1980 JENSEN 541 COUPÉ
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 saloon’s.
The 541 deployed the latter’s 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 Jensen’s own steering geometry, rack-and-pinion steering a later introduction. And if the four-speed gearbox was not the 541’s 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.
ABOUT THIS SPECIFIC EXAMPLE
This beautiful Jensen is a restored Jensen 541 carefully hand built in West Bromwich in 1956 over sixty years ago.
An example desirable upgraded to Deluxe specification when restored in the 80s using 541R disc brakes.
The brakes are recently upgraded with Volvo 4 pot callipers to front.
The restoration appears to have been comprehensive, the engine has been rebuilt, the gearbox and the overdrive have been overhauled in the late 90s, the front suspension have been overhauled as well and at the same time.
The Jensen has been recently respray to as near original colour as could be found.
New lighting have been fitted at the same time and the door cards have been refurbished as well, all the chrome parts are in very good condition.
The Jensen has nicely wire wheels fitted with tyres in very good condition. The car is not a concours example but is in very nice useable condition.
There are photos evidence of all works carried out when restored and bills going back over 30 years.
The interior of this GT is a very functional place to be with its impressive dash layout and its original style three-spoke steering wheel.
The Jensen story is fascinating and as fifties GTs continue to return to favour, this lovely, restored 541 makes a very sensible proposition.
For more information or an appointment, please call Rutger Houtkamp+31625098150 or send an e-mail to Rutger@Houtkamp.nl. Please do not hesitate to contact us by phone during evenings or in the weekend. The Houtkamp Collection is centrally located near Amsterdam and only 10 minutes from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.
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