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Albert S. Bite 6:52pm, 26 August 2010
The Jensen brothers started out as coachbuilders in West Bromwich, producing bodies on, amongst others, Standard chassis before branching out and producing their own cars from 1935 onwards.

JENSEN PW (1946-1952)

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JENSEN PW. (image by jentune)


Description: Jensen's first post-war (hence the PW name) was a beautiful Sports saloon ( with a couple of drophead coupés) built with, originally a Meadows 3860cc straight-eight but later powered by the Austin A135 Sheerline 3993cc 6-cylinder engine. A few early cars were re-engined with Nash engines, but most of these in turn were later also fitted with the Austin unit.
Specifications:
Body styles:
Production:18
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Albert S. Bite Posted 8 years ago. Edited by Albert S. Bite (admin) 8 years ago
JENSEN INTERCEPTOR (1950-1957)

Jensen Interceptor 4 litre 1954
1954 JENSEN INTERCEPTOR. (image by ©Andrew)

Description:The first generation Jensen Interceptor was produced from 1950 to 1957 and featured a light alloy body over an Ash frame. Originally only available in convertible form until 1952 when joined by the 2-door saloon (coupe), and overdrive was made standard at the same time. Pre-'52s have hydro-mechanical brakes, while rear suspension was semi-elliptics. Powered by Austin's 4-litre straight six engine.
Looks like a scaled up Austin A40 Sports (which Jensen also built).
Specifications: 3993 cc in-line 6 cylinder engine.
Body styles: Convertible, 2-door Saloon, Sedanca.
Production: 88 total. 32 convertibles, 52 saloons and 4 sedancas
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Albert S. Bite Posted 8 years ago. Edited by Albert S. Bite (admin) 8 years ago
JENSEN 541 Series (1953-63)

JENSEN 541 and 541 De-luxe (1953-59).

Jensen 541 (1956)
1956 JENSEN 541 (image by Albert S. Bite)

Description: Jensen 541 and 541 De-luxe (1953-59). The Jensen 541 was first exhibited at the London Motor Show in October 1953. The prototype was built with aluminium bodywork but production 541s were built in glassfibre with aluminium doors. It was powered by the 4 litre Austin engine used in the earlier Interceptor, but with triple carbs.The 541 was capable of a top speed of 115mph. Servo-assisted drums were fitted up until 1956 when the 541 De-luxe was introduced. The De-luxe was the first British car to be fitted with disc brakes to all four wheels.
Specifications: 3993cc straight-six engine
Body styles: 2-door 4 seat coupé
Production: 541 and De-luxe: 226. 173 standard and 52 De-luxe.
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Albert S. Bite Posted 8 years ago. Edited by Albert S. Bite (admin) 8 years ago
JENSEN 541-R (1957-60).

Jensen 541
JENSEN 541R (image by Auto100a)

Description: Jensen 541-R (1957-60). The 541-R featured rack and pinion steering instead of the earlier 541 cam-and-roller system and also had Armstrong piston dampers When introduced the 541-R was one of the worlds fastest production cars, with a top speed of @125 mph and a 0-100mph in just over 30secs. Both the 541 and 541-R featured a swivelling front flap. The 541 has a square rear numberplate whilst the 541-Rs is oblong. There was some additional chrome trim along the body sides.
Specifications: 3993cc straight-six engine
Body styles: 2-door 4 seat coupé
Production: 193
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Albert S. Bite Posted 8 years ago. Edited by Albert S. Bite (admin) 8 years ago
JENSEN 541-S (1960-63).

Jensen 541S
JENSEN 541S (image by philipj simspon)

Description: Jensen 541-S (1960-63). The 541-S was introduced at the Earls Court October 1960 and was in production until 1963. It came with limited slip diff, seat belts, heated rear window, electric cooling fan all as standard fittings. It was 4" wider and had more headroom than the previous model. It reverted to a more traditional grille and came as standard with a Rolls-Royce-built GM Hydramatic gearbox, although 20 manual box cars were built.
Specifications: 3993cc straight-six engine
Body styles: 2-door 4 seat coupé
Production: 127
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Albert S. Bite Posted 8 years ago. Edited by Albert S. Bite (admin) 8 years ago
JENSEN C-V8 Mks I, II and III (1962-1966)

JENSEN CV8 MkI (1962-63).

Jensen CV8 Mk I
JENSEN CV8 Mk I (image by Ed Callow [ torquespeak ]

Description: Jensen CV8 MkI (1962-63). The CV8 Mark I shared the fibreglass body of the 541-S but with a new chassis and controversial front end styling. It should be noted that the slanted headlamp clusters were originally designed to have perspex covers fitted but these were deleted late in the design process.
Powered by a Chrysler V8 big-block 361ci (5916cc) producing 305 bhp , and column-mounted Torque-Flite auto, plus a small number of manuals. Top speed up to 140mph, and came with Power-Lok diff, reclining front seats and in-car radio. No power steering on any CV8s.
Specifications: 5916cc
Body styles: 2-door 4 seater coupé , fibreglass bodywork
Production: 69
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Albert S. Bite Posted 8 years ago. Edited by Albert S. Bite (admin) 8 years ago
JENSEN CV8 MkII (1963-65).

1964 Jensen C-V8 Mk II
1964 JENSEN C-V8 Mk II (image by Albert S. Bite)

Description: Jensen CV8 MkII (1963-65). The MkII was introduced just a year later with Selectaride adjustable rear dampers as standard and some minor styling changes. The small sidelights were removed from the top of the front wings and now incorporated into the indicators and the "door handle" on the front of the bonnet was replaced by a concealed handle under a lockable cover.
A bigger change was to come in '64 with the introduction of the 6276cc (383ci) engine which produced a healthy 330bhp. This unit was used in all Jensens until 1972.
Specifications: 5916cc / 6276cc.
Body styles: 2-door 4 seater coupé , fibreglass bodywork
Production: 250
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Albert S. Bite Posted 8 years ago. Edited by Albert S. Bite (admin) 8 years ago
JENSEN CV8 MkIII (1965-66).

Jensen CV8
1966 JENSEN CV8 Mk III (image by exfordy )

Description: Jensen CV8 MkIII (1965-66). The Dunlop four-wheel disc-brakes now had a dual-circuit braking system. Styling-wise, the front of the car had a makeover with equal-sized headlights, no chrome surround to the headlight pods, separate side light and indicator units, lower scuttle and deeper windscreen, new more rounded bumpers with overriders. Inside there was better ventilation and a walnut veneer dash.
Specifications: 6276cc.
Body styles: 2-door 4 seater coupé , fibreglass bodywork
Production: 181
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Albert S. Bite Posted 8 years ago. Edited by Albert S. Bite (admin) 8 years ago
JENSEN INTERCEPTOR I, II, III SP (1966-76)

JENSEN INTERCEPTOR I. (1966-70)

1968 Jensen Interceptor
1968 JENSEN INTERCEPTOR I (image by Albert S. Bite)

Description: Jensen Interceptor I (1966-70) Mention the name Jensen to anybody and this is the car they think of.. the big...beautiful Interceptor! Jensens in-house design, the P66 was overlooked in favour of Italian styling. Carrozzeria Touring came up with the modern steel bodied design, but Vignale refined it and were awarded the contract to build the first bodyshells. In 1967, due to quality issues, all production was in West Bromwich. The Interceptor featured the Chrysler V8 6276cc (383ci) engine used in the MK III C-V8 and most had Torqueflite auto box. Just 24 MkIs were built with a manual gearbox. Servo discs all round and Powr-Lok limited-slip diff. Early cars had crossply tyres on 5" Rostyles wheels but radials on 6" rims from 1969. Power steering was also standard from 1969. Spot a early Vignale-built car by the lack of the vent on the C-pillar. MkIs had indicators/side lights above the bumper and rounded overriders. Launched at the same 1966 show was the Interceptor based Jensen FF which is covered below.
Specifications: 6276cc
Body styles:
Production: 1024
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Albert S. Bite Posted 8 years ago. Edited by Albert S. Bite (admin) 8 years ago
JENSEN INTERCEPTOR II (1969-71).

1970 Jensen Interceptor II
1970 JENSEN INTERCEPTOR II (image by Albert S. Bite)

Description: Jensen Interceptor II (1969-71). The Mk I unwent many minor detail changes during it's production run but in 1969 the Mk II version was unveiled. Mechanically very similiar to the Mk I, but the interior was completely redesigned with new seats, dash and centre console. Rocker switches replaced the original toggle items. Air-con was now an option. Externally the front-end had a makeover, the bumpers were raised 2" with indicators underneath, the headlight surrounds black instead of body colour and no chrome headlight bezels.
Specifications: 6276cc
Body styles:
Production: 1128
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Albert S. Bite Posted 8 years ago. Edited by Albert S. Bite (admin) 8 years ago
JENSEN INTERCEPTOR III (1971-76).

1973 Jensen Interceptor III
1973 JENSEN INTERCEPTOR III (image by Napoleon on Elba)

Jensen Interceptor
JENSEN INTERCEPTOR III (image by robsw18)

Description: Jensen Interceptor III (1971-76). The Interceptor III made its debut at the 1971 Earls Court Show, alongside the SP and FF III. It had the same styling detail changes as the SP over the MK II including the GKN alloys, revised rear seats and vented discs, revised front numberplate. The 6276cc was used until 1973 when the J-Series was introduced with a version of the 7.2L engine, with single four-choke carb and 330bhp.
Specifications: 6276cc/ 7212cc
Body styles:
Production:
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Albert S. Bite Posted 8 years ago. Edited by Albert S. Bite (admin) 8 years ago
JENSEN INTERCEPTOR SP (1971-73).

Jensen Interceptor SP (1973)
JENSEN INTERCEPTOR SP (image by Albert S. Bite)

Description: Jensen Interceptor SP (1971-73). The demise of the FF saw the SP ("Six-Pack") become the flagship of the Jensen range with all the optional extras added. The most powerful car ever built by Jensen, with a highly tuned 7212cc (440ci) engine with triple twin-choke carbs developing 385bhp, it could achieve 0-60 mph in 6.9 seconds and top 140 mph. GKN 6½ x 15” five spoke alloy wheels, vinyl roof , louvred bonnet ( some standard cars also with a louvred bonnet but the SP louvres are almost the full length of the bonnet), blue bonnet and wheel badges as used on FF (standard cars had red badges). Front numberplate mounted below the bumper. Front side indicators incorporated into the side vents. 232 SPs were built.
Specifications: 7212cc
Body styles:
Production: 232
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Albert S. Bite Posted 8 years ago. Edited by Albert S. Bite (admin) 8 years ago
JENSEN INTERCEPTOR CONVERTIBLE & COUPE. (1974-76)

1976 Jensen Interceptor Convertible
1976 JENSEN INTERCEPTOR III Convertible (image by Dmentd)

Jensen Interceptor Coupe
1976 JENSEN INTERCEPTOR III Coupé (image by Solbergfoss)

Description: 509 Interceptor III convertibles were produced between 1974-76. Coupé version first shown in 1975, by which time the company was already in receivership. Between 54-60 built. Panther designed and built the roof which used a Jaguar XJ6 rear screen. The Coupé badge on the rear flank originated from the Marina. Rarer still is the prototype fixed head "Hard-top" model, which also featured the XJ6 rear screen but with the rear quarter windows of the standard Interceptor. Just three of these were built.
Specifications: 7212cc
Body styles: 2-door convertible, 2-door hardtop coupé.
Production: 509 - Convertible. @54-60 Coupé.
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Albert S. Bite Posted 8 years ago. Edited by Albert S. Bite (admin) 8 years ago
JENSEN FF I, II and III (1966-71)

Jensen FF I 119/007
JENSEN FF MKI (image by Nigel Honey)

Jensen FF MKII (1970)
1970 JENSEN FF MKII (image by Albert S. Bite)

Description: The Jensen FF (for Ferguson Formula) was the world’s first road-only car with permanent four-wheel-drive and also the first with Dunlop-Maxaret anti-lock disc brakes. The prototype FF was actually a CV8 first shown in 1965. The more familiar FF was launched in 1966 alongside the new Interceptor. The four-wheel drive system was developed by Harry Ferguson (of the tractor fame). The system split the torque between the front and rear wheels to a ratio of 67 per cent to the rear, 37 per cent to the front. Powered by the 330 bhp Chrysler 383ci (6276cc) V8 engine mated to a Torqueflite 3 speed automatic gearbox. Front suspension unique to the FF.
The FF is sometimes confused with the simliar 2wd Interceptor and is indeed visually the same from the A pillar backwards, but is of course very different mechanically with a different chassis and a 4" longer wheelbase. All this extra length being from the A pillar forwards. Inside there was a larger transmission tunnel. Most obvious difference is the twin front wing cooling vents but a closer look reveals many others, the front wings have a concave moulding on the top/front edge, the bonnet has a bulge, grille vanes not tapered at the edges, bonnet and wheel badges are blue (standard car has red badges). Early examples had a brushed stainless steel roof panel. JFF badge on grille.
The FF I, II and III received specification updates that mirrored those of the Interceptor models. It was the flagship model of the Jensen range, with a pricetag of roughly 30% more than the Interceptor. Sales were further limited by the fact that due to a design problem it could only be built in RHD, thus excluding markets like the USA.
Specifications: 6276cc (383ci) Chrysler V8.
Body styles: 2-door 4 seater coupé
Production: Total 320.
Mk I - 195 (1966–1969)
Mk II - 110 (1969–1971)
Mk III - 15 (1971)

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David ... 8 years ago
I had a school friend whose dad drove a Dark Brown FF, the car was amazing and the huge back window jaw dropping gorgeous in the 1960s

thanks for the info
hushed humor [deleted] 8 years ago
My mother had a metallic silver Jensen Interceptor.. I believe it had a 383 engine but the car was definitely automatic. She always liked weird and unusual cars, her next car was a 1973 Volvo 1800ES.
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dave_7 8 years ago
Very nice. Jensen is one of my favorite marques.
jens.lilienthal 8 years ago
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Jensen Interceptor III Coupé
Jensen Interceptor III Coupé
Jensen Interceptor III Coupé
CARLOS62 Posted 8 years ago. Edited by CARLOS62 (member) 8 years ago
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