1971 Jensen FF MkII Factory Demonstrator For Sale
This outstanding Jensen FF MKII was supplied new in Metallic Quartz with Tan upholstery, and first registered on the 1st May 1971. EEA 455J was registered new to Jensen Motors Ltd, West Bromwich and was an official factory demonstrator car. We have Jensen paperwork to confirm the FF was loaned to Charles Follet Ltd on the 9th July 1971, A.R.D Garages (Cwmbran) Ltd on the 24th September 1971, and almost two months later it was loaned to Wilmslow Motors. On January 3rd 1972 with 1100 miles covered, Newbury Motors borrowed the FF for demonstration purposes before being invoiced by Jensen Motors to Charles Clark & Sons Ltd in Wolverhampton at a price of £5,444 on the 4th January 1972.
The Jensen stayed in the West Midlands throughout the 1970's, and in 1978 sold to Ironman Firegrates Ltd in Sutton Coldfield. In 1981 the FF sold again to a private owner who kept the car for almost 30 years, based initially in Bristol and then back in the West Midlands where the car has spent most of its life. In 2010 the Jensen was sold and moved to Northamptonshire where it spent five years during which £16,000 was spent on the car. Over the five-year period from 2010 to 2015 the Jensen brakes were overhauled and treated to re-conditioned calipers, discs, pads, flexi hoses and master cylinder. Wheel bearings were replaced, ball joints replaced, a new voltage regulator fitted, a new exhaust rear section fitted and the carburettor rebuilt. Further work included resealing the oil pump, fitting various new coolant hoses, new starter solenoid, new power steering hose, rectifying the faulty air-conditioning system, replacing drive belts, new HT leads and regular servicing. The gearbox was also serviced and treated to new selector shafts and new seals. Cosmetic improvements included thousands of pounds being spent sympathetically restoring the original correct and lovely Beige upholstery and fitting new front and rear bumpers at the cost of £1790 alone.
EEA 455J first arrived with us in 2018 with a mileage of 81,000 and had spent three years with a Harrogate based collector. Having been dry stored for three years, the Jensen was then subject of £25,000 of work. The FF was fully stripped down and treated to a full re-paint in its original colour of Metallic Quartz and bodywork to include new rear wheel arch sections and new front valance. The Jensen was mechanically overhauled and treated to new anti-roll bar bushes, spring eye suspension bushes, new shackle assembly, new ball joint boots, re-conditioned steering rack, re-conditioned brake servo, rebuilt braking system control unit, new oil cooler, new coolant hoses and the air-conditioning system was rebuilt and re-instated. The Jensen was treated to five new tyres, new mirrors, new seat belts, new window regulator and all serviced items replaced, ignition items replaced, and all lubricants changed.
Since being supplied by us in late 2018, the Jensen has been taken to the next level of detail. The recent owner has completed a comprehensive program of detailing and has ensured the car is in a condition where it can immediately compete at show level. Great expense has gone into sourcing a correct set of re-conditioned wheels, a genuine MKII FF handbook at a cost of £700 and many nuts and bolts replaced to ensure the highest standards of finish. The engine bay has been extensively detailed, as has the underside of the vehicle, inner wheel arches and boot compartment. The beautiful largely original upholstery has been stripped down, deep cleaned and put back together, and the FF returns to us in exceptional condition. The car is cosmetically outstanding, and the mechanical condition and performance, handling and general driving is first class in every respect, and the car has still covered less than 82000 miles from new.
The FF is an iconic motor car, launched in 1966 it was immediately voted Car of the Year by the Motoring Press due to its outstanding technical ability. FF, Ferguson Formula was the four wheel drive system developed by Harry Ferguson for racing cars that split the torque unequally between the front and rear wheels giving the car outstanding handling qualities for a GT car of this era. Combined with Dunlop Maxaret anti-lock braking, another first, this led pundits to call the FF the worlds safest car. Only 320 FF's were made before production ended in 1972, and just 107 MKII examples were ever made and many consider the MKII to be the ultimate model fitted with the sportier 6.3 litre V8 engine. Considering the rarity of this model, its fabulous original colour combination, recent re-commissioning work and of course the provenance of being a genuine factory demonstrator with low mileage and still retaining a great deal of originality, this car is no doubt a wonderful car to own, treasure and importantly enjoy with its amazing performance. The perfect grand tourer, this is an incredibly special car that has been taken up to a superb standard throughout.
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