The Jensen CV8, famous for its controversial slant-eyed styling, was one of the fastest-accelerating four-seater cars of the 1960s. Using Chrysler's 5916cc 305bhp V8 (with Torqufilte three-speed automatic transmission), it easily undercut all the big gun opposition on price, and could reach 120mph (192km/h) from rest in less than half a minute. Although following established Jensen concepts - steel pressings and a box section to carry the suspension - the CV8's chassis was new and , like many high-class British manufacturers, Jensen went about plundering the parts bins of lowly mass-market firms for brakes and suspension.
The model was progressively improved over four years of production. The last and best-looking of the line was the MkIII of 1965, with its lower scuttle, equalsize lights and lack of chrome around the headlight apertures.