1965 Jensen C-V8 - Jay Leno’s Garage

After lusting over this rare English sports car for decades, Jay has finally acquired one and contends that this is what Bond should have driven!
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1965 Jensen C-V8 - Jay Leno’s Garage
Jay Leno's Garage



  • Mr Leno , you have a lot of face to wash but your ability to communicate your love of automobiles , is infectious

    ImoBCOImoBCOPřed 16 hodinami
  • It's beautiful...somehow.

    *TheVoxOfReason**TheVoxOfReason*Před 19 hodinami
  • My Favorite car that you own so far would absolutely love that car

    Craig BurnsCraig BurnsPřed dnem
  • interior is gorgeous kinda like my nb miata. highest quality interior.

    Noel EbbertNoel EbbertPřed dnem
  • Hello Jay, You Ask What I Think? It's Class With A Sparkle. I Wish I Had One. All The Best Jay, John

    John GarrettJohn GarrettPřed dnem
  • Stunning! I just love it!

    Bryan JohnsonBryan JohnsonPřed 2 dny
  • Hey Jay! I'm glad you finally got to get your hands on this car. My grandfather was the chief of design at Jensen and designed this car along with the 541.

    Spencer NealeSpencer NealePřed 2 dny
  • The electric switch for the gas cap? Safety issue?

    Dave and Karyn VassDave and Karyn VassPřed 2 dny
    • What a way to go! You’d always be associated with rare sports cars.

      Bruce SolomonBruce SolomonPřed dnem
  • Very cool. I’d not seen this car before. Exceptional interior. I see why you like it. The front end looks like they had three competing designs and ended up just slamming them together.

    MrBadgasMrBadgasPřed 3 dny
  • It's a beautiful car, if a bit---quirky(?) One year, in the early '60s, I drove from my home west of Milwaukee, WI, up to Elkhart Lake for the June Sprints. In those days, the route I drove took me through a rather rich little community north of Milwaukee (Mequon? Thiensville?), where I passed a used car lot with lots of foreign cars. A sleek-looking 2-seater fastback coupe caught my eye so I parked my MGB and walked over to look at it. It was beautifully proportioned, with a fiberglass body with the usual crazing of the paint and the interior looked a little worse for wear, but I really liked it. Someone told me it was a Jensen, with a Triumph TR-3 engine and drive line and running gear. It was still there when I drove up to the Road America 500 and I looked it over again, finding it a little dingier, specially inside. I've never seen another and I can't seem to find anything on it on the internet, so maybe I was misinformed, so can anyone enlighten me?

    OldenweeryOldenweeryPřed 4 dny
  • Beautiful. I’ve always liked these cars as well. I find them to be very interesting. So glad we get to see and learn about a car that’s just very rare these days.

    Steven TamberinoSteven TamberinoPřed 4 dny
  • I test drove one of these in the late 80s at Cropredy Bridge. Big regret that I didn't buy it! A very quick car indeed, By the way, when comparing it to the Interceptor, you're thinking of the lazy mid 70s mark III interceptor with the emission controlled 440. The mark I interceptor is mechanically pretty much identical to the mark III CV8, just a little slower due to the extra weight.

    Andrew DaleAndrew DalePřed 4 dny
  • As an American, I love American V8 engines. Seeing, the our English speaking homies across the pond over there. Using an American V8 almost brings a tear to my eye, almost. (:

    ricky vricky vPřed 5 dny
  • Still waiting for the SM!

    Ole KristensenOle KristensenPřed 5 dny
  • Nicest jensen by far from Gavin (UK)

    Gavin EllebyGavin EllebyPřed 5 dny
  • gorgeous!

    J Fred KnoblochJ Fred KnoblochPřed 6 dny
  • Jay thanks for sharing this beautiful piece of history. The interior is timeless and the design is outstanding. It’s something that is affordable for someone like me and would love to get my hands on this beautiful vehicle. Love your passion for automobiles and your vast knowledge

    Hassan AHassan APřed 6 dny
  • I didn't like the head lights, tail lights some what and all the other lights on it. I thought it was too much and bug eyed. It looked very weird to me. Other than that I loved the car and everything else. Interior was ahead of it's time. Seeing the gorgeous leather seats I thought I was looking at a modern style of of car's seats from the either this year 2019 or very recent.

    Steve The ManSteve The ManPřed 6 dny
  • I love Jensen’s cars they are beautiful and so cool!

    Ollie O'ConnorOllie O'ConnorPřed 7 dny
  • I didn't catch the color, very rich-looking. Help me find a living kidney donor, search Donor4Luis for more info.

    Luis BandaLuis BandaPřed 8 dny
  • Great video Jay. Many thanks. Nice car. If you read the comments(!), yes, we car-nuts and bike-nuts love all vehicles, and interesting and unusual cars - of which you have many. So we like seeing your cars. Show us more! Many thanks once again for your enthusiasm, in helping to keep our 'car-enthusiasts' hobby going, with your great video content! Kudos.

    john collymorejohn collymorePřed 8 dny
  • Before watching this video I knew the Jensen name but did not know much about the actual car. With the English styling combined with the American drive train this appears to be the perfect touring vehicle. No wonder you enjoy driving it so much! Thank you for sharing all your wonderful cars, bikes and knowledge! Cheers!

    Bruce GoodwynBruce GoodwynPřed 8 dny
  • Very sexy car love the spoke wire rims, it has a 007 look to it and the color is spot on. Do be careful Mr.Leno with with the Jensen C-V8 !

    Improper BostonianImproper BostonianPřed 8 dny
  • I love when Jay shows his own cars. Don't get me wrong, it's great when Jay shows off other people's cars but there's a sense of pride and respect when Jay shows off his own cars that he and his team built/restored.

    justincc87justincc87Před 8 dny
  • Didn't know that Jensen made this model. Just beautiful !

    netmaxessnetmaxessPřed 8 dny
  • Sweet mother of pearl thats a gorgeous car

    Andrew GardenerAndrew GardenerPřed 9 dny
  • Thanks Jay, I wish I was riding in the back seat with you. Looks super comfortable.

    anthony mortonanthony mortonPřed 9 dny
  • It has that iconic beautiful English body design. The interior is absolutely GORGEOUS. That is the nicest interior I think I have ever seen in a classic. I also love the exhaust note is so different than what you would hear from a 383.

    Brian WoodsBrian WoodsPřed 9 dny
  • What a beauty.

    Marc de la CruzMarc de la CruzPřed 10 dny
  • awesome

    ululas athenasululas athenasPřed 10 dny
  • My Dad had one of these. It had really bad problems with overheating. One day he drove home in it, parked it in the garage and went inside the house. The car burst into flames and became a melty mass on the garage floor. The only time I ever saw my Dad cry!

    IEat RacistsIEat RacistsPřed 10 dny
  • Jay I saw my first Jenson in Australia when i was there in 1991 with our mutual friend Gregg Barnes. We were there working on Dale Coynes Indy cars for the first Indy race in Australia. I'm a Chrysler nut and and a bloke was working on a odd car on the side of the road . I was on the way to the track and in uniform . Those patches are power used good or bad. Wow what do I see but a 440 ,,6 pack . Gave the man some tips and got to work. Remember the Jenson brand since then. How is Red Barnes chasies going ? Would love to see it and my friend Gregg Barnes again.

    notmini72notmini72Před 11 dny
  • Gorgeous looks

    Dan JohnsonDan JohnsonPřed 11 dny
  • Such a great look. Congrats on a nice find!

    Doug KnechtelDoug KnechtelPřed 11 dny
  • Jay live forever, buy more cars

    Mike BelabokiMike BelabokiPřed 11 dny
  • I like these highlighted cars.Never seen this Jensen before.Always liked the Interceptor though.

    Alex MullinsAlex MullinsPřed 12 dny
  • That is a beautiful car. Love the lines with an American V8. When I was a very young a neighbor had a 1966 TVR Griffith with the 289 Ford. It also was a beautiful car. One day he did a smoky burn out from a gas station by my house and a 1/4 mile run. Watching it was a life changing experience and started my love of cars. Years later I duplicated the act with a 350 IROC Z and thought about the Griffith.

    Gilbert MainGilbert MainPřed 13 dny
  • I was familiar with the Interceptor, there seem to be a fair number of those still around here. I believe they also made an all wheel drive variant of the Interceptor called the FF. And of course later the Jensen-Healey's. But I had never heard of a CV8 until I saw this. I like the lines. Much better then the Interceptor.

    Rob ReidRob ReidPřed 13 dny
  • The CV8 driven by Steve Forrest in the 1960's Tv show THE BARON still exists, apparently it lives near Southend a seaside town in the county of Essex. The owner is a very private man I hear and it's never at any car show although it's been spotted on the road. It does not wear the BAR 1 number plate anymore though.

    TheEddieoliverTheEddieoliverPřed 13 dny
  • Beautiful car, great engine sound from that 383. I agree that the 60’s had great style in design.

    TotemTotemPřed 14 dny
  • It checks all the right boxes. Surprised it's not known more. All the known cars must be in good order, with a driveline that it has, its not hard to get one sorted. I like the looks, not like anything else!

    K KianiK KianiPřed 14 dny
  • That is a stunning car, pure class. My wife now wants one. (thanks Jay)

    ta0677ta0677Před 14 dny
    • ta0677 watch a video called charlie kelly shut up thats how i feel about this comment

  • Love it!

    GamanoGamanoPřed 14 dny
  • Crazy beautiful car Jay

    Carl William SaxtonCarl William SaxtonPřed 14 dny
  • 50 yrs ago I served my apprenticeship at a Jensen dealership in Bucknghamshire England. always thought the CV8 was a good looking car. Hopefully I will see one or two at the Silverstone classic this year.

    Stewart DouglassStewart DouglassPřed 14 dny
  • Saw one in September last year at The Gold Cup, Oulton Park.🇬🇧

    Kirby Park WestKirby Park WestPřed 15 dny
  • Beautiful car, Jay. Not an ugly line on her. In mentioning the quirks and quirky style of the car, I couldn't help but think of other "quirky British cars. She would look good next to a TVR Grantura, or your Daimler 2500 roadster...

    Joe HornbergerJoe HornbergerPřed 15 dny
  • Awesome car Jay never saw one of these Jensen C-v8 cars. Interesting American v8 in a British car that's amazing to see this car. Thanks, Jay for showing your car off to use.

    dennis culpepperdennis culpepperPřed 15 dny

    King TigerKing TigerPřed 15 dny
  • Awesome car, great video, thanks Jay.

    robbie hancoxrobbie hancoxPřed 15 dny
  • That is a masterpiece of an automobile, can’t believe I have never heard of it before, would love to see more of it in the future!

    AnythingEvil78AnythingEvil78Před 15 dny
  • It's enjoyable how the car's design and style is just exquisite enough to be regal but still maintains a sense of down-to-earth sporty spirit.

    Robert FeightRobert FeightPřed 15 dny
  • I love the dash

    William OvertonWilliam OvertonPřed 16 dny
  • I love it! I had a 383 in a Plymouth. A great engine plenty of power.

  • A truly beautiful car. Love the way Jay presents his cars.

    Andrew KerrAndrew KerrPřed 16 dny
  • Just realized it has similar lines to the Volvo P1800,or maybe the other way round!?

    Andrew PalframanAndrew PalframanPřed 16 dny
  • Beautiful car

    Eli WildinEli WildinPřed 16 dny
  • Awesome car. My father had one when I was in high school. I wish he hadn't sold it. Mick Fleetwood owned 2 at the time. I wonder if he still has them.

    Justin KoehlerJustin KoehlerPřed 16 dny
  • What a piece of art! The only thing missing from that interior is a fireplace. Although the British don't have a reputation for screwing things together properly or grasp the concept of reliability, I don't think anyone does interiors better. Beautiful side profile. Often wonder what the car would like like with single lights on the front with a pair of larger driving lights instead of that odd angular set but the rest of the design is pure automotive lust. Thanks for sharing Jay.

    Darren PriorDarren PriorPřed 16 dny
    • The fact so many of these classic British cars are still with us today,40,50,60 years since they left the factory kind of proves that they clearly well put together and reliable! Think about it idiot!!

      Andrew PalframanAndrew PalframanPřed 16 dny
  • Did the Jensen people designe the Volvo P1800?

    Sten AlrikssonSten AlrikssonPřed 17 dny
    • Jensen built the bodies for the early ones at their West Bromwich factory, the "bull horn" bumper cars, the P1800S was built in (S) Sweden.

      CharlesHBCharlesHBPřed 2 dny
  • That is a wonderful car, love the interior. Modern car interiors just don't have that class. About 40 years ago, I worked with a man (in South Australia)who had one of these, earlier model but not in anywhere near the condition of yours.

    Keith P.Keith P.Před 17 dny
  • Beyond class. That is about as rare in the US as your Chrysler Turbine Car. Someone help me out: did the predecessor to this car from the late 50s run a Gen I Hemi like the Facel Vegas of the same era?

    Bill BorathBill BorathPřed 17 dny
  • Please do something about d audio quality of your videos. too low.

    kaushik ghoshalkaushik ghoshalPřed 17 dny
  • So characterful

    AutoRevAutoRevPřed 17 dny
  • Great car👍 Starter sounded a bit odd toward the end of cranking. Bet those seats are comfortable! -Jay looks more comfortable in the jean shirt.

    Major PayneMajor PaynePřed 17 dny
  • Its Beautiful! Those lines are sheer craftwork. Not a bunch of machines pressing stuff and making weird noises. Thats paper, hammer, blood and sweat. The chrome is not excessive but just right! Inconspicuous and masculine. Its a shame these brands just faded into the pages of history..:(

    TheBlackbird600TheBlackbird600Před 17 dny
  • Very cool! I thought DB..at first sight. The Jensen Interceptor's were nothing on this car!

    Jon McCartyJon McCartyPřed 17 dny
  • I love these vids Mr Leno has the most impressive car collection of all time!

    Seraphim WatsonSeraphim WatsonPřed 17 dny
  • Regular viewer but never commented before, but I had to chime in on this video, that is one of the most beautiful cars I've ever seen. The style is truly timeless, I love the side view, and the v8 sounds amazing in this context. Beautiful car, perfect for a Sunday drive. Thanks for sharing.

    Kenneth McmillanKenneth McmillanPřed 17 dny
  • Nice

    Valve TimingValve TimingPřed 18 dny
1965 Jensen C-V8 - Jay Leno’s Garage