The CV8 FF
One car we would have liked, but never had a chance to buy was the CV8 FF
This was the very first (non all-terrain production) car with four wheel drive.
CV8 FF at the 1965 Earls Court Motorshow
|541S Manual Drive||Registration Number||Jensen Owner's Club Concours Prizes|
I JON at times
|First in Class 1978, Overall Best 541 Cup 1979, Master Class Trophy 1980.|
|102/1081 chassis||160 TPP||First in Class 1975, 1976, 1977.|
|102/1123 chassis||541 FBF||First in Class 1983.|
|102/1052 chassis||YMC 202B|
|102/1104 chassis||3 MPK|
|100/1055 chassis||838 EEA||First in Class 1981.|
|100/1059 chassis||HTW 763B|
|100/1062 chassis||36 DUC||Second in Class 1982.|
I JON at times
|Second in Class 1981.|
Front Cover for Issue No. 100, October 1991
of The Jensen Owners Club Magazine
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 Owners Club
for the 25th Anniversary Issue
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
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!
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We have sold all our Jensen Cars, five of our 541S cars went to an enthusiast in Denmark.
We gave our son Jason 541FBF (a 541S Manual drive).
Jason collects his 541S
So what do we drive now?
According to THE MOTOR
24th July 1963
"... maximum speed of 136 mph ... one of the fastest cars we have ever road tested and certainly the fastest full four seater."
THE AUTOCAR 16th April 1965
Comparing with Aston Martin DB5, Ford Galaxie, Ford Mustang V8, Gordon Keeble, the CV8 was the fastest car from 0 - 60 and the quickest to cover 1/4 mile from a standing start.
Road test 2023
0 - 50 mph 5.0 secs.
0 - 60 mph 6.7 secs.
0 - 100 mph 17.6 secs.
Standing 1/4 mile 14.6 secs.
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