Jensen 1936 

3½-Litre (V8 cyl, 3622 cc Ford)


 

The first cars built by the Jensen brothers were not badged with their name. In 1928 they built up an Austin Seven special and later another on a Standard chassis. During 1931 they were in business with J.A. Patrick of Selly Oak Birmingham, as Patrick Jensen Motors Ltd, but the firm was dissolved at the end of the year.
The brothers then joined a West Bromwich coachbuilber W.J. Smith & Son. at the behest of a customer and part-owner of the firm, grocer Gorge Mason. They were able to improve Smith's production of commercial bodies, and soon began dabbling in sports bodies for cars. By 1933 their bodies were being offered on Morris, Singer, STANDARD and Wolseley chassis. and Ford had catalogued their 'Mistral' bodies on the 8hp chassis, offered through the Birmingham dealer, Bristol Street Motors. The next year the name of the Smith firm was changed to Jensen Motors Ltd.
A series of Model 40 Ford V8s as bodied and outfitted for the 1934 Tourist Trophy race at Ards in Northern Ireland, although the cars did not make a notable showing. But that autumn a Jensen Special Ford V8, with Iowered sports tourer body was shown at Ford's 'alternative' motor show at the Royal Albert Hall. Fewer than 30 replicas were built over the next three years, on Ford Models 40, 48 and 68 chassis, and a few were shipped to the USA, including one ordered by screen idol Clark Gable, who ultimately decided not to consummate his purchase.

The Jensen 3½-Litre appeared in the motoring press in October 1936. Built on modified Ford chassis supplied through M.B.K. Motors, an enterprise of Lt Col J.T.C. Moore-Brabazon and Harold Kahn, the cars featured an extended wheelbase and dropped suspension, both patterned after a design of Ford designer E.T. Gregorie. Offered in saloon, tourer and drophead models, the cars have been retrospectively designated S-types, after their chassis serial numbers. Styling in the classic English fashion and the bodies carefully coachbuilt by the Jensen's craftsmen. The cars sold for from £645 to £765. depending on body style.