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History and Heritage

History and Heritage
  • 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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

  • 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 […]

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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 […]

  • 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 […]