classic jensen 541 restoration

Piece by Piece – Working on the Interior of the 1955 Jensen 541

The Bridge Classic Cars in-house trim shop has been working on handmaking all new pieces for the interior of the 1955 Jensen 541.

Using their wealth of knowledge when it comes to the interiors of the whole 541 family, these pieces are being made to exact measurements which takes craft, skill and precision for the best possible fit.

Brian has made new seat woods, kick panels, floor supports and mounts specifically for the car.

Capped Off – Finishing the Cubby Boxes for the 1955 Jensen 541

The Bridge Classic Cars trim shop have been working to finish off the handmade cubby boxes for the 1955 Jensen 541.

Brian has been making the lids for the new cubby boxes. This involves hand finishing the recesses in the lids for the brand new hinges to get the lids to sit perfectly flat onto the bases. He also created the recess in the top to fit the ashtray, this has all been done and finished by hand to give the best possible result for the car.

Along with these pieces, Brian has created the metal base for the cubby boxes. This was then wrapped in black vinyl to match the colour of the interior of the box and give one single uniform look to the boxes.

The Smallest Details – Repainting Parts for the 1956 Jensen 541

The paint team at Bridge Classic Cars have had some of the parts and pieces from the 1956 Jensen 541 in the paint booth.

With the restoration of the 1956 Jensen 541 moving ahead with the body panels and pieces being worked on by our paint and body teams, it was the turn of some of the parts to go into our in-house paint booth to be refinished in heavy-duty black and looking as good as new.

The pieces for this restoration will be going into the booth in various stages in preparation for the final assembly of the car but until then they will be wrapped up and put into storage after being catalogued.

Featured – Photo of our 1961 Jensen 541S Restoration at Seckford Hall

We’ve been sent an amazing photo from the lobby of Seckford Hall here in Suffolk. The photo in the frame is from a photoshoot that Bridge Classic Cars did with the 1961 Jensen 541S restoration we had carried out at Seckford Hall.

It’s always a very proud moment to see both our photography work and restoration work in somewhere like Seckford Hall.

Repadded – New Padding into the Seats of the 1955 Jensen 541

The trim shop at Bridge Classic Cars have cleaned up and repadded the front seats of the 1955 Jensen 541.

Lydia has been working on hand-forming each of the padding pieces for the front bucket seats and shaping them roughly. These all have multiple pieces but the forms needed to be just right before the seat covers are eventually made to fit the fibreglass bucket seats.

Keep a look out on the Bridge Classic Cars news page for more on the interior of the 1955 Jensen 541.

Teardown – Stripping the Interior Pieces for the 1955 Jensen 541

The Bridge Classic Cars trim shop have worked on getting the original interior of the 1955 Jensen 541.

Lydia has been working through each individual piece to get them stripped down to the bases and components underneath to be inspected and assessed. Once they have been assessed, she can begin the work of completely remaking all the padding and covers for the interior.

Bridge Classic Cars have a long history of working on the Jensen 541 and creating the interiors for these amazing GT cars.

A Delicate Process – Preparing and Repairing the Wheel Arches of the 1956 Jensen 541

The in-house paint and body team at Bridge Classic Cars have been working on preparing to start work on the 1956 Jensen 541.

The first stage is to get the wheel arches for the car sanded down and ready for when they eventually go into the paint booth. First, though, the team had to perform some repairs. One of the benefits of the Jensen 541’s fibreglass construction is that repairs can be easily performed on these amazing classic GT cars.

Then, once the resin had cured for the repair the team could begin sanding and fairing the pieces to make sure every surface and recess of it is perfect and ready for the time when it all gets its first coats of primer.