Catalogue description Papers of Jensen Motors Ltd

This record is held by Warwick University: Modern Records Centre

Details of MSS.215
Reference: MSS.215
Title: Papers of Jensen Motors Ltd

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.

Date: 1936-1975

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).

Held by: Warwick University: Modern Records Centre, not available at The National Archives
Language: English

Jensen Motors Ltd

Physical description: 0.726 cubic metres
  • West Bromwich, West Midlands
Administrative / biographical background:

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.

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