Alan and Richard Jensen renamed their commercial and sports car coachbuilding business from WJ Smith and Sons to Jensen Motors Ltd in 1934. That company traded until 1976, when it stopped. Trading resumed in 1998, but the brand was finally dissolved in 2011.Worsbroodjies & Footlongs
The Jensens made their name as coach-builders for major companies as well as their own cars, but using components from other manufacturers such as Ford, Austin and Chrysler.
This article is more concerned with cars that Jensen designed and built. Their activities in creating mobile masterpieces will be covered elsewhere on this site.
After WWII, and despite a shortage of sheet metal and components the Jensens built their first Post war car – The 1946 Jensen PW. Eric Neale, body designer from Wolseley joined Jensen and designed and developed the first Interceptor in 1950. This model continued until 1957.In 1955 Jensen launched the 541 which was then quite revolutionary with it’s fibreglass body. This car was in production until the end of 1962 when it was replaced by the C-V8 which used a 6 litre Chrysler V8 engine, an upgrade from the straight 6 Austin engine.
In 1966 the new Jensen Interceptor with its huge wrap around rear window went into production. Jensen also built a few convertible and a few very rare coupes. The back window was hinged and one could say it was one of the first hatchbacks.
The Westrand Car Show is a Classic Car Show. TO QUALIFY FOR ENTRANCE TO A COMPETITIVE CLASS, VEHICLES MUST HAVE BEEN BUILT OR REGISTERED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 1999 OR EARLIER. Only the first 180 QUALIFYING vehicles will receive a commemorative medallion. Any newer vehicle is welcome to be entered as a “non-competitive vehicle” and to be placed on show just because of “the spirit of motoring” and the desire to share the joy that your wheels bring you, with all of the rest of us. See the list of classes below and the entrance form. Remember its a fun day, so don’t take it too seriously.
Non-Competitive vehicles may enter at the gate on the day.Competition Classes Enter Your Vehicle
The Westrand Car Show is an alcohol-free event and any person found to have in their possession or to be consuming alcohol will not be admitted and/or will be asked to leave the premises of Dr. Havinga School.
Die Westrand Car Show is ‘n klassieke motorskou. OM TE KWALIFISEER VIR TOEGANG tot ‘n kompeterende klas, moet voertuie vir die eerste keer in 1999 of vroeër gebou of geregistreer word. Slegs die eerste 180 KWALIFISERENDE voertuie sal ‘n gedenkmedalje ontvang. Enige nuwer voertuig is welkom om as ‘n “nie-mededingende voertuig” ingeskryf te word, en dit net te danke aan” die gees van motor” en die begeerte om die vreugde wat u wiele vir u bring, saam met ons almal te deel. Kyk na die lys van klasse hierbo en die ingangsvorm. Onthou, dis ‘n pret dag moenie dit te ernstig opneem.
Nie-mededingende voertuie mag op die dag by die hek inteken.
Die Westrand Car Show is ‘n alkoholvrye gebeurtenis, en enige persoon wat bevind dat hy in besit is en/of alkohol inneem, sal nie toegelaat word nie en/of gevra sal word om die perseel van die Dr. Havinga skool te verlaat.
1964 Jensen CV8 – Charles01 [CC BY-SA 3.0
1952 Jensen Interceptor – Charles01 [CC BY-SA 3.0
1960 Jensen 541R – Andrew Bone from Weymouth, England [CC BY 2.0
1973 Jensen Interceptor S – SG2012 [CC BY 2.0
1998 -2001 JensenS – V8 – Brian Snelson from Hockley, Essex, England
1938 Jensen 3.5 litre – Malcolma at English Wikipedia [Public domain]