Lot 243 - 1972 12951 Interceptor SP
|Engine Number||HC 108097|
|Odometer reading||21,501 miles|
|Estimate||£13,000 - £16,000|
|Result||Sold - £14,840|
The Jensen Interceptor was first shown at the October 1966 Earls Court Motor Show alongside the technically advanced four-wheel drive FF; the Touring of Milan designed Interceptor was quite a sensation and received much praise. The fact that 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 Mk. II was announced in October 1969 featuring revised frontal styling and vented disc brakes. The Mk. III of 1971 had revised seats, fully-cast alloy wheels plus other minor improvements. The engine was a Chrysler V8 unit initially presented with a displacement of 6276cc with a TorqueFlite automatic transmission. The engine size was then increased to 7212cc in late 1971 with 4-bbl carburettors. The SP (Six-Pack) model of 1971-73 offered 3x2-bbl carburettors. Only 232 were manufactured making it the most powerful car ever to have been constructed by Jensen with a claimed 390bhp available.
OPK 246L was manufactured on 17th November 1972 and was supplied by Guy Salmon at Thames Ditton to the original owner on 7th February 1973. This splendid Jensen is finished in the original colour combination of yellow coachwork with black trim and black carpets; on the statement of origin from Jensen it confirms the black vinyl roof as an original special feature. Benefitting from a full length sunroof of the period, the fastidious vendor has recently spent over £3,000 on the engine. This rare SP model has righthand drive steering and automatic transmission and is supplied with a current MoT test certificate, V5 registration document and road fund licence. When one considers the value of the Interceptor's contemporaries, it is 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.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.