The Jensen Information Pages
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by John Neville Cohen
THE JENSEN OWNER'S CLUB
Now well over 40 years old (formed in 1971) to join write to Keith Andrews membership secretary, 2 Westgate, Fullshaw Park, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 1QQ or phone (01625) 525699.
A New Jensen Sports Car to be known as the JENSEN S-V8 was first revealed at the Motor Show in October 1998 at the NEC in Birmingham. The Jensen Owners Club had been informed that some of the UK's most talented, respected engineers and designers had been involved in creating this exciting new car. We were also told that quite a good number of orders (about 300) had already been placed and that this car should be seen on the roads early in 1999.
Another New Jensen!
But it is sad to learn now that there is no future for the production of these newer cars - historically in the past Jensen had faced so many problems and now it has failed to survive again as a manufacturer. But the name lives proudly on in the Classic car scene.
John & Trudy Cohen - A Private Classic Collection
A private collection that once consisted of 5 manual drive 541S Jensen cars, 3 automatic, and a very special CV8, a one off Jensen, commissioned by Hardy Amies.
The quality of this collection is obvious for out of the nine cars, six have been Jensen Owner's Club Concourse winners.
Overall First Place
The collection (formed from 1978 to 1982) once consisted of:-
Cover for Issue No 100
History of Our CV8
This CV8 is an exclusive "one off" especially built by Jensen, for Hardy Amies Esq., and it was first registered in December 1964.
Hardy Amies of Saville Row were engaged by Jensen to advise on the choice of materials, and colour combinations. The brief was to improve the looks of the CV8, for the mark III, that was soon to be released.
The mark III has quite a lot of changed exterior features and a far more luxurious interior than the mark II. Hardy Amies decided to order one (possibly part of the deal) anyway the car he commissioned surprisingly was not the latest mark III. His car is a mixture - a mark II with the new mark III interior. I must say that I agree with his choice as I prefer the mark II shape myself.
The result was this special car, indigo blue with a camel coloured pigskin, interior. It is also one of very few CV8 cars fitted with a large Webasco sunshine roof. This car also has the larger 6276cc Chrysler V8 engine.
Hardy Amies must have enjoyed this car as he kept it for well over 5 years.
Front Cover of The Jensen
We are the sixth owner and a few years ago I had the car completely rebuilt. It was resprayed the original colour and the interior replaced by camel leather, rather than pigskin, - not a kosher material for my use!
But we had all the leather, and the matching carpets piped in dark blue leather to match the paintwork.
One other improvement was the beautiful walnut dashboard to replace the original formica one.
So I am guilty, this car is no longer in original condition, instead it became a Cohen original!
Our New Interior
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541FBF (a 541S Manual drive).
Jensen CV8 Road Test Information
According to THE MOTOR
24th July 1963
THE AUTOCAR 16th April 1965
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