Lot 220 - 1939 Jensen S-Type Tourer – Ex London Motor Show Car

Only 2 Owners from new

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Auction Blenheim Palace July 2016
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Lot Number 220
Reg. Number UK Registered
Chassis Number S244544
Year 1939
Make Jensen
Model Tourer

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Jensen was founded by two brothers, Alan and Richard Jensen who were born in 1906 and 1909. They became interested in cars at an early age, and so in 1930 their father set them up in their first business, Patrick Jensen Motors, based at Edgbaston. They ran the business with Joe Patrick, but moved on the following year after a disagreement.

In 1931 they started work at W. J. Smith & Sons, an old established firm of motor body builders, located in High Street, Carters Green, West Bromwich. Smiths specialised in bodywork for lorries and cars. After William Smith’s death the brothers took over the business, and in 1934 it became Jensen Motors Limited.

The business specialised in custom-built bodies for a range of readily available car chassis made by a range of manufacturers including Morris, Singer, Standard, and Wolseley. In 1934 the brothers received a commission from American actor Clark Gable to him build a special car, on a Ford V8 chassis. The Jensen S-type was a car built by Jensen Motors from 1936 until 1941 as both a saloon and a convertible. It was the firm’s first volume production car, based on Ford motors from the United States, and chassis parts from Ford of Britain sourced through M B K Motors.

The car was built on a steel chassis and used aluminium for the body panels. The car was sold with either a 2,227 cc  or a 3,622 cc,  Ford Sidevalve V8 engine, equipped with two downdraft carburetors, Vertex ignition, and a Columbia overdrive rear axle. The cars were available in three body styles: 2-door convertible, 3-door tourer, and 4-door saloon.

This fabulous 2 owner from new example, ex-London Motor Show car, is totally original in every respect and is presented in cream with its original grey leather interior, showing great patina and in good condition. There are some historic black and white photos of the first owner competing in this very car in club events, showing also that this wonderful sports tourer has not changed over the years and is still in its totally original condition.

This lovely 3 door tourer is also equipped with aero screens for the rear passengers and its engine with overdrive, provides wonderful torque for touring –  the V8 engine is smooth and responsive. The car has been part of a private collection and has been garaged since in his ownership. A rare opportunity to acquire a piece of British motoring heritage which has retained its originality.


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