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We know that Crayford are renowned for their convertible cars. But before Crayford came onto the scene and started converting 1100's, Jensen approached BMC to build a convertible.

It is believe that Jensen purchased 3 Austin Countryman's for conversion. Why choose the countryman? Well at the time there was only 4 door models available on the home market. Estates were readily available, wouldn't require ordering and of course they were two door.

Richard Calver, the Jensen historian, has provided some very specific details. He writes that they know of one such example being purchased and converted in June 1967. The particular car, LEA 765E (chassis number: AAW1016279A) was shown on the Jensen stand at the 1967 London Motor Show. The car was sold off the stand to a Jensen dealership AC Bupin & Co for 725, from there it was sold to a customer and taxed for road use.

It is believed that a member of The 1100 Club was the registered keeper of the vehicle for some time. However we are unsure as to whether the car has survived or not. I carried out a DVLA vehicle search on the vehicle, and one assumes that the vehicle is still around, but hasn't been entered on to the DVLA computer system, as it is neither declared as SORN nor is it taxed.

Exhaust location changed to come out of the drivers side and chrome trims were fitted to the wheels. The car was also fitted with the Vanden Plas 1100 rear bumper and over-riders.


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