A mystery Jensen

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Sir,
I have recently acquired a 1935 Ford or Jensen V8 four-seater tourer, with the intention of restoring it. Registration number EA 6868, chassis number C-18-UF-2142, body number 3164.

I wrote to Jensen Motors and they seem to think it is a prototype of their Jensen “S” series, but I have my doubts about this, as it is registered as a Ford.

It is nothing like the Jensen “S” shown in photographs they sent me of this model. I believe that previous to their own car, they built custom bodies on such cars as the Ford V8, etc., and I wonder if this could be one of these. It seems to be standard V8, apart from hydraulic brakes and disc wheels (these may not be original) and Andre shock-absorbers adjustable from the dashboard. It has an all aluminium body except for front wings and running boards, spare wheel mounted on the bootlid, a cast aluminium remote gear-change with Jensen cast into the end of it, both Jensen and V8 badges.

J. Dunch.
Norwich