Papers of Jensen Motors Ltd

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Agreements, 1936-1949; various financial records, including 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

As motor manufacturers, the firm dates from 1935/6, the Jensen brothers having earlier experiences as coachbuilders, in which role they took over the firm of W.J. Smith and Sons. For a time in the post-war period, lorry manufacture, begun in 1939, was added to the production of high class cars. 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.


The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme. For further details of the scheme, see It is compatible with ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description (2000).

Conditions Governing Access

A thirty year closure period applies to these papers.

Acquisition Information

Through the co-operation of the Business Records Advisory Service, selected records were received from the Official Receiver in 1980.

Other Finding Aids

A copy of this collection-level description is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom. A file level catalogue is also available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom, at the National Register of Archives in London and in Chadwyck-Healey's National Inventory of Documentary Sources.

An authority record exists for Jensen Motors Ltd (GB 152 AAR2216).

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


Further deposits are not expected.

Corporate Names