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Sale Date: 5th July 2012

Lot Number: 14
1965 Jensen CV8 MKIII

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Sold For £39,200

Reg Number:FUH 10C
Chassis Number:112/2369
Engine Number:229/4V
Body Colour: California Sage
Trim Colour:Mushroom
MOT ExpiryDate:June 2013

The 'slant-eyed' C-V8 was launched in October 1962 as successor to the visually similar 541. Penned by Eric Neale in consultation with the Jensen brothers, it sported a fiberglass body equipped with a pair of aluminium doors. This was affixed to an advanced, twin-tube chassis designed by Kevin Beattie and powered by a 5.9-litre Chrysler V8 engine. With 305bhp on tap, the newcomer was capable of over 130mph. The MKII C-V8 introduced just a year later boasted still more performance, courtesy of Chrysler's legendary 330bhp 6.3-litre V8. It also featured the addition of Selectaride adjustable rear dampers. The final iteration (the MKIII) was phased in during June 1965 and was notable for: the provision of dual circuit braking, a reduction in the car's overall length, deeper windscreen, commonising of the headlamp size, improved ventilation, wood-veneer facia and the addition of bumper overriders.

The right-hand drive sale car is a 1965 MKIII model finished in California Sage and trimmed in Mushroom-coloured leather. The vendor informs us that it was restored to near concours condition over a five year period, since when it has covered a mere 2,000 miles. He now describes the bodywork and paintwork as "immaculate" the V8 engine as "overhauled" and the automatic transmission as "good". 'FUH 10C' is MOT'd into June 2013.

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