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This Jensen 541 Fits Right

What would cause a man to leave Italy to find a gorgeous classic car?
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Andrew Macpherson
Andrew Macpherson
7 years ago

What an absolutely fabulous little clip, bravo to the team that made it!

A friend sent me the link because I grew up in a very Jensen heavy family, at one point my dad had 6 of them. He loved them, and for a while was even president of the Jensen Owners Club. All through my childhood I loved the 541 best of all of them because I thought it the most beautiful. Ours was silver-red, and it was actually my mums car, but this deep blue and cream is simply stunning. My passion for my own ‘keeper car’, the BMW Z8, is squarely routed in its echoes of the 541 & the CV8. My Jensen memories are from almost fifty years ago, and I’ve been living in California for the last twenty five, so haven’t seen any Jensen for a very, very long time. Thanks for a lovely trip down memory lane.

Stephen Carter
Stephen Carter
7 years ago

I met your father at a Jensen Owners’ Club event, but all we talked about were Skodas! A great chap.

Your Dad’s 1950s Interceptor is now in a museum in North London, having been carefully restored.

Do visit us at our Summer Jensen International event if you are ever in the UK at the time.

RiccardoG
RiccardoG
7 years ago

Thats [url=”http://www.castelfrancoveneto.it/villa-corner-della-regina/”]villa “Corner Della Regina”[/url] in Castelfranco Veneto, a beautiful villa.

I’ll keep my eyes out for the blue Jensen next time I’m in the area!

David Ancona
David Ancona
7 years ago

How nice it is to see these cars getting the recognition they deserve, I am lucky enough to have owned one for over 20 years, (now nearing the end of a very long rebuild). One great feature for modern road conditions is the all round disc brakes on the 541 De Luxe version and the R & S variants, with the torque from the Austin lump they also are incredibly flexible, hardly need a gearbox !
Due to the relatively low number built (226 541’s) they are much rarer than the contemporary Jags etc. and are still much more affordable than the rival Astons of that era, and they look better !!!

Nige Honey
Nige Honey
7 years ago

Jensen 541 and Mazda Miata in a row. Perfect for me! I have a Jensen Interceptor III and a NA Miata (MX-5 here!) so I do #DriveTastefully every day! (sorry terrible photo, all I have on me at the moment)

Meliambro001
Meliambro001
3 years ago
Reply to  Nige Honey

Except you can’t be a tasteful driver with a Miata, of all the options you could think of…….An original T-bird, in fact, has more taste.

Dennis White
Dennis White
7 years ago

This gentleman comparing in Italian this splendid car with a beautiful woman… poetry!

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
7 years ago

Lovely to see it driving in Italy it fits right in, usually only spotted in the English countryside.

These are still great value for a proper four seat 1950s GT car, quite quick and cheap to look after with all those Austin parts.

Just been looking them up and I didn’t realise out of the 546 produced only one or two were LHD so you have to make do.

Franje
Franje
7 years ago

Ma che bella macchina!! I don’t know which is more gorgeous, the house or the car, but the 2 of them together make a stunning photo.

How did you find out about Gianfranco?

Martin James
Martin James
7 years ago

Talk about ‘ Stump the Grump ‘ ! This little beauty sure had me fooled until I read the text and watched the video ! Che bela machina !

Jensen ! I’ve always said had Broccoli/Saltzman put 007 in a Jensen rather than an Aston for the films it’d be Jensen still hanging on for dear life today with Aston Martin having been relegated to the annals of history . And in light of cars like the Jensen FF ? I kind of wish they would of

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange
7 years ago
Reply to  Martin James

The most recent Bond Novel ‘Solo’ by William Boyd and set in the late sixties does have Bond driving both an FF and an Interceptor Series 2 at various points in the book. Reading the Bond Novels, Fleming seems to have been a bit of a hot rodder at heart and I reckon the Interceptor with it’s big American V8 would have appealed to him.