c1964 JENSEN CV8
Registration No. DPE 975B
Chassis No. 104-2190.
Engine No. 205968HW
Metallic blue with grey leather interior.
Engine: Chrysler V8, pushrod overhead valves, 5916cc, 305bhp; Transmission: Chrysler automatic three speed, limited slip differential: Suspension: independent by coil springs and wishbones, rear live axle with half elliptic springs; Brakes: servo assisted discS all round. Right-hand drive
The Jensen brothers, originally coachbuilders, moved into motor manufacturing in 1935, building handsome luxury bodies on Ford V8, Lincoln Zephyr and Nash chassis and putting their own marque badges on them. In 1949 came the six-cylinder Austin powered Interceptor, a modern restatement of their earlier products. The 541 Grand Touring saloon of 1953 was a complete departure. Still powered by a 4.9 litre Austin engine, it was given a light fibreglass bodyshell and was the first production model of any marque to be given all-round disc brakes.
The 541's successor, the CV8, was publicly displayed for the first time at the 1962 London Motor Show. With this new model the company moved confidently into the very high performance luxury market. It was a comfortable four-seater, very well equipped and finished, offering reclining front seats and - a real innovation - an alternater to cope with the power needed for all the electrical accessories. Its body, with striking four-headlamp front end styling, was clearly descended from the 541. But underneath there was a new chassis to accommodate an easy going but forceful six-litre Golden Commander Chrysler V8 engine driving through a Chrysler Torqueflite automatic transmission. A limited-slip differential helped get the powerplant's 300bhp (330bhp in the later versions) down onto the road. Earlier cars were tested at 132mph maximum speed, though later ones were good for 140mph. Acceleration to match was on tap and handling was widely praised by the road-testers from the journals. Never built in large numbers, the CV8 today has a devoted following, offering as it does relatively low maintenance costs, by virtue of its all-plastic coachwork and easily obtained mechanical parts.
This CV8 has been stored for 10 years and will require some recommissioning. Christie's have been informed that the recorded 65,000 miles is correct. With grey leather interior described as in very good condition and attractive patina, the car appears generally sound, although it has not been run prior to the sale.