Lot 92 (Imperial War Museum Duxford, 18th March 2020)
Sold for £40,500
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: 5175 JN
Chassis No: 102080
"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.