Highlights of Previous Months' News
If you want to see what has been news in the 541 community in the past months, take a look below.
Each month I'll take the best of the news items and preserve them here. Happy Browsing!
50 not out!
It's 50 years since the first JOC meeting in 1971
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO...
...the 541 series? If you think Jensen planned to end the 541 name with the 541S, here's a reminder that the
replacement V8 with modified chassis was originally not going to be the C-V8.
It was going to be the 541 Centre Tube, or 541 CT,
reflecting the major change in chassis layout proposed by Kevin Beattie.
To prove it, see the original Jensen proposal below, clearly marked at the bottom as a 541 CT.
541 [NOW SOLD]
Terry Coggins of Bristol is selling his well-known 1956 Jensen 541, upgraded to Deluxe spec when restored in the '80s using 541R disc brakes.
WHERE? WHAT? WHEN?
Occasionally pictures emerge of a 541 that I am unable to identify.
The car shown here was photographed around a decade ago,
when it was not particulary valuable, but with recent rising prices it must be a good candidate for a full restoration.
Losing track of time in the garage? Need a reminder of when to come in?
What you need is a genuine reproduction 541R speedo effect clock.
It uses a printed image to give the impression of the Jensen dashboard -
show everyone how mankind has evolved with this 541 themed T-shirt.
ILLINOIS REBUILD Concours Winner
Picture credits: Vintage Sports Car Inc., Woodstock, IL
The finshed car has now scooped a trophy at the Milwaukee Concours for Best Post War Sports Car:
Click on the image to enlarge it.
Picture credit: Mike Wiviott for Milwaukee Concours d'Elegance
I personally love the painted wire wheels.
KEEP ON RUNNING Castrol Advert
Back in the 1970s Castrol was promoting the long-life properties of its engine oil.
One of the cars chosen to illustrate this was Jensen 541 deluxe YXA 202, which had clocked up 180,000 miles at the time.
This was during a period when many engines were clapped out after 80,000 miles.
In the group shot below, the owner proudly leans against the car.
CARS ON STREETS Answers on a postcard
I've come across a fascinating website that shows old photos of cars on postcards, but only (in an eccentric twist) "where the car is incidental."
VIDEO CLIP: GOING DUTCH
A handsome 1960 541R, previously in Switzerland, features in this very professional video by Netherlands trader "The Gallery". Practice your Dutch!
Media personality and ace mechanic Fuzz Townshend had been aiming to thin his classics collection down to an
Austin 7 special and his 541 by this Christmas.
Scale model expert David Wright writes:
I can confirm, that Matrix Scale Models do plan to release another 541S, in a different colour.
I've given them an image of another member's car, in cranberry red, with wire wheels, suggesting this,
so look out for this one being released before too long.
Also, they want to produce a fine scale model of the 541 too,
and are debating at present whether to make a 541, a 541R or a De Luxe.
I recently came across this image, which appeared on a collectors' card series in the 1960s.
The red colour may well be retouched.
It seems to me that Jensen would not have travelled far to take their publicity shots
- does anyone recognise this park location in the Sandwell area?
Sometimes an item on the Forum is so useful it qualifies as a "Sticky" and that post is always kept at the top of the page.
At the moment, we have some useful chassis drawings for the 541R and a photos of all the parts that make up a carpet set for the 541R and 541S - thanks to Dave Turnage for the huge job of photographing these.
TUNED 541 HITS THE MARKET Record price?
Back in 2010 Malcolm Verey required an historic GT car suitable for use in a pre 63 GT series
and at both "Master's Gentleman Drivers" and the Goodwood Revival.
After much research a suitable Jensen 541R was found in a somewhat dilapidated condition in a
French barn but with British registration No WLC 422.
Picture credit: Chris Reed
An invitation to the Goodwood Revival in 2013 was very welcome,
particularly since Malcolm had known the circuit since the Sixties.
He was delighted with 5th in practice, pipping two Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France cars
and ahead of the Astons! Sadly, a bad start dropped the car to 6th in the race,
with one of the Ferraris nearly within reach.
The car also competed at the Goodwood 72 Members Meeting in March 2014
beating strong competition from Big Healeys, Aston DB2s and a Ferrari.
REPLACEMENT CYLINDER HEADS Pricey, Unique
Aluminium CNC machined cylinder heads, developed from the one in the above article, are available from Denis Welch Motorsport
in bare, standard or fast road versions at prices up to £5,950.00 plus VAT. Jensen specialists may be able to stock the part as well.
BONNET FLAPS Not Unique?
One proud boast of early 541 owners in that they have a "unique" moveable bonnet flap
which can be altered from inside the car. (541S owners have a moveable radiator blind instead).
I'd not come across another until I read of the Toyota Sports 800 (1965-69).
This cute small sports car, sold only in Japan, also had an internal control and moveable grille shutter.
Picture credit: Toyota
The overall effect is not as startling as with the 541, as the external grille elements do not move with the flap,
making it hard to notice.
SPRING 2015 SPRING 2015
WESLAKE CYLINDER HEADS Something special?
Picture credit: AJ Cassar
Those new to 541 ownership often clean the dirt off an engine and discover mysterious writing on the cylinder head
- "Weslake". Knowing of Weslake's involvement with F1 and LeMans, they assume they have something special;
a tuned engine perhaps? Sadly not, but the true story is still interesting.
VIDEO CLIP: FRENCH OUTING
Worth watching the whole video, but if you want to see the 541 you can skip to 3 minutes 30 seconds, and practice your French skills.
This car is apparently currently for sale!