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.
The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme. For further details of the scheme, see http://www.warwick.ac.uk/services/library/mrc/mrcclass.shtml. It is compatible with ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description(2000).
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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