18th Mar, 2020 13:00

Imperial War Museum Duxford

  Lot 92

1963 Jensen CV8 MKII

Sold for £40,500

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: 5175 JN
Chassis No: 102080

  • 1 of only 250 examples and used as a dealer demonstrator
  • In current ownership for 10 years
  • Stainless steel exhaust, new discs / pads / dampers and repainted c.9 years ago to the original colour

"The impression that emerged was of a car superbly suited to Grand Touring in the true sense. A very smooth silent 6-litre engine and transmission gave it a performance so effortless as to be entirely deceptive (Motor magazine, 1963).

This righthand drive automatic transmission MkII CV8 is finished in grey (it was resprayed nine years ago in the original metallic shade) with grey interior and has been with the vendor for the past decade. We are advised it was originally built by the factory to show specification for use as a dealer demonstrator and originally carried the Somerset registration number 338 VYD issued in December 1963. One of just 250 examples, the car benefits from recent new rear dampers and pads and a stainless-steel exhaust. Comparatively rare in 361 cu.in. guise, 5175 JN is described as having “excellent” body, paint and engine with “very good” transmission and interior. It is accompanied by a number of invoices and expired MoT certificates dating back to 1978.

Introduced at the October 1962 Earls Court Motor Show, the C-V8 instantly became one of the fastest four-seaters of its generation. Penned by Eric Neale in consultation with the Jensen brothers, its dramatic glassfibre bodywork clothed an advanced tubular chassis designed by the recently recruited Kevin Beattie. Equipped with independent coil-sprung front suspension, a 'live' rear axle, four-wheel Dunlop disc brakes, a limited slip differential and rack and pinion steering, the new Jensen was powered by a Chrysler-supplied 361 cu.in. (5.9 litre) V8 engine allied to Torqueflite automatic transmission. Boasting some 305bhp and 395lbft of torque, the Anglo-American hybrid was reputedly capable of over 132mph. Not content to sit on their laurels, the Bromwich concern released an updated MKII version in October 1963. Distinguished by various minor body modifications, it remained in production until July 1965.


Auction: Imperial War Museum Duxford, 18th Mar, 2020

Imperial War Museum
CB22 4QR 

Tuesday 17th March 2020 from 12pm to 6pm
Wednesday 18th March 2020 - Due to the closure of Imperial War Museum, we are unable to offer viewing of the vehicles today. All documents and paperwork are available to view at The Red Lion Hotel, Whittlesford CB22 4NL.

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