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History and Heritage

History and Heritage
  • LIFE & TIMES OF A JENSEN EMPLOYEE

    Jensen Motors Works Manager | Life & Times

    Jensen Motors Works Manager | Life & Times Of Bill Silvester

    After the end of the Second World War, ex-Sergeant, Bill Silvester, started work at Jensen Motors as Works Foreman. It wasn’t until 1973 that Silvester was formally appointed as Works Manager, even although he had occupied that position since at least 1962. The job of both Works Foreman, and Works Manager was no easy-ride, but […]

  • 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, […]

  • LIFE & TIMES JENSEN EMPLOYEE

    Jensen Motors' Baseball Legend

    Jensen Motors’ Baseball Legend

    William ‘Bill’ Casey joined Jensen Motors in 1969 as a finisher on sub-assembly. Outside of work, Casey’s obsession was with American baseball. He practised fanatically, and was already a major player in Britain’s post-war fledgling baseball league, by the time he joined Jensen Motors. With the help of his wife, the Museum has pieced together […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • HISTORY FEATURE

    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 […]

  • HISTORY FEATURE

    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 […]

  • HISTORY FEATURE

    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 […]

  • HISTORY FEATURE

    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 […]

  • HISTORY FEATURE

    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 […]