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History and Heritage

History and Heritage
  • HISTORY FEATURE

    Geneva Motor Show 1967 | Jensen Interceptor 117/2501

    Geneva Motor Show 1967 | Jensen Interceptor 117/2501

      As soon as Carl Dusio signed the Agreement between Sincar and Jensen Motors in January 1967, he ordered a left-hand-drive Interceptor. But, he needed the car as a matter of urgency, since the hot-headed Italian had also booked a stand for Sincar at the Geneva Motor Show of March 1967. The Museum looks at […]

  • LIFE & TIMES OF A JENSEN EMPLOYEE

    Jensen's Chief Production Engineer | Life & Times Of Stan Sharman

    Jensen’s Chief Production Engineer | Life & Times Of Stan Sharman

      West Bromwich born, Stan Sharman, was de-mobbed from the RAF just after World War II, and along with the multitude of military personnel being de-mobbed, he needed to find employment, and quickly. Initially finding employment with the West Bromwich-based Ford dealers, Frank Guest, he quickly moved to Jensen Motors – doubling his wages in […]

  • HISTORY FEATURE

    Jensen's Austrian Press Launch 1969 | Marshall's Memories

    Jensen’s Austrian Press Launch 1969 | Marshall’s Memories

    When the Museum acquired a group of press photos showing two left-hand-drive Interceptors, we wanted to find out more. Amongst various people photographed around the cars, one was none other than the former Jensen Motors Sales Manager, Tony Marshall. A telephone call later, brought the story behind the photographs to life. Marshall’s ‘razor-sharp’ memories of […]

  • HISTORY FEATURE

    1965 Earl’s Court Motor Show | Jensen Brochures & Photography

    Amidst a backdrop of boardroom chaos, the 1965 Earl’s Court Motor Show was just over a couple of months away. This was an important motor show for Jensen Motors, it would be the official launch of the ground-breaking four-wheel-drive Jensen FF. Then there was the launch of Eric Neale’s (less than ground breaking) ‘vision of […]

  • RECOLLECTIONS

    Austin Healey Track | Kendrick’s Recollections

    Clive Kendrick joined Jensen Motors in 1963 as an apprentice, and after spending time in various departments, including the trim shop, he was placed with a sub-assembly ‘gang’ on the Austin Healey track. Kendrick gives the Museum his recollections of the various procedures, and ‘gangs’ that led an Austin Healey to become a completed shell […]

  • HISTORY FEATURE

    Austin Healey - Jensen Motors Contract

    Austin Healey – Jensen Motors Contract

    Of all the contract work undertaken by Jensen Motors, it was the alliance with Austin that stands out in terms of the duration of the multiple Austin  contracts, and the sheer quantities of completed bodies that were rolling out of the Jensen factory. It is no exaggeration to say that Jensen Motors might have ceased […]

  • Museum A-Z Lexicon

    Jensen Motors Employees A - Z

    Jensen Motors Personnel A-Z

    Who were the Jensen Motors employees, involved in producing the must have cars of the time. From the colourful Carl Duerr, to Richard Graves, gentleman personified. It was a dedicated workforce from shop floor to managing directors office, and everyone loved the product they were producing. Not that this was an easy ride, as service […]

  • HISTORY FEATURE

    Sincar Interceptor Number '1'

    Sincar Interceptor Number ‘1’ | Jensen Chassis 117/2582

    The Sincar Interceptor operation was set up by Carlo Dusio, after a successful licensing  agreement between Sincar and Jensen. This led to Jensen sending motorised chassis to Vignale. They in turn would build them for sale by Sincar in Europe. The agreement was for an initial 50 motorised chassis to be supplied direct to Vignale […]

  • HISTORY FEATURE

    Jensen SP | The Inside Story

      The  new Jensen SP, with its Six-Pack carburettor system, was launched to market in 1971, as the Company’s new flagship car. The car was plagued with carburation problems from the outset, leaving many loyal Jensen owners frustrated and disenchanted. With help from various former employees, the Museum looks at the inside story of the […]

  • HISTORY FEATURE

    Jensen Interceptor | 1969 Geneva Motor Show Press Car

    Jensen Interceptor | 1969 Geneva Motor Show Press Car

    Jensen Interceptor, chassis number 117/3139, was built as a left-hand-drive demonstration vehicle, and was the first Jensen painted in tangerine. The car had a rather outrageous specification of tangerine paint, with a mocha coloured leather interior.  With the help of the car’s current custodian, Jan Isnenghi, and former Jensen Motors Sales Manager, Tony Marshall,  the […]

  • HISTORY FEATURE

    Jensen SP | 1972 Geneva Motor Show Car

    Jensen SP | 1972 Geneva Motor Show Car

    Jensen SP 132/5577 was one of only thirteen left-hand-drive SP cars to be built. This stunning flag red Jensen SP was destined for the Jensen stand at the 1972 Geneva Motor Show. The Museum looks at the history that is presently known of this car, and hopes that further information might become available.   Jensen […]

  • MUSEUM FEATURE

    Sincar Jensen Interceptor 115/2605 | A long Sleep

    Sincar Jensen Interceptor 117/2605 | A long Sleep

    In early 2020, the Museum was contacted by Jean-Louis Van Marcke, he had inherited his father’s Sincar Interceptor. A car that his father had stored away from 1973, until awoken from its slumbers in 2010. This is the story of the Vignale-built Sincar Interceptor, chassis number 117/2605.   Sincar Jensen Interceptor 115/2605 | A long […]

  • FAMOUS JENSEN OWNERS

    John Bonham & His Beloved Jensens

    John Bonham & His Beloved Jensens

    Back in 1976, Jensen Parts & Service was formed, with former Jensen Motors manager, Ron Freckleton, being brought in to run the Company. Incredibly, this small new company managed to court the interest of celebrities, just as Jensen Motors had done over its time as a car manufacturer. One such celebrity was Led Zeppelin’s drummer, […]

  • FAMOUS JENSEN OWNERS

    Ginger Baker's Wild Jensen Days

    Ginger Baker’s Wild Jensen Days

    Ginger Baker died in October 2019, at the ripe old age of 80. No one thought the wild-man of Rock would live that long – including Baker himself. We all know the expression ‘Sex, Drugs & Rock & Roll’, but one could counter this in Baker’s case, as ‘Jensens, Drugs & Rock & Roll’. With […]

  • THEN & NOW FEATURE

    Jensen FF Press Car 119/117 | Then & Now

    Jensen FF Press Car 119/117 | Then & Now

    Jensen FF, chassis 119/117, was acquired for the Museum collection in 2007. This famous Jensen FF press car had languished in a garage since the 1970s, and had never been restored. As such it is one of the most original Jensen FF cars surviving today. Now fifty years old, the Museum has assembled a photographic […]