Jensen Motors Ltd

Scope and Content

Agreements, 1936-1949; various financial records, includes monthly analysis of sales and production costs, 1947-1958, general ledgers, 1951-1967, papers relating to annual accounts, including stock details, c. 1957-1971, purchase balances, 1972-1973; correspondence relating to projects, suppliers and other firms in the industry, c. 1969-1974.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Jensen brothers began their business as coachbuilders, when they took over the firm of W.J. Smith and Sons. They became motor manufacturers in 1935/6 and began lorry manufacture in 1939. This aspect of manufacture was replaced by subcontract work.

After both brothers had resigned as a result of ill-health, the company was successively owned by the Norcros Group, William Brandt, the merchant bankers and the Californian business man Kjell Qvale. The firm went into liquidation in 1976.

Reference: Catalogue to the collection.

Access Information

This collection is available to researchers by appointment at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick. See

Acquisition Information

Selected records were received from the Official Receiver in 1980 following assistance from the Business Records Advisory Service .

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Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law.

Appraisal Information

This collection has been weeded for duplicates


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