Jensen was created by brothers Richard and Alan as a family coachbuilding firm in 1934. By 1936 Jensen built its own car by 1936, using Ford V8 engines. Post-war Jensens were large and impressive machines with the emphasis on grand touring.
After experimenting with glassfibre-bodied cars (the 541 and individualistic CV8), Jensen suddenly leapt to fame and some fortune with the iconoclastic Interceptor, powered by a Chrysler V8. It also built a less-successful but revolutionary four-wheel-drive and ABS-braked version, dubbed FF, but it couldn't repeat the success of the Interceptor - it was a conceptual predecessor to the 1980 Audi quattro. Despite a 1970s tie-up with Healey to build sports cars, bankruptcy struck in 1976.