Lot 357 - 1965 Jensen C-V8, Mk. III
|Estimate||£22,000 - £25,000|
The Jensen C-V8 is a four-seater GT car produced between 1962 and 1966 and launched in October 1962. The C-V8 series had fibreglass bodywork (only the door skins were steel), as did the preceding 541 series. All C-V8's used big-block engines sourced from Chrysler; first the 361 then, from 1964, the 330bhp 383. Most of the cars had three-speed Chrysler Torqueflite automatic transmission although some were produced with a four-speed manual gearbox. While the majority of C-V8s were made in righthand drive, eight were made in lefthand drive. The car was one of the fastest production four-seaters of its era with the Mk. II being capable of 136mph and accelerating from 0-60mph in an impressive 6.7 seconds. The upgraded Mk. II, introduced in October 1963, had Selectaride rear dampers and minor styling changes. Changes on the Mk. III, the final version of the series which was introduced in June 1965, included a reduction in overall length, deeper windscreen, headlights all of the same size, improved interior ventilation, wood-veneer dashboard, the addition of overriders to the bumpers and a dual-circuit braking system. The model was discontinued in 1966 after a total production run of 500.
First registered on 31st December 1965, this C-V8 is a fine example of the 48 year old Jensen. With a history file dating back to 1968, it is easy to identify this as a much loved example. Supplied with the original green log book together with a V5 registration document and a full year's MoT test certificate, this maroon with grey leather trim Jensen C-V8 epitomises a luxury sports car of the 1960's. Good example C-V8's are becoming increasingly rare, and this is a perfect opportunity to purchase a useable and interesting classic sports car.
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.