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Unconventional Jensen restoration. Image by Newspress.

Unconventional Jensen restoration
Hot-rod meets British classic in the shape of the Jensen FF Silver Slammington, created by Bavarez.
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What's this then?

It is a 1969 Jensen FF that has been restored and customised by Oxfordshire-based restorers and classic car specialists Bavarez. The car, named the Jensen FF Sliver Slammington, took two years to renovate and made its public debut at the 2014 NEC Classic Motor Show on 14th November. With its lacquered metal body and massive supercharger it isn't exactly in 'as new' condition, but it is certainly eye-catching.

What has been done?

The car spent some time languishing in a garden and was seriously rusted meaning that nearly every panel had to be repaired. Bavarez spent two years on the FF, removing the corrosion, welding in new metal and lead-loading the panel joins for a seamless finish. Because the Jensen was handmade no two cars are alike and the original parts were rescued where possible.

Originally the FF used a 6.3-litre Chrysler V8 engine; the original unit was cleaned up, enlarged to 7.0 litres and fitted with a supercharger. A set of custom exhaust manifolds finish it off and it has a theoretical maximum power output of 1,000hp.

Not one for the purist then?

Possibly not, although a more conventional restoration is planned by the car's new owner at some point in the future. At the NEC a couple of serious Jensen fans gave the FF Silver Slammington their seal of approval. Historian and Jensen FF owner Ulric Woodhams described the restored vehicle: "At the edge of classic cars versus custom cars, lies Bavarez's eye-catching supercharged Jensen FF". TV presenter, musician and classic car journalist (and Jensen owner) Fuzz Townshend spent some time on the stand checking out Bavarez's creation too.

Anything else?

International supermodel Harriadnie Beau unveiled the FF at the show. Harriadnie has appeared in photo shoots with Jensen cars having been involved with the brand for several years and commented on the Bavarez car: "I have known the guys there for a long time and was sure that their hard work on the FF would pay off: it really is a super model in its own right".

John Lambert - 26 Nov 2014

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