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2008 Archive

1952 - Jensen's idea for the future Austin sports car

Cars of the Month for 2008

by Keith » Sat Dec 06, 2008 8:21 pm

1952. Austin and Morris merged and formed BMC. Lord Nuffield (Morris) obviously favoured MG and his idea of future sports car policy became the MGA. Leonard Lord (Austin) asked Jensen Motors to come up with some designs, based on current Austin mechanicals.

Jensen's Chief of Body design, Eric Neale, submitted a modern design based on a new cruciform chassis, with very stylish open (and later closed) two-seater bodywork. As luck would have it, the car was not ready for the October Motor Show, Leonard Lord saw Healey's new sports car on display, and he did a deal with Donald Healey for the future Austin-Healey sports car.

But the Jensen protype survives and has recently changed hands. Hopefully the new owner will join the forum?


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by Dave Perkins » Sat Dec 06, 2008 9:45 pm

Well done with the photos Keith, It is good to see the early cars are still around
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by Jens » Sun Dec 07, 2008 1:01 am

My 7th door is open and what do I see?

A luvely red car - thank you, Santa Keith .... :lol: :lol: :lol:

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by Marquita-Jensens » Sat Feb 07, 2009 2:55 pm

Marquita Says:

Keith wrote:Jensen's Chief of Body design, Eric Neale, submitted a modern design based on a new cruciform chassis, with very stylish open (and later closed) two-seater bodywork.


--It's interesting to see how "modern" things turn into unique vintage things.


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by topcataviator » Sat Feb 07, 2009 4:01 pm

Hi Marquita,

Welcome to the Forum!

Any Jensens?

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