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Surely one of the most handsome and distinctive sports tourers ever made, the Jensen Interceptor was a fabulous amalgam of Italian style, American muscle and British craftsmanship. Styled by Touring of Milan with some subtle tweaks by Vignale (who also made the first bodies) it was initially powered by a 6,276cc Chrysler V8 driving the rear wheels through a TorqueFlite automatic transmission and had dragster-like performance. A natural rival to the Aston Martin V8, it was equally rare, equally expensive, better made and marginally more potent to boot, making it perhaps the classic car bargain of the modern age.
The second generation arrived in 1969 and featured many detail improvements including revised front suspension and brakes, cleaner front end styling and a more modern dashboard. Power was also up slightly to 330bhp and 425lb/ft of torque. Produced between 1971 and 1973, the Interceptor III was the final iteration and represented the pinnacle of Jensen car development. Of the 2,477 Interceptor IIIs produced 1,107 were allocated to RHD markets and we understand that in 2019 just 239 were licenced for road use in the UK.
Manufactured in 1972 and first registered on the 14 January 1973, this is a UK supplied, right-hand drive, J-series Interceptor III that has covered a little over 58,000 miles supported by a substantial history file with MOTs dating back to the mid-1970s. Having spent some time looking for the best possible example, our vendor found this car 9-years ago and was impressed by the aforementioned history file and its excellent mechanical condition. He set about an extensive programme of works completing the restoration in 2018 with a high quality ‘glass out’ bare metal respray in this lovely shade of Cerise. Some sensible upgrades were incorporated into the overhaul including a more modern suspension set up, stainless steel sports exhaust system and a Holley carburettor all working together in unison with the burbling 7.2-litre V8 to provide an exciting and focused driving experience.
The Jensen is accompanied by its original handbooks, a wealth of MOTs, invoices for servicing and maintenance over the years, more recent invoices for parts and labour supporting the overhaul and a number of photographs. It's described as ‘on the button’, presenting and performing very well.
Some cars look powerful, some look expensive and a few, a very few, look genuinely beautiful and to achieve all three at once is remarkable. With less than 250 examples believed to have survived in the UK, owning one of these stylish Anglo-American GTs offers access to a rather exclusive club.