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About Jensen

Jensen Motors, Ltd was a British manufacturer of sports cars and commercial vehicles, based in West Bromwich (in the West Midlands west of Birmingham).

Foundation

Jensen began as a small coachbuilding firm run by brothers Richard and Alan Jensen; they bought out the body works of W.J. Smiths & Sons where they worked after the owner's death and renamed it Jensen Motors in 1934. They built exclusive customised bodies for standard cars produced by several manufacturers of the day including Morris, Singer, Standard, and Wolseley. In 1934 they were commissioned by American film actor Clark Gable to design and build a car for him based on a Ford V-8 chassis. The resultant car won them much acclaim and stimulated huge interest in their work including a deal with Ford to produce a run of Jensen-Fords with Jensen bodywork on a Ford chassis. In 1934 they also started to design their first true production car under the name White Lady. This evolved into the Jensen S-type which went into production in 1935.

Commercial vehicles

In the late 1930s Jensen diversified into the production of commercial vehicles under the marque JNSN, including the manufacture of a series of innovotive lightweight trucks, built with aluminium alloys, for the Reynolds Tube Company and the prototype for the articulated Jen-Tug which went into production in the late 1940s.

During World War II Jensen concentrated on the war effort and produced components for military vehicles including the turrets for tanks, and on the production of specialised ambulances and fire-engines.

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2-door
2-seat
V8 32v 4.6L DOHC M-5
242.4 kW / 325.1 hp / 325.1 hp  407.0 N·m / 300.2 lb·ft / 300.2 lb·ft
   

Jensen CV8 (1998)

2-door 2-seater drophead coupé (convertible coupé), petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 32-valve V engine, DOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam), 4601 cm3 / 280.8 cu in / 280.8 cu in, 242.4 kW / 325.1 hp / 325.1 hp @ 5800 rpm / 5800 rpm / 5800 rpm, 407.0 N·m / 300.2 lb·ft / 300.2 lb·ft @ 4800 rpm / 4800 rpm / 4800 rpm, manual 5-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 249 km/h / 155 mph / 155 mph top speed

  
4-seat
S8   5.9L         
              
   

Jensen CV8 (1962)

4-seater, petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder straight (inline) engine, 5914 cm3 / 360.9 cu in / 360.9 cu in

2-door
4-seat
S8   5.9L         
              
   

Jensen CV8 (1963)

2-door 4-seater, petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder straight (inline) engine, 5916 cm3 / 361.0 cu in / 361.0 cu in

  
4-seat
S8   5.9L         
              
   

Jensen CV8 (1964)

4-seater, petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder straight (inline) engine, 5916 cm3 / 361.0 cu in / 361.0 cu in

2-door
4-seat
S8   5.9L         
              
   

Jensen CV8 (1965)

2-door 4-seater, petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder straight (inline) engine, 5916 cm3 / 361.0 cu in / 361.0 cu in

  
4-seat
S8   5.9L         
              
   

Jensen CV8 (1966)

4-seater, petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder straight (inline) engine, 5914 cm3 / 360.9 cu in / 360.9 cu in

2-door
2+2-seat
V8 16v 6.3L OHV A-3
246.1 kW / 330.0 hp / 330.0 hp  576.0 N·m / 424.8 lb·ft / 424.8 lb·ft
   

Jensen CV8 FF (1965)

2-door 2+2-seater fixed-head coupé, petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 16-valve V engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 6286 cm3 / 383.6 cu in / 383.6 cu in, 246.1 kW / 330.0 hp / 330.0 hp @ 4600 rpm / 4600 rpm / 4600 rpm, 576.0 N·m / 424.8 lb·ft / 424.8 lb·ft @ 2800 rpm / 2800 rpm / 2800 rpm, automatic 3-speed transmission, all wheel drive, 208 km/h / 129 mph / 129 mph top speed

2-door
2+2-seat
V8 16v 5.9L OHV A-3
227.4 kW / 304.9 hp / 304.9 hp  535.0 N·m / 394.6 lb·ft / 394.6 lb·ft
   

Jensen CV8 Mk I (1962)

2-door 2+2-seater fixed-head coupé, petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 16-valve V engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 5913 cm3 / 360.8 cu in / 360.8 cu in, 227.4 kW / 304.9 hp / 304.9 hp @ 4800 rpm / 4800 rpm / 4800 rpm, 535.0 N·m / 394.6 lb·ft / 394.6 lb·ft @ 3000 rpm / 3000 rpm / 3000 rpm, automatic 3-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 211 km/h / 131 mph / 131 mph top speed

2-door
2+2-seat
V8 16v 6.3L OHV A-3
246.1 kW / 330.0 hp / 330.0 hp  576.0 N·m / 424.8 lb·ft / 424.8 lb·ft
   

Jensen CV8 Mk II (1964)

2-door 2+2-seater fixed-head coupé, petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 16-valve V engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 6286 cm3 / 383.6 cu in / 383.6 cu in, 246.1 kW / 330.0 hp / 330.0 hp @ 4600 rpm / 4600 rpm / 4600 rpm, 576.0 N·m / 424.8 lb·ft / 424.8 lb·ft @ 2800 rpm / 2800 rpm / 2800 rpm, automatic 3-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

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