The last of a marque.
The Jensen brothers started producing cars in the late 1920s with a transformation of the Austin Seven into an elegant long nosed sports car. A decade later they started using V8 engines to produce effortless performance. This led to the CV8, the Interceptor and the Jensen Healey before the demise of the company in 1976.
The Jensen 'name was resurrected 2 decades later by The Creative Group. Their aim was to produce. a classic British roadster which would reflect the brand pedigree and modem technology. The "Rio" glass fibre concept car was unveiled at the Motorshow 1998.
The prototypes with aluminum bodies, renamed "Vulcan" were difficult to manufacture so the body was switched to steel and renamed again to S- V8 - launched Aug 2001 at the new Jensen factory at Speke.
Order books were closed when they reached 300, the planned 1st years production. In the 2nd year 600 cars were planned including production of a less powerful V 6 model and a coupe.
Deliveries started Oct 2001 and 22 cars were delivered before bankruptcy July 2002.
The Jensen name and the prototype S-V8 Coupe were bought by Swiss Highland Automotive Ltd.
The S- V8 production line of 18 partly built cars (and spares) was bought by SV Automotive of Cirencester. They built 10 S- V8 roadsters in conjunction with Oselli ltd, who then proceeded to market the cars by inviting along press and motoring magazines to try the demo car 33 NOK. One such journalist was Tony Dron who produced a large article in the Sunday Telegraph motoring section raving about the car.
From this and other publications Oselli sold all 10 cars in just over two weeks.
The Jensen/government investment of £10m produced under 40 cars!
Today these cars seldom come on the market, but here we have for sale one of the last ten cars, which was sold by Oselli in 2004 to its first and only owner who enjoyed the spirited driving of the 4600 cc 32 valve quad cam Ford 'Cobra' V8 engine which was claimed to produce in excess of 325 BHP.
Weighing in at 1360kg, the car produced a 0 to 60 in sub 5 seconds with a claimed top speed 'restricted' to 155 MPH.
The car has full no expense spared service history with just 19040 miles from new.
So here is a chance to grab a legendary part of British motoring history.