1956 Jensen 541



Year 1956
Make Jensen
Model 541
Transmission Manual
Exterior colour Gunmetal Grey
Interior colour Black Leather


It is rare that we come across a car that ticks all of the boxes in terms of provenance and condition, and this Jensen 541 is one of those cars. It has been with the same custodian since 1967 (57 years of ownership!) and during that time the car has been meticulously cared for with a fully documented programme of works carefully carried out to keep the car in superb condition. The Jensen 541 is a rare car with just 197 cars having been built with an estimated 57 cars surviving today. It was the first full fibre glass car to be produced.

This is a matching numbers car in its original colour scheme of gun metal grey. There is an extensive file several inches thick documenting all works carried out on the car and you will find within the photographs above a three page summary of the main works carried out. This includes a complete engine strip down and a total body refurbishment by a specialist restoration company in 1989 when the car was stripped back to its gel coat and any repairs were carried out prior to a re-paint. A new wiring loom has also been fitted and the interior seats restored where necessary. Please do look at the summary which is displayed among the photographs for a full break down. In October 2023 the car was given to a classic car specialist restorer to go through the car and carry out a full recommission check with any works carried out that were needed. The total cost of this work was approximately £6,000 and this included a strip down of the brakes, fitment of a new brake servo and a recore for the radiator. The car was raised to a high standard so that an MOT could be issued and that expires in October of this year.

The owner has lavished a lot of time and money on this car although for the last 35 years or so he has chosen not to use it on the roads, but simply keep the maintenance up and the car ready for the when the time came to part with it. The car has not been used in the rain since 1970 and it has always been stored in a dry garage. At the time of the body refurbishment in 1989 the sill covers were removed so that the chassis could be inspected and it was given a clean bill of health by the restoration company at the time. The chassis rails were also injected with Waxoyl to ensure they remain well preserved.

The history file provides a full story of everything that has happened to this car since 1968. This includes period photographs and old MOTs dating back to 1965. The original buff log book comes with the car which shows the name of the current custodian. There is a fair amount of technical data along with an instruction book. There is also a large number of invoices relating to all of the restoration work carried out over the years. All of the old registration documents are also in the file. Importantly the car still retains its original registration number.

The car runs as it should and everything is functioning. It shows excellent oil pressure and as the photographs will demonstrate the gun metal grey finish looks very good on the car. There are some very minor areas where the paint finish is showing its age, but there are no cracks or other problem areas which can arise with this type of bodywork. It really is a superb looking car and if you are seeking a 541 we very much doubt you will find a better example with the provenance this car has. There are few cars out there which have had the same custodian for the best part of 60 years! Please call for further details.

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