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Jensen 541/CV-8

Jensen 541/CV-8 Published: 15th Apr 2016 - 0 Comments - Be the first, contribute now!

Jensen 541/CV-8
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This 50’s Jensen was the closest rival to the Alvis and Bristol when they were contemporary and has much to commend it, especially if you view the fibreglass-bodied 541 range as a family-focused Big Healey (which coincidentally shares a fair number of mechanical parts if not the same sixcylinder engine). A massive Austin 4-litre engine powers the Jensen in a similar but lazier style their tall gearing makes them superb long-leged GTs, and surprisingly economical ones, too. Meat in the 541 and Interceptor sandwich is the CV-8 which is a bit of both and perhaps offers the best of both having the style of the earlier Jensen (as well as a GRP body) and the V8 might of the Interceptor.

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