JENSEN Motors Ltd West Bromwich England UK 1934-1976 ….!…!

Jensen Motors

Jensen Motors, Ltd
Industry Automotive
Fate Bankrupt
Founded 1934
Defunct 1976
Headquarters West Bromwich, England
Key people Richard and Alan Jensen, founders
Products Automobiles

1935 Jensen-Ford woodie Shooting brake

 1935 Jensen-Ford “woodieShooting brake
1938 Jensen S-type drophead, 3.5 litre
 1938 Jensen S-type drophead, 3.5 litre

Jensen Motors Ltd was a British manufacturer of sports cars and commercial vehicles, based in the LyngWest Bromwich (in the West Midlands, west of Birmingham). The Jensen brothers (Alan and Richard, born in Moseley, Birmingham) had been employed in the bodyshop of Patrick Motors, Selly Oak, Birmingham in a building still standing next to the University of Birmingham campus. Jensen Motors Limited was established in 1934 and ceased trading in 1976. The rights to Jensen were bought and the company operated in Speke, Liverpool from 1998 to 2002. Under further new owners, a new version of the Jensen Interceptor was announced in 2011 as bringing manufacturing back to the former Jaguar motor plant in Browns Lane, Coventry.


Jensen began as a small specialist coachbuilding operation run by brothers Richard and Alan Jensen. After the owner’s death they bought the business of their employer, W.J. Smith & Son Limited of High Street West Bromwich later, in 1934, renaming it Jensen Motors. In early 1931 Smith’s had set up a subsidiary operation under Richard and Alan Jensen, calling it Jensen Motors, specifically to build bodies for the new 6-cylinder Wolseley Hornet chassis. Smith’s announced an open 4-seater and a lowered 2-seater in May 1931 both to be known as Jensen Wolseley Hornets. They later expanded to build exclusive customised bodies for standard cars produced by several manufacturers of the day including Morris, Singer, Standard, as well as 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 with a Ford chassis and engine. 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.

After the war production of the Jen-Tug thrived and Jensen also produced a new range of JNSN lightweight diesel trucks and chassis which were used for a variety of vehicles including pantechnicons and buses. A handful of Jensen buses and coaches were produced for independent operators into the 1950s, with Perkins diesel engines, David Brown gearboxes, and bodywork by a variety of bodybuilders of the time, which had the distinctive large JNSN marque cut into the sheet metal on the front of the bus, below the windscreen. In the 1950s Jensen were chosen by the British Motor Corporation(BMC) to build the bodies for the four-wheel-drive Austin Gipsy. In 1958 they built a small number of Tempo minibuses, a German original design, under licence.

Sports cars


1961 Jensen 541S1961 Jensen 541S

1965 Jensen CV8 MKIII1965 Jensen CV8

1969 Jensen FF Mk.II1969 Jensen FF Mk.II

Production of cars ceased during the war years, but by 1946 a new vehicle was offered, the Jensen PW (a luxury saloon). Few were produced since raw materials were still scarce. Also in 1946 body designer Eric Neale joined the company from Wolseley and his first project was the more modern coupe which followed in 1950, named the Interceptor, which was built until 1957. In 1955, Jensen started production of Neale’s masterpiece, the 541, which used the then-revolutionary material of fiberglass for its bodywork. The 541 was replaced by another Neale design, the CV8 in 1962, which replaced the Austin-sourced straight-6 of the previous cars with a 6 litre American Chrysler V8. This large engine in such a lightweight car made the Jensen one of the fastest four-seaters of the time.

For its replacement, the Interceptor (launched in 1966), Jensen turned to the Italian coachbuilder, Carrozzeria Touring, for the body design, and to steel for the material. The bodyshells themselves were built by Vignale of Italy and later by Jensen. The same 383 cu in (6.3 L) Chrysler wedge-head powerplant was used in the earlier cars with the later cars moving to the 440 cu in (7.2 L) in engine. The Interceptor was offered in fastback, convertible and (rare) coupé versions. The fastback was by far the most popular with its large, curving wrap-around rear window that doubled as a rear door.

Related to the Interceptor was another car, the Jensen FF, the letters standing for Ferguson Formula, Ferguson Research being the inventor of the full-time all wheel drive system adopted, the first on a production sports car. Also featured was the Dunlop Maxaret anti-lock braking system in one of the first uses of ABS in a production car. Outwardly, the only differences from the Interceptor were four extra inches of length (all ahead of the windscreen) and a second row of air vents behind the front wheels. The small number of 320 FFs were constructed, and production ceased in 1971.

Other projects

1951 Austin A40 Sports designed by Eric Neale (of Jensen) and manufactured in conjunction with Jensen MotorsAustin A40 Sports, ca 1951, designed by Eric Neale (of Jensen) and manufactured in conjunction with Jensen Motors

Austin A40 Sports: As one in a series of collaborations between Austin and Jensen, the Austin A40 Sports originated when Austin’s chairman Leonard Lord, upon seeing the Interceptor, requested that Jensen develop a body that could use the A40 mechanicals. The resulting body-on-frame A40 Sports – which debuted at the 1949 London Motor Show – had been designed by Eric Neale, an ex-Wolseley stylist who had joined Jensen in 1946. During production, the A40 Sports’ aluminium bodies were built by Jensen and transported to Austin’s Longbridge plant for final assembly. The A40 Sports had been intended as more of a sporty touring car and not a sports car per se, and over 4000 examples were manufactured from 1951–1953.

Austin-Healey 100: Although Jensen’s design for a new Austin-based sports-car was rejected by the British Motor Corporation (BMC) in 1952 in favour of a design provided by Donald Healey, Jensen did win the BMC contract to build the bodies for the resultant Austin-Healey 100 from 1952 until 1956.

Volvo P1800: In 1960 Jensen won a contract from Volvo to assemble and finish the bodies for their P1800 coupé. Pressed Steel manufactured the body-shells at their Linwood plant in Scotland and shipped them to Jensen in West Bromwich to be finished, painted and trimmed, before then being shipped to Sweden where Volvo completed the final build.

Sunbeam Tiger: In the early 1960s Jensen were also involved in the development and production of the Sunbeam Tiger.

Changing ownership

The company had come under the control of the Norcros Group in 1959 and following disagreements Alan and Richard Jensen resigned in 1966. The American car distributor Kjell Qvale became the majority shareholder in 1970 and brought in Donald Healey as chairman.

By 1975, the company’s future was under threat, with the redundancy of 700 workers – two thirds of its workforce.

Jensen Motors ceased trading in May 1976. Two new companies: Jensen Special Products (JSP) and Jensen Parts & Service Limited (JP&S) were created to pick up the pieces of Jensen Motors. JSP was created as a specialist engineering and design company from Jensen’s development department. JP&S was created to provide parts and service to the existing Jensen customer base. Both JSP and JP&S were bought by a holding company, Britcar Holdings. In 1982 JP&S, with the rights to use the Jensen brand names, was sold to Ian Orford who put the Interceptor back into production as the Mk IV.

Jensen Parts and Service was renamed Jensen Cars Ltd and 11 cars were made before the company was sold to Unicorn Holdings of Stockport and a Mk V Interceptor was proposed but never materialised although a few more Mk IVs were built.

Revival hopes

Jensen S-V8
2001 Jensen S-V8
Manufacturer Jensen Motors
Production 2001–2002
Assembly Speke, Liverpool
Designer Howard Guy and Gary Doy
Body and chassis
Body style Two-door convertible
Layout TRUTY
Engine 4.6 L V8
Wheelbase SEG

A revival in 2001 was short lived. By the end of 2002 production on their only model – the £40,000 S-V8 – had ceased.

After a £10 million investment, including Liverpool City Council and the Department of Trade and Industry, a two-seater convertible, the Jensen S-V8 was launched at the 1998 British International Motor Show, with an initial production run of 300 deposit paid vehicles planned at a selling price of £40,000 each, but by October 1999 it was confirmed that 110 orders had been placed.

The new Liverpool factory in Speke commenced production in August 2001 but troubles with manufacture meant production ceased with only 20 ever leaving the factory and another 18 cars left partially completed. The company went into administration in July 2002.

The Jensen name and partially completed cars were later sold to SV Automotive of Carterton, Oxfordshire, in 2003 who decided to complete the build of 12 of the cars, retaining the others for spare parts, and finally selling them for £38,070.

In April 2010 Jensen International Automotive (JIA) was founded. This new company will buy old Jensen Interceptors, and sell them as new ones after a complete restoration, with new engine and interior trim.

In September 2011 CPP, a specialist sports car manufacturer announced they were planning to make a new Jensen, expected to go on sale to the public sometime in 2014.The new Interceptor will be based around an all-aluminium chassis and will feature alloy panels, “echoing the four-seat grand tourer layout of the much-loved original”, according to the official press release.

2010 Jensen Interceptor SX

2010 Jensen Interceptor SX

Jensen cars

Jensen S-type (1936–41)

1939 Jensen 4¼ Litre (H-type) Jensen H-type (1938–45)

1946 Jensen PW 4 litre straight eight crossed outJensen PW (1946–52)

1950-57 Jensen Interceptor Convertible Jensen Interceptor (1950–57)

1953 Jensen 541 Prototype, featuring aluminum bodywork (production cars switched to fibreglass) the first one Jensen 541 (1954–59)

1957 Jensen 541R near Silverstone Jensen 541R (1957–60)

Jensen 541S (1960–63)

Jensen CV8 (1962–66)

Jensen P66 (1965 prototype only)

Jensen Interceptor (1966–76)

1971 Jensen FF MK II (DVLA) first registered 19 April 1971, 6276 cc

1969 Jensen FF mk11. (DVLA) first reg 27 January 1970 360 bhp four wheel drive in snow

Jensen FF (1966–71)

1972 Jensen-Healey (DVLA) first reg 1 December 1972, 1973 cc Duxford Spring Car Show 2011

1973 Jensen-Healey at the 2005 Clonroche Vintage Rally, Ireland

Jensen-Healey (1972–75)

Jensen GT (1975–76)

Jensen S-V8 (2001)

2010 Jensen Interceptor SX (2010)

2010 New-Jensen-Interceptor-1

the new Jensen Interceptor. CPP (Coventry Prototype Panels)

1935 Jensen ad SONY DSC 1935 Jensen-Ford V8 1935 Jensen-Ford woodie Shooting brake 1937 Jensen Dual Cowl Phaeton 1938 Jensen S-type drophead, 3.5 litre 1938 Jensen were showing the 3.5 Litre and the new, upmarket 4¼ Litre models 1941 Jensen ad 1945 jensen interceptor interior shield 1946 Jensen PW 1946 Jensen 1949 Jensen Interceptor 1ste gen 1949 Jensen Interceptor Cabriolet 1950 Jensen Interceptor Cabriolet a 1950 Jensen Interceptor Cabriolet 1950 Jensen Interceptor convertible 1950 Jensen Saloon a 1950 Jensen Saloon 1950 Jensen 1951 Austin A40 Sports designed by Eric Neale (of Jensen) and manufactured in conjunction with Jensen Motors 1951 Jensen Interceptor Cabriolet 1952 Jensen ad 1952 Jensen Interceptor - cabriolet body 1952 Jensen Interceptor Saloon 1953 Jensen 541 Prototype 1953-jensen-1-2 Jensen Interceptor 1954 1955 Jensen 541 4-Litre Sports Saloon 1956 Jensen 4l 1956 Jensen 541 Engine 3993cc S6 OHV Production 1956 Jensen 541 1956 Jensen 541a 1956 Jensen 541b 1956-59 Jensen 541 Deluxe 1957-60 Jensen 541R 1958 Jensen 541 R Saloon 1959 Jensen 541R OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA 1960 Jensen 541 S 1960 jlogo2 1960-63 Jensen 541S photos 1960-63 Jensen 541S 1961 Jensen 541S 1962-63 Jensen CV8 (MkI) a 1962-63 Jensen CV8 (MkI) 1963 Jensen CV8 GT 1963 Jensen CV8 Targa Tasmania Race Car 1963 Jensen CV8 1964 Jensen CV8 MkII oftewel Baron a 1964 Jensen CV8 MkII oftewel Baron b 1964 Jensen CV8 MkII oftewel Baron c 1964 Jensen CV8 MkII oftewel Baron 1964 Jensen Interceptor b 1965 Jensen CV8 Mark III 1965 Jensen CV8 MKIII 1965 logo-red 1966 Jensen Interceptor FF 1966-91 Jensen-interceptor-6 1967 Jensen FF SUV 1967 Jensen FF 1968 Jensen FF Mark II 1968 Jensen Interceptor 1969 Jensen FF Mk.II 1969 Jensen Interceptor 1969 Jensen MKII Interceptor 1969 Jensen MKIIb 1969-Jensen-Interceptor-III 1970 Jensen Interceptor BLL 1970 Jensen Interceptor BLLa 1970 jensen-automarken-logo 1971 Jensen CV8 MkII oftewel Baron 1971 Jensen FF Engine 6276cc (383cu) V8 Chrysler Production 1971 Jensen Interceptor Mk III. 1971 1972 Jensen Interceptor Mk IIIa. 1972, the Jensen-Healey 1972-76 Jensen Healey Engine 1973 cc S4 DOC P 1973 Jensen Interceptor 111 convertable 1973 Jensen Interceptor 111 Interceptor HARRIADNIE-BEAU 1973 jensen-healy-1973cc 1974 Jensen Healey Engine 1973 cc S4 1974 Jensen Healey a 1974 Jensen Healey 1974 Jensen Interceptor Convertible a 1974 Jensen Interceptor Convertible 1974 Jensen Interceptor Series 3 1975 Jensen GT (2) 1975 Jensen GT 1975 Jensen Healey Engine 1973 cc S4 1975 jensen logo02 2001 Jensen S-V8 2001-02 Jensen SV8 Engine 4600cc 2002 Jensen SV8 2003 Jensen SV8 (2003) Engine 4600cc 2010 Jensen Interceptor SX 2010 New-Jensen-Interceptor-1 2010Jensen-Motors-logo-3 Austin Healey 3000 by Kasuwell bronze-jensen-interceptor-iii center cv8ff1_l ff3 images Jensen 541S ... Jensen cabriolet Jensen CV8 MkII 1964 JENSEN C-V8. jensen gt Jensen Healey RMA Jensen SDHC Jensen_Motors_badge jensen-at-show Jensen-Comparison Jensen-FF jensen-h-type2 jubileeff

Author: Jeroen

In Dutch, my homelanguage: Ik ben Jeroen, tot januari 2015 was ik al dik 26 jaar werkzaam in een psychiatrisch ziekenhuis in een stad vlakbij Werelds grootste havenstad Rotterdam. Eerst als verpleegkundige/begeleider op high care, later op afdeling dubbeldiagnose (verslavingen) en ook nog een tijdje als administratief medewerker. Ik heb een spierziekte "Poli Myositis" (alle spieren zijn ontstoken) daardoor weinig energie. Sinds augustus 2015 is daarbij de diagnose Kanker gesteld, en ben ik helemaal arbeidsongeschikt geworden en zit middenin de behandelfase. Gelukkig ben ik daarnaast getrouwd, vader, en opa, en heb de nodige hobby's. Een daarvan is transportmiddelen verzamelen en daarmee een blog schrijven. Dit blog begon met bussen, maar nu komen ook sleepboten, auto's trucks en dergelijke aan bod. Kijk en geniet met me mee, reageer, en vul gerust aan. Fouten zal ik ook graag verbeteren. In English: I'm Jeroen, till januari 2015 I was already 26 years working as a nurse in a psychiatric hospital, near Rotterdam, Worlds biggest harbour with more than 98 nationalities living within it's borders. First I worked on closed high care ward and the last years on a ward with mainly addicted people. I liked my work very much. In 2007 I got ill. I got the diagnose Poli Myositis, a musscle dissease. Al my mussles are inflamed. And last august I got another diagnose. Cancer. It's plaveicelcel carcinoma and treated with Chemo and radioation. So I've even less energy than the last years. Still I try to make something of my life and the blog is helping with surviving with some pleasure.

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