Wed, 18th Oct 2006 0:00

Kempton Park Racecourse

  Lot 41
Lot 41 - 1957 Jensen 541

1957 Jensen 541

Sold for £9,000

(including buyers premium)

Lot details
Registration No: 793 APP
Chassis No: 541/1375803
Mot Expiry: April 2007

Although previewed at the 1953 Earls Court Motor Show, customer deliveries of the new Jensen 541 did not start until 1955. Based like its Interceptor predecessor on Austin running gear, it was nevertheless an avant garde design. Constructed around an immensely strong tubular framed chassis equipped with independent coil and wishbone front suspension, a leaf-sprung hypoid bevel rear axle, cam and roller steering and Girling hydraulic brakes, the model's dramatic, cutting edge glassfibre bodywork was penned by Eric Neale. Widely held to possess among the most striking automotive silhouettes of the 1950s, the luxury sports coupe was powered by powered by a 3993cc OHV straight-six engine allied to four-speed manual synchromesh transmission. Reputedly capable of 115-120mph, it was understandably well received by the contemporary motoring press. Progressively developed, the 541 remained in production until 1963 by which time a mere 546 had been made.
Finished in Gunmetal Grey with red leather upholstery, this particular example is variously described by the vendor as being in "good" (3993cc engine, electrical equipment, chassis, paintwork), "original" (interior trim), or "excellent" (four-speed manual plus overdrive gearbox, bodywork) condition. Apparently first registered in Buckinghamshire on March 19th 1957, '793 APP' is said to have had just "two previous keepers from new". Riding on steel wheels shod with new tyres, the Jensen is stated to be a "fantastic drive". Undeniably handsome, '793 APP' is offered for sale with "original registration document", MOT certificate valid until June 2007 and historic class (free) road tax until March 2007.

PLEASE NOTE: This vehicle has an MOT until April 2007.

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