Monday, September 14, 2009

1962 Jensen CV8 - Some Assembly Required...

The Jensen CV8 was an interesting car to begin with. This car is even more interesting...

Jensen introduced the CV8 in 1962. Jensen used a Chrysler V8 and "Torqueflight" transmission. (A few cars were fitted with a 4 speed manual transmission.) The bodies were made of fiberglass (except for the doors, which were metal) and, for their size, weighed relatively little. In their day they were one of the quicker coupes you could buy. 0-60 came in under 7 seconds and the car had a top speed of over 130 MPH. Styling was controversial, especially the angled headlights.

Only 500 CV8s were built, and of those, only 8 were left hand drive. That's what makes this car particularly interesting...

This car started life as a RHD example. The seller has converted it to LHD. There are some purists out there that will consider that an abomination, but, given that the car is in the US, I consider it logical and a selling point.

LHD or not, you won't be able to pick up this car and drive it home. The seller has started the restoration, but there's still a lot that needs to be done.

Much of the "tough stuff" has been done. The body has been restored and painted. The engine has been rebuilt and installed. The radiator, brake booster and master cylinder have been rebuilt or replaced. The car still needs a complete interior overhaul, some bushings, the windshield installed and some exterior trim installed. Not a weekend job, but certainly something that could be done in your own garage.

Being 1 of 500 built makes this car rare to begin with. Being in the US makes it rarer still. Having been converted to LHD makes this car more appealing to me, but may turn others off. It will be interesting to see what this car sells for.

Click here to see the listing for this car.

Click here to find a very well done and detailed history of the Jensen CV8.

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