Lot 247 - 1960 12951 541R

Lot 247 - 1960 12951 541R

Lot 247 - 1960 12951 541R

Lot Number 247
Registration 541 BGA
Chassis Number 541R4796011
Engine Number 4011020
Odometer reading 64,160 miles
Estimate £36,000 - £42,000
Result Sold - £41,440

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 bodywork was mostly aluminium but as an experiment, Jensen had started making the large boot lids in a revolutionary material formed from hair-thin glass embedded in a resinous gel; glass fibre. The body was designed by Eric Neale in conjunction with Richard Jensen. First, he 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 exhibited at the 1953 Motor Show but there was one trick left up Jensen's sleeve; production cars were to be constructed of glass fibre.  The first few production cars are just known as the 541. As production increased, the options available increased, and a package incorporating the best extras was applied to the car 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 exceptional Jensen 541R was originally registered on 1st July 1960 to Charles Connell & Co. Ltd. in Glasgow. Only a few 541's remain in existence today and to find a delightful example such as 541 BGA is very rare. Finished in green with beige leather trim, this Jensen benefits from having a substantial history file as well as a recent service. Known to the Jensen Owners Club, it is thought to be one of only five remaining examples to have retained its original specification and identity including the 541 BGA registration number. The 3993cc, six cylinder, triple S.U. carburettor engine purrs effortlessly and the vendor describes the car as being superb to drive. Supplied with a V5 registration document and an MoT test certificate valid until 25th June, 2014, this stylish Jensen 541R could prove to be a sound investment.

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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