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History and Heritage

History and Heritage
  • FAMOUS OWNERS

    Kastner's Jensen FF | Chassis Number 119/051

    Jensen FF | Film Producer’s Choice

    Jensen FF, chassis 119/051, was purchased new by the film producer, Elliott Kastner, famous for producing films such as, Where Eagles Dare (1968), The Long Goodbye (1973), Russian Roulette (1975), and The Missouri Breaks (1976). Kastner kept his Jensen FF until 2004, at which time it was acquired directly from him by the Museum. The […]

  • MUSEUM CARS

    Jimi Hendrix Jensen | Jensen FF 119/195

    Jimi Hendrix Jensen | Jensen FF 119/195

    Known as the Hendrix Jensen at Jensen Motors, the last Jensen FF MK.I made [chassis number 119/195], had actually been purchased by Mitch Mitchell, the drummer for ‘The Hendrix Experience’. That said, Hendrix’s girlfriend, Kathy Etchington, remembered how Hendrix would drive the FF when ever he was given the chance. The Museum has managed to […]

  • MUSEUM CARS

    Jensen FF Chassis 119/117 | Press Car

    Jensen FF Chassis 119/117 | Press Car

    Jensen FF, chassis 119/117, was acquired for the Museum collection in 2007. The Jensen FF was used as a main Press Car for Jensen Motors, and was famously abused by motoring journalist, Harold Dvoretsky. With Dvoretsky in the driving seat, 119/117 was given a punishingly hard 2,500 mile jaunt around Europe and back to the […]

  • FACTORY RECOLLECTIONS

    Jensen Motors Paint Shop Operator | Recollections

    Jensen Motors Paint Shop Operator | Recollections

    An impromptu telephone call from Peter Stait’s brother, Tony, in 1972, led him to join Jensen Motors as a Paint Operator. Tony Stait had been employed at Jensen Motors as a paint sprayer since the late 1960s. He had often mentioned to his brother, Peter, that he should apply for a job there. With large […]

  • ITALIAN RECOLLECTIONS

    Recollections Of The Sincar Operation | Mike Jones

    Recollections Of The Sincar Operation | Mike Jones

    Former Chief Engineer at Jensen Motors, Mike Jones,  discusses with Museum curator, Ulric Woodhams, the hitherto unrecorded month that he spent at Vignale in 1967.  Jones was sent out to Vignale, to help sort out engineering and quality issues on the Sincar operation. Some 30 odd Sincar Interceptors left the Vignale factory bearing both Vignale […]

  • DAY IN THE LIFE SERIES

    Jensen Motors Assembly Line Finisher | Day In The Life

    Jensen Motors Assembly Line Finisher | Day In The Life

    Clive Kendrick joined Jensen Motors as an apprentice in 1963. After working in various sections of Jensen Motors, and gaining his City & Guilds, Kendrick chose to become an Assembly Line Finisher. He initially worked on the Austin-Healey 3000 track, and then when that finished, moved to the Interceptor track. Kendrick remained at Jensen Motors […]

  • IMPORTANT JENSEN CARS

    Jensen P66 | Jensen's Forgotten Interceptor

    Jensen P66 | Jensen’s Forgotten Interceptor

    The sole surviving Jensen P66 Coupe, remains a left over dinosaur from Jensen’s pre-Italian heritage. Both the Coupe, and earlier Convertible P66 prototypes, are reminders of volatile times. It was the time when the Jensen boardroom remained divided, over the issue of Italian styling for their cars. The Museum takes up the incredible story of […]

  • JENSEN FACTORY SERIES

    Jensen Motors | Kelvin Way Factory

    Jensen Motors | Kelvin Way Factory

    Jensen Motors’ Kelvin Way factory is one 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 […]

  • IMPORTANT JENSEN CARS

    Jensen Number 1 | The White Lady

    Jensen Number 1 | The White Lady

    Jensen Motors car number ‘1’ is how John Page (Service Manager at Jensen Parts & Service) referred to the so-called White Lady, when contacted by the car’s owner in the late 1970s. It is generally accepted that the Jensen brothers named their prototype the White Lady, and that name has certainly stuck over the decades […]

  • 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), […]

  • 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 unglamorous 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 […]