1956 JENSEN 541 - €69,500
1980 JENSEN 541 COUPÉ
In production for three years, just 193 are thought to have been made
Desirable upgraded to Deluxe specification
The engine, gearbox, major units and suspension were all overhauled and bills for a significant parts value accompany the car
The Jensen story is fascinating and as fifties GTs continue to return to favour
Although Jensen of West Bromwich espoused American Ford V8 and Nash engines in pre-war days, during the 1950s the company was closely associated with Austin. An outstanding though much under-rated Grand Tourer, the Jensen 541 embodied the Jensen brothers traditional virtues of a big engine and high overall gearing in a smaller, sportier package than the Interceptor saloons.
The 541 deployed the latters 4.0-litre Austin engine in a shorter, ladder-frame chassis, designed by John Riekie, which nevertheless contrived to offer significantly greater rear seat room than most of its rivals, while Eric Neale (previously with Daimler) laid out the new aerodynamic body.
Introduced at the 1953 Motor Show, the 541 pioneered the use of glassfibre bodywork and, like the Interceptor, used Austin A70-based suspension and transmission components but followed Jensens own steering geometry, rack-and-pinion steering a later introduction. And if the four-speed gearbox was not the 541s strongest point, it mattered little, as the car could be left in top gear virtually all day, such was the torque of the Austin six.
Despite being capable of 115 mph, the 541 possessed such a favourable power-to-weight ratio that this performance came with relatively modest fuel consumption.
When they were first launched they had the same effect on a car-starved public as the Bugatti Veyron did fifty years later.
Only in production for three years, just 193 are thought to have been made.
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