With robust performance and elegant style, this rare Jensen tourer pairs beautiful English coachwork with reliable American V8 power. A fabulous choice for tours or rallies with friends.
This immensely charming 1937 Jensen S-Type is one of just five known survivors to wear this distinctive dual-cowl tourer coachwork. Recently out of a large collection of rare and unique automobiles, it presents in very good condition with a lovely, care-worn, older restoration. The history of “AHS 389” was extensively researched by one of its previous owners, who went to great lengths to confirm this car’s early history, as well as the stories of the owners themselves. The history file occupies two large binders, but the basic story is that the car was originally registered in 1937 to John Woodrow & Sons Builders, of Bridge of Weir, in the lowlands of Scotland. John Woodrow himself had died a year earlier, so it was likely his youngest son Jimmy that bought the car and registered it in the business name. Jimmy enjoyed a number of fine cars that included an XK120, XK140 and an Aston Martin DB5.
It appears the Jensen remained in Scotland for many years, and it was discovered there in the early 1980s on a farm by a Canadian Jensen dealer named Blair Hamilton. Hamilton recognized the importance of the car, and he made a deal to buy it. Once in Canada he entrusted the restoration to the highly respected restorer Ed Arnold of Vancouver, British Columbia. The original Ford flathead had long since parted ways with the chassis, so Arnold sourced a similar but more powerful Mercury flathead from the mid-1940s. The body was rebuilt and painted in this distinct orange and brown livery, which suits the car quite well and remains in surprisingly good condition considering the restoration is approaching 35 years old. The body itself is a wonderful design, a graceful four-seat tourer with an enclosed, rear-mounted spare, folding windscreen, dual Brooklands Aeroscreens for the rear passengers and a unique single nearside rear door with hinged rear cowl for easy access to the back seat. The body features a host of interesting period accessories, such as a Raydot spot light, chrome trumpet horns, Lucas “Cat Eye” headlights and a fabulous Eagle mascot topping the radiator shell. Like the body, the chrome remains in good condition overall, and while it appears a bit care-worn in places, it is well suited to the overall feel of this well-loved and cherished automobile……………………………….