More than any of its previous models, the 1960s Interceptor firmly established Jensen as a producer of stylish, high-performance and hand-built cars.

Launched at the 1966 London Motor Show, the Interceptor proved a star attraction. Beneath its attractive Vignale designed coupe coachwork, the substantial parallel tube chassis featured independent wishbone/coil spring front suspension with a live, leaf-sprung rear axle located by Panhard rod and disc brakes all round. Power came from a 6,726 cc Chrysler V8, producing 325 bhp at 4,600 rpm and an impressive 425 lb.ft at 2,800 rpm, mated to a three-speed Chrysler automatic transmission - sufficient for a top speed of 133mph and 0-60 mph in just 7.4 seconds. Inside, Connolly leather and Wilton carpets ensured luxury while the dashboard was comprehensively equipped.

In October 1968, shortly after power steering became standard, the Interceptor was announced in Mk II form with larger fuel tank, reclining seats, restyled fascia and optional air conditioning. The Mk III appeared in October 1971, boasting a 7,212 cc engine, ventilated disc brakes, alloy wheels and restyled interior. For 1974, launched at that year's Geneva Show, there was the stylish Convertible complete with conventional boot and power-operated convertible top. It was joined in October 1975 by the Coupe sharing similar coachwork by with a fixed hard top.

One of only 267 Convertibles produced, this Interceptor has an extremely well documented ownership and service history, with work including restoration cataloged chronologically from 1978. With just three owners from new and mileage of approximately 54,000, the car is thus described as being excellent in every respect.

Coachwork is finished in dark blue with a contrasting tan leather interior and matching hood.

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Vehicle:1974 Jensen Interceptor Mk III

S/N 2340/111 was offered at the 21 March 1995 Coys Auction and sold at $28,280 including commission.

As with many hybrids including Iso Grifos and Panteras, the marriage of coachwork from Europe and straightforward mechanicals from the States led to indifferent market success. It seems that collectors and drivers prefer cars that are “of a piece,” even if that “piece” means unreliable, short-lived, often overheating powerplants.

Jensen Coupe, with their gas-guzzling engines and suspect electrics (part of the British contribution, thank you very much) are nearly unsalable at any price. The convertibles have a somewhat larger appeal, but I wouldn’t recommend anyone go running off and buying a dozen or two as a hedge against inflation.

The price made was the top of the market, regardless of continent. Let’s hope the new owner has a wallet full of gas cards. – ED.

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