Lot 46 - 1961 Jensen 541S

Lot 46 - 1961 Jensen 541S

Lot 46 - 1961 Jensen 541S

Lot Number 46
Registration 36BLL
Chassis Number 100/1017
Engine Number 40/1/11954
Estimate £15,000 - £22,000
Result Sold - £18,439

Miles Estimate At the start of the 1950's Jensen had a sound Commercial vehicle business providing bread and butter income and an exclusive car business making expensive Interceptor touring cars. The body work was mostly aluminium, but as an experiment Jensen had started making the large boot lids in a revolutionary material formed from hair-thin glass imbedded in a resinous gel, Glass Fibre. The body was designed by Eric Neale, in conjunction with Richard Jensen. He first created the distinctive ""mouth"" shape, and the rest of the body flowed back from that point. A lattice of wooden body formers provided a reference over which skilled craftsmen beat a skin of aluminium.  The finished car was to exhibited at the 1953 Motor Show but there was one trick left up Jensen's sleeve, production cars were to be constructed glass fibre.  The first few production cars are just known as the 541. As production increased, the options available increased. A package incorporating the best extras - was applied to the car which was marketed as the ""541 deluxe"". Rack and pinion steering was the latest innovation and was marketed as the 541R. The body changed at the same time, with striking curves, or strakes, being added. These appeared over the rear wheel arches and on the bonnet, leading to an air vent. In 1959 work started on creating a slightly larger 541, which would be better suited to long-distance cruising. This car was to have an auto gearbox as standard and was wider and taller than its predecessor, and so was born the new 541S.

Delivered new to one Mr.  Holyrod in 1961, this late incarnation of the elegant 541 series is registered as car with a prefix 100 from a production run of 1017. The 100 denotes the 541S cars that were fitted with the automatic gearbox (102 for manual gearbox). The 1017 denotes that this car is no 17 in a production run that started at 1001 and ended at 1125  Of the 128 cars built, only 20 had manual gearboxes and one was delivered without engine or gearbox. There is a comprehensive file of correspondence between the owner and the factory from then until the car passed to the next owner. Accompanying the history file is the old style buff log book and a UK V5 registration certificate.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.

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