Lot 62 - 1973 Jensen Interceptor SP
|Odometer reading||20,176 miles|
|Estimate||£10,000 - £14,000|
|Result||Sold - £9,219|
The Jensen Interceptor was first shown at the October 1966 Earls Court Motor Show alongside the technically advanced 4 wheel drive FF, the Touring of Milan designed Interceptor was quite a sensation and received much praise. The fact Jensen had in the space of a year produced two completely new models was also outstanding, particularly as the two companies involved in the project were 680 miles apart. The original design penned by Touring of Milan was taken to Vignale of Turin who had the capability to produce the car in much higher numbers than Touring. Fully trimmed and painted body shells were delivered from Italy for assembly at West Bromwich by October 1966.
The Interceptor took its styling cues from the Brasinca Uirapuru with a distinctive large, curved wrap-around rear window that doubled as a tailgate. The original specification included electric windows, reclining front seats, a wood rimmed steering wheel, radio with twin speakers, reversing lights and an electric clock. Power steering was included as standard from September 1968.
The Mark II was announced in October 1969 featuring revised frontal styling and vented disc brakes. The Mark III of 1971 had revised seats, fully-cast alloy wheels plus other improvements. The engine was a Chrysler V8 unit initially presented with a displacement of 6276 cc with either TorqueFlite automatic transmission driving the rear wheels through a limited slip differential in a conventional Salisbury rear axle. The engine grew to 7212 cc in late 1971 with 4-bbl carburation. The SP (Six-Pack) model of 1971-73 offered 3x2-bbl carburation and only 232 were built, making it the most powerful car ever to have been made by Jensen with a claimed 390 hp on tap!
OPK 246L was manufactured on 17th November 1972 and is finished in the original colour combination of yellow coachwork with black hide and black carpets, indeed the statement of origin from Jensen confirms the black vinyl roof as an original special feature.
This rare SP model has righthand drive steering and supplied with a current MoT road test certificate valid to 28th February 2011 and factory statement of origin. When one considers the value of the Interceptors contemporaries, it's very clear that this model offers superb value for money and being a late and more powerful SP example makes it an even more desirable proposition.
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