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
SORN nor is it taxed.