Lot details Registration No: DAC 17C Chassis No: 104/2269 Mot Expiry: Aug 2019
- Supplied new to distinguished soldier turned art dealer Colonel Alex Gregory-Hood OBE MC of Loxley Hall
- Treated to much restoration work by its second and third private keepers during the 1990s/2000s
- Extensive history file including original green logbook, copy factory test sheet and numerous bills
Supplied new to distinguished soldier turned art dealer Colonel Alex Gregory-Hood OBE MC of Loxley Hall via J.T. Thorpe Ltd of Wellesbourne, chassis 104/2269 was first registered as 'DAC 17C' on 15th January 1965. Purchased by its next private keeper Dr Geoffrey Manning of The Old Hall, Haughton from Astons of Coventry Ltd six years later, the Jensen would remain in his care until April 2005 when it was sold to Paul Jones whose father had been deputy chief engineer at Jensen Motors. Writing to subsequent owner Jerry Zdanko, the former commented: 'When I acquired the car the good Doctor had spent a considerable amount of money on the metal chassis components which were all well painted and needed no further work, so the car's basis was excellent. The mechanics and body, however, needed work and were tired'. To this end, Mr Jones had the original engine (number 270-4V) thoroughly overhauled by Knight Racing Services; the result being a dyno reading of 285.5bhp / 371lbft. Midland Transmissions of Kettering refurbished the automatic gearbox, four new brake discs were fitted with Coopercraft two-pot callipers up front, a Mallory fuel pump and twin radiator cooling fans were added, the instruments re-calibrated and the dashboard given a Burr Maple facing. Bought by Peter Strait when Mr Jones relocated to Australia in August 2006, the CV8 was repainted Red and had its interior renovated whilst preserving much of the original Blue leather upholstery. Entering the current ownership in June 2013, 'DAC 17C' boasts a stainless-steel fuel tank and exhaust. Treated to replacement door seals, fresh tyres and custom-made rear seatbelts etc over the last five years, the Jensen is described by the vendor as 'excellent' (bodywork, engine, transmission) 'very good' (paintwork, electrical equipment); and 'good' (interior trim). Offered for sale with extensive history file (copy factory test sheet, original green logbook, numerous bills) and MOT certificate valid into August 2019.