Jensen’s new GT packs a supercharged 6.4-litre V8

21 March, 2015

Jensen Motors were perhaps best known for their Interceptor and FF models, British GT coupes powered by big Chrysler V8s, before the Jensen marque was relegated to the dusty ranks of history in 1976. Though a revival was made near the close of the 20th century, it was short-lived, and the company collapsed in 2002.

The company began automotive manufacture in 1934, and now, nearly 80 years later, their name is making a reappearance, attached to the new Jensen GT. The revival of the Jensen name is the doing of industry stalwart Tim Hearley, saying, “This represents the next chapter of Jensen and, as we look to the future, we want Jensen enthusiasts to help us celebrate as we unveil a completely new car and outline our plans for the future.”

The Jensen Group is currently working to launch the Interceptor 2 in 2016, but until the all-new car is revealed, the Jensen GT will fill that gap quite nicely. Clay-model images for the Jensen GT reveal a modern take on the Interceptor’s lines, though the engine is no longer a Chrysler offering — instead, a GM (presumably LS-based) 6.4-litre supercharged, alloy V8, featuring fuel injection, VVT (variable valve timing), and dry-sump lubrication, through either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. The substantial powerplant’s output is stated to be 665hp, and 630lb·ft.

The suspension and brakes are said to be derived from the short-lived Jensen SV-8, comprising double wishbone suspension and multi-piston brakes. A spaceframe chassis with composite and aluminium body panels bring Jensen’s structural touches into the modern era, and promise a truly refreshing, modern GT. We look forward to seeing further progress on this modern British icon.

Travelling companion

It’s easy to see why the Morris Minor Traveller was one of the best-loved variants of the Morris Minor. Introduced in 1953, it was equipped with the same independent torsion bar front suspension, drum brakes, and rack and pinion steering as its saloon sibling but, with their foldable rear seat increasing versatility, many Travellers were used as trade vehicles, says Derek Goddard. Derek and Gail Goddard, the owners of this superbly restored example, have run Morris Minors since before they were married in 1974.
“Our honeymoon vehicle was a blue Morris Minor van — it was a rust bucket,” says Derek.

Super Leicht Gullwing

It’s fair to say that nothing much in the classic Mercedes world gets past Mercedes-Benz Club stalwart Garry Boyce so it wasn’t surprising to learn that around 15 years ago he had sniffed out an extremely rare 300SL lightweight Gullwing as well as a 1958 300SL Roadster hiding away in the Waikato. The cars were not for sale but Garry eventually managed to persuade the owner to allow him and his restoration team to take a look at the Roadster. They discovered a very distressed but largely unmolested car. The car was so original that the body had never been off the chassis, meaning most of the parts and fittings were still present and correct, as they had been fitted by the factory.