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Frank Alan Jensen

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(Frank) Alan Jensen (1906-1994), automotive designer and maker of quality cars

1906 Born in Moseley, Birmingham, the son of Frank Arthur Jensen, Provision Merchant, and his wife Annie

c.1926 Teenagers (Frank) Alan Jensen and his brother Richard Jensen rebuilt a 3-year old Austin into a fast sports car, called Jensen Special Number One. This was seen by the chief engineer of Standard Motor Co who commissioned them to design the 2-seater Standard Avon, and in 1930 a coupe[1].

Alan joined the drawing office of Avon Bodies and created several designs for them[2]

1930 Director of Patrick-Jensen Motors, Ltd. Producing the hand-built Patrick-Jensen, on a Wolseley: Hornet chassis

The Jensen brothers formed an association with W. J. Smith and Sons, (West Bromwich Motor and Carriage Works), and formed Jensen Motors as a subsidiary.

1934 The business became Jensen Motors

1936 Formed Jensen Motors, Ltd., incorporating The West Bromwich Motor and Carriage Works

Went on to pioneer many novel features in production cars (and now found in modern cars) including disc brakes, overdrive, and fibreglass bodies.

Jensen cars were sold to many film stars and other famous people

1936 Joint Managing Director, Jensen Motors, to 1959.

1994 Died aged 87 in Brighton[3]

1994 Obituary.[4]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Oct 26, 1964
  2. The Times, Aug 26, 1976
  3. The Times, June 02, 1994
  4. Brooklands Society Gazette Vol 19. No 1. 1994
  • The Times, February 08, 1994