising in sports/luxury cars. They sold cars from makers like Morgan, Lotus, Aston Martin, Maserati and Ferrari, as well as Jensen

It is believed the first Jensen purchased into stock by Wendel took place in 1974, and was a Jensen-Healey. The car was registered by AB Wendels Bil & Motor  in April 1974 and was probably used as a demonstration car. The car was loaned to the Swedish technical magazine, Teknikens Värld, and a feature appeared in the June 1974 edition.

Jensen Motors Distributors A-Z

Service book from Jensen Motors signed by the selling distributor, in this case, AB Wendels Bil & Motor. This is the service book for Jensen Healey chassis number 15036.

 

Jensen Motors Distributors A-Z

The tangerine Jensen-Healey ( chassis number 15036) loaned by AB Wendels to the Swedish technical magazine, Teknikens Värld. The completed feature appeared in the June 1974 edition. This car survives (2018) and is owned by the chairman of the Danish Jensen Club, Niels-Erik Mannische.

 

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CANARY ISLANDS

 

HERNANDEZ – HERMANOS

Tenerife

Jensen distributors from 1974

 

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JENSEN MOTORS DISTRIBUTORS | AFRICA

INTER-CONTINENTAL MOTORS PTY LTD

Johannesburg, South Africa

Jensen distributors from at least 1972

 

JENSEN MOTORS DISTRIBUTORS | MIDDLE EAST

GREECE & CYPRUS

MICHAIL A.KARAGEORGIS S.A.

Piraeus, Greece

Jensen distributors from at least 1972

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CYPRUS

ELAN ENTERPRISES LTD

Farmagusta

Jensen distributors from 1974

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LEBANON

INTERCREDIT S.A.L.

Beriut, Lebanon

Jensen distributors from at least 1972

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A A ZAYANI & SONS

Arabian Gulf

Jensen distributors from 1974

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JENSEN MOTORS DISTRIBUTORS | FAR EAST

 

HONG KONG

NATHALIA INVESTMENT CO

Clear water Bay Road

Jensen distributors from at least 1972. By 1974, Nathalia Investment Co was designated as the importers, and THE HONG KONG GARAGE, as the distributor

Jensen Motors Distributors A-Z

Kevin Beattie, Managing Director of Jensen Motors, photographed during a tour of distributors in 1974. He is photographed in showrooms of Hong Kong Garage. Mr M.K.Kwok (left) General Manager, and Me E.J.McGannon, Managing Director (right).

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CORNES & CO

Tokyo, Japan

Owner: Mike Knott (?)

Jensen distributors from at least 1972

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JENSEN MOTORS DISTRIBUTORS | AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND

JENSEN MOTORS LTD (NEW ZEALAND)

Auckland, New Zealand.

Owner: Stuart MacDonald

Managing Director: Ross Jensen

Jensen distributors from at least 1972

Jensen Motors Distributors A-Z

Richard Graves, Marketing Director at Jensen Motors with Jensen Motors, New Zealand, owner, Stuart MacDonald. They stand in front of the showroom in Auckland. Photograph taken in 1972.

According to Tony Marshall, former Sales Manager at Jensen Motors, Jensen Motors NZ had represented Jensen Motors GB since 1955.

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TAYLORSPEED WHOLESALE PTY LTD  (AUSTRALIA)

Taylorspeed, Adelaide, Australia

Taylorspeed Wholesale PTY LTD held the main Jensen dealership in Australia from 1969. Taylorspeed both imported and distributed Jensen cars.

Jensen Distributors A-Z

Peter Taylor (light coloured suit), of Taylorspeed Wholesale Pty.Ltd, together with Richard Graves, Alfred Vickers and Tony Marshall, at the Jensen factory in September 1971. Taylor dropped into Jensen Motors to see around the factory and to discuss marketing in Australia.

 

Taylorspeed were appointed to handle sales in Australia in 1969. Owned by John Taylor and run by him and his two sons, John and Peter. It was Peter Taylor who managed to convince Jensen Motors  to agree to give them a chance. He was responsible for the franchise. Taylorspeed were already BMC agents and may have handled Jaguar.

Initially they did well, despite Jensen Motors’ reservations about their being in South Australia instead of Sydney. However, after the collapse of the Australian stock market at the beginning of the 1970s, sales were hit hard and they took time to recover.

Taylorspeed remained the Jensen Motors distributor for Australia until 1974, when Jensen Motors had to force them into liquidation due to none payment of cars they had sold.

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JENSEN MOTORS DISTRIBUTORS | AMERICA & CANADA

 

 

JENSEN MOTORS INC (USA)

San Francisco, California

President: Kjell Qvale

Kjell Qvale | Jensen Museum

Jensen Motors Inc showrooms on Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco. The building was the headquarters of Kjell Qvale.

 

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JENSEN / HEALEY MOTORS EASTERN DISTRIBUTORS INC (USA)

Philadelphia, USA.

Jensen distributors from at least 1972 and finished by 1974. JENSEN MOTORS INC (EAST), based in Baltimore had taken over.

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CLASSIC & THOROUGHBRED MOTORS LTD (CANADA)

North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Jensen Motors Distributors A-Z

Classic & Thoroughbred Cars photographed in February 1974 from the highway. The showroom can be seen to the right of the image with the Jensen sign taking pride of place. The Company were also Peugeot and Saab dealers.

D. Blair Hamilton was the owner of Classic and Thoroughbred Motor Cars in Vancouver, BC, during the 1960s-1970s. He was Scottish and trained in ship building. It is thought Hamilton became a Jensen distributor at some point in the early 1970s. The Company were definately Jensen distributors by 1973

 

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MARKS MOTOR COMPANY 

AGANA, GUAM

USA

Jensen distributors from 1974

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S.C.U.DISTRIBUTORS LTD (CANADA)

Ontario, Canada

Jensen distributors from at least 1972

 

Jensen Motors Distributors A-Z

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: Martin Colvill, Bell & Colvill | Andrew Edwards, former MD Cropredy Bridge Garage | Han Kamp, Jensen historian |Tony Marshall, former MD Wilmslow Motors | Niels-Erik Mannische | Adrian Miller, Bell & Colvill | Jeff Murry

COPYRIGHTS: All images and text copyright of The Jensen Museum

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