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Item description: Jensen CV8 Parts Catalogue. This example a 1972 printing by Jensen Motors. Publication number 550. Black impressed card covers with white printing. Metal hole binding type.


Condition report: Excellent overall condition. Clean.


Notes: The Jensen C-V8 is a four-seater GT car produced by Jensen Motors between 1962 and 1966. Launched in October 1962, the C-V8 series had fibreglass bodywork with aluminium door skins, as did the preceding 541 series.

All C-V8s used big-block engines sourced from Chrysler; first the 361 and then, from 1964, the 330 bhp (246 kW) 383 in. Most of the cars had three-speed Chrysler Torqueflite automatic transmission, but seven MK2 C-V8s were produced with the 6-litre engine and four-speed manual gearbox , followed by two manual MK3s. While the great majority of C-V8s were made in right-hand drive (RHD), ten were made in left-hand drive (LHD).

The car was one of the fastest production four-seaters of its era. The Mk II, capable of 136 mph (219 km/h), ran a quarter mile (~400 m) in 14.6 seconds, and accelerated from 0–60 mph (97 km/h) in 6.7 seconds.[2]


Provenance: From Andrew Edwards, former owner Cropredy Bridge Garage 1972 – 1995.


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