1958 Jensen 541 Deluxe
Coys Auction – London, England
October 29, 2016
This Jensen 541 Deluxe was manufactured in 1958 to the new Deluxe specification which included all the optional extras as standard. This featured the latest Dunlop caliper disc brakes, as raced by Jaguars at Le Mans, on all wheels and was the first British saloon car to be so equipped.
The present owner bought this car in 2012 and it seems to have been stored in dry conditions for about 20 years. The car was a bare shell until all parts had been checked, replaced when necessary, repaired where possible and eventually reassembled in a correct fashion while the engine was completely rebuilt and tuned. A new, Maserati-sourced, leather interior is enhanced by a non-standard wood dash. The glass fiber body on a tubular steel chassis is in excellent condition and sports an unrestored paint exterior professionally done by a previous owner.
The drivetrain is an Austin 3993cc, 6-cylinder engine with a 4-speed manual gearbox with Laycock de Normanville overdrive. It’s using 3 SU carburetors and twin s/s exhaust. The engine gives about 165 bhp at 3800rpm and plenty of torque.
There were 53 known examples of the 541 Deluxe model manufactured between 1957 and 1959 out of a total of 226 541s built. This particular 541 is the current holder of the JOC’s “Best in Class” Cup.