October 25, 2017

One for the future: Jensen 541R

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The very last Jensen 541R that was built by Jensen Motors (#493), this incredible find is a potential restoration for the future. Currently residing in

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One for the future: Jensen 541R

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The very last Jensen 541R that was built by Jensen Motors (#493), this incredible find is a potential restoration for the future. Currently residing in Germany we are in talks to have her in our workshops later in the year.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”19684,19685,19686,19687,19688,19689,19690,19691,19692,19693,19694,19695,19696,19697,19698,19699,19700,19701,19702,19703,19704,19705,19706,19707,19708,19709,19710,19711,19681″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Source: Wikipedia

The Jensen 541R is a closed four-seater GT-class car built in the United Kingdom by Jensen between 1957 and 1960.

The original aluminium prototype appeared in 1953 as the 541 at the London Motor Show, although this changed to glassfibre for all production cars. Within a year, the new 541 had already earned rave reviews from magazines, notably Autocar, whose testers drove the grand tourer to a top speed of over 125 mph (201 km/h). It was the fastest four-seater the magazine had ever tested at the time.

The 541R employed a low-revving 3,993 cc (4.0 L; 243.7 cu in) straight-six engine from the Austin Sheerline. The suspension system came from the Austin A70 with independent suspension by coil springs at the front and a live axle with semi-elliptic springs at the rear. The 541R, introduced in 1957, differed from the 541 by using rack & pinion steering instead of a cam-and-roller system, and large disc brakes were used on all four wheels.

The car’s styling was by Jensen’s designer Eric Neale, and was not only considered attractive, but was aerodynamically efficient too; a Cd figure of only 0.39 was recorded, which became the lowest figure at Jensen. The body covered a chassis built by bracing 5-inch (12.7 cm) tubes with a mixture of steel pressings and cross-members to create a platform.

The 1957 model carried the DS7 version of the Austin Sheerline’s four-litre motor equipped with twin carburetors on its right side. The cylinder head was reworked for the lifted compression ratio of 7.6:1 and a “long dwell”. The engine had a raised output to 150 hp (112 kW) at 4100 rpm and 210 lb⋅ft (285 N⋅m). Only 53 cars were built with the engine.

In total Jensen built 193 541Rs before it was succeeded in 1961 by the Jensen 541S. This was similar to the 541R, but with a larger body and a GM-licensed Rolls-Royce hydramatic gearbox, and only 127 cars were built before the model was discontinued to be replaced by the CV8.


Jensen 541R
When the Jensen 541R was tested by Autocar magazine in January 1958 it achieved their highest maximum speed for a four-seater car at 127.5 mph (205.2 km/h). It was conducted in below-freezing conditions with a “stiff diagonal breeze”. 0–60 mph was recorded at 10.6 seconds with fuel consumption at 18 mpg‑imp (16 L/100 km; 15 mpg‑US) overall with the normal range given as 15 mpg‑imp (19 L/100 km; 12 mpg‑US)–24 mpg‑imp(12 L/100 km; 20 mpg‑US).[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

1956 Austin Healey in for a general health check

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In our workshops right now is our beautiful 1956 Austin Healey.

Although a MOT is not required by law we have been asked to give her a full health check in line with the latest MOT requirements.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”15701,15702,15703,15704,15705,15706,15707,15708,15709,15710,15711,15712″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Rover 12 Home To Laxfield

So it’s that time once again, our 1947 Rover 12 is back on the road, with all issues resolved…it’s time for her to go home to Laxfield to enjoy some day’s out with her owner.

It will be a sad one to say goodbye to as the comments have been lovely.

Here she is being loaded up in the Bridge Classic Cars trailer ready for the trip up the A12.

Jensen 541S Front Grilles – packed up and ready to go to Australia.

As one of the only manufacturers, or perhaps the only manufacturer of the classic Jensen 541S front grilles we often get approached by the 541S owners who are looking to freshen up or even restore theirs.

With only 127 Jensen 541S’ produced it is great that we still know of lots in existence and we now know that there will soon be one back on the road over in South Australia. Peter Jackson is currently in the process of restoring his own and we have a brand new set of front grilles currently en-route to Australia for him.