Like most Jensen models, the 1963 Jensen CV8 relied on a steel platform chassis and a fiberglass body, a tried, tested and true fabrication method for the high-end British manufacturer. The CV8 was an exceptionally aggressive car in both design and driving, and was once once of the fastest-accelerating four-seater cars built. Its design, with the slanting double headlights proved controversial but relatively popular, and on the inside, no one could doubt its blue-blood credentials, with rich carpet, wood and leather everywhere. On the mechanical side, its brakes and suspensions were ‘borrowed’ from lesser vehicles, but that didn’t stop the CV8 from offering a safe and comfortable ride.
Although it started out with a 305 horsepower, 6-liter V8, the CV8 was quickly upgraded, by 1965 (its final year) to a 33-horsepower, 6.3-liter Chrysler V8, which enabled it to accelerate to 60 mph a jaw-popping 6.7 seconds, all the way to a top speed of 130 miles per hour. Coincidentally, or not really, it could accelerate almost all the way to its top speed, or 120 mph, in less than 30 second, also an impressive achievement.
While the 1963 Jensen CV8 was an impressive car, its high price and aging body did not sway many buyers; over its 3 year production run, only 461 were built.