Lot 229 - 1964 12951 C-V8, Mk. II
|Odometer reading||43,000 miles|
|Result||Sold - £16,240|
The Jensen C-V8 is a hugely elegant four-seat GT produced between 1962 and 1966 and had fibreglass bodywork (only the door skins were steel), as did the preceding 541 series. All C-V8s used big-block engines sourced from Chrysler; first the 361ci 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. It was one of the fastest production four-seaters of its era with the Mk. II capable of 136mph and acceleration from 0 - 60mph in an impressive 6.7 seconds. The upgraded Mk. II also had Selectaride rear dampers and minor styling changes. The model was discontinued in 1966 after a total production run of 500.
This example is finished in green with tan leather interior. It was restored in the 1990's at a cost of over £40,000 and still presents well, but not perfectly, today. It runs and drives very well and the chassis also appears to have been fully restored with no signs of rust. Orchard View Classics have recently undertaken some remedial work including a carburettor rebuild, the fitting of twin thermostatically controlled fans and a brand new exhaust system, sourced from Cropredy Bridge. It is also supplied with an MoT test certificate valid until December 2014. This is every inch a gentleman's driver with characteristics of a grand tourer. Elegant and hard to find today.
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