Jensen CV8

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Jensen CV8
Jensen CV8 red.jpg
Manufacturer Jensen
Production 1962–1966
Designer Eric Neale
Body and chassis
Body style 2-door saloon
  • 4-speed manual
  • 3-speed automatic
Wheelbase 105 in (2,667 mm)
Lenth 184 in (4,674 mm)
Weenth 67 in (1,702 mm)
Predecessor Jensen 541S
Successor Jensen Interceptor

The Jensen C-V8 is a sports caur produced bi Jensen Motors.

Launched in October 1962,[1] it wis the successor tae the similarly styled 541 series o Jensen motorcaurs an shared their uise o fibreglass as a body material (ae the door skins wur metal).

The C-V8 uised big block Chrysler ingines, at first the 361 an frae 1964 the 383 in³ which produced 330 bhp (246 kW). A few wur fittit wi standard transmissions but maist left the factory wi the excellent Chrysler Torqueflite automatic. Since the majority o C-V8s wur made for the Breetish market, ae 8 examples wur made in left-hand drive (LHD) an such caurs are prized today bi European an American collectors.

As a result o the fibreglass bodywirk an the fact that the lairge twin-tube frame was set in frae the perimeter o the caur, mony examples o this model hae survived the years in better shape than mony contemporary vehicles an continue tae provide a comfortable hie performance drivin experience.

Being able tae achieve a top speed o 136 mph (219 km/h), run the quarter mile (~400 m) in 14.6 seconds an 0 -60 mph (97 km/h) in 6.7 seconds made this an automobile ane o the fastest production fower seaters at the time.[2]

The stylin wis done bi the factory, an wis ...controversial. It wis decidedly unuisual an the slant eyed look either repelled or attractit fowk wi little middle grund. This perhaps contributit tae the relatively sma total production frae 1962 tae 1966 o 500 caurs.

The caur wis upgradit tae Mk II specification in 1963 wi Selectaride dampers fitted to the rear. The 1965 Mk III had both pairs of front headlights made the same size and a dual circuit braking system.

The Jensen CV-8 Mk II wis featured in the ITC television series The Baron made in 1965/66.

Twa convertibles wur made bi the factory – a full cabriolet an a Sedanca that wis ae open abuin the driver an front passenger. A feature aboot the unique CV8 Sedanca, written bi Breetish motorin journalist Paul Walton wis printit in the Juin edition o Ruoteclassiche (Italy's leadin classic caur magazine).

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. "Used Cars on test: 1965 Jensen C-V8". Autocar. 127 (nbr 3736): 42–43. 21 September 1967. 
  2. THE AUTOCAR 16th April 1965