Launched in October 1962, the C-V8 used big block engines sourced from Chrysler; Most of the cars mated to a three-speed Chrysler Torqueflite automatic transmission. The car was one of the fastest production four-seaters of its era. The Mk II, capable of 136 mph, ran a quarter mile in 14.6 seconds, and accelerated from 0–60 mph in 6.7 seconds.
The upgraded Mk II, introduced in October 1963, had Selectaride rear dampers and minor styling changes. The model was discontinued in 1966 after a total production run of only 500. The fibreglass body, and the fact that the twin-tube frame was set in from the perimeter of the car, have contributed to the model’s comparatively high survival rate.
First registered on the 10th January 1964, this fine example is finished in the stunning dark metallic blue with a contrasting red hide interior.
The car comes complete with a large history file from new including the original registration book and guarantee from Jensen Motors. A £30,000 restoration was completed in 2011 and the car has covered only 6,000 miles since.
The gearbox has just been overhauled at a cost of £2,500 and the car has been serviced with a new set of plug leads. We are informed that it now drives ‘like a dream’ and benefits from a full length Webasto sunroof giving the cabin a light airy feel when open.
Testament to the cars condition, it featured in Classic and Sports Car magazine ‘Case Histories’ section in April 2011.
Supplied with an MoT certificate valid until 21st September 2016, this rare British GT represents a unique opportunity for Jensen enthusiasts to purchase a well documented and presented CV-8.