Lot 306 - 1973 12951 Interceptor Series III
|Engine Number||3C 12063|
|Odometer reading||5,100 miles|
|Estimate||£14,000 - £18,000|
|Result||Sold - £12,320|
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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 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 bodyshells were delivered from Italy for assembly at West Bromwich by October 1966. The original cars built by Vignale in Italy required much work inside and out to meet the quality standard required by Jensen; eventually the contract was terminated and Jensen started producing the cars themselves at West Bromwich. For the October 1969 Motor Show, a Mk. II version of the Interceptor and FF were displayed. Changes to the rear lights having a larger flatter area and no chrome trim, new slimmer bumpers and flatter overriders were amongst the many improvements that were introduced; the largest being a completely new interior. With the introduction of the SP, the Interceptor gained the same interior and exterior treatment becoming the Interceptor Mk. III and was the most successful achieving the highest production figures of any Jensen.
This 1973 Jensen Interceptor Series III was first registered in the UK on 21st November 1973. During 1984/85 this car was subject to a large amount of mechanical work as indicated by the invoices in the history file. It was purchased in 1985 by a gentleman from Muswell Hill, London who put the personal registration number on the car and has covered less than 10,000 miles since. In 2006 the car was purchased by an Irish army officer who exported it to Dublin but it was never used as the owner was posted overseas. The Interceptor III was then purchased and returned to the UK in 2011 and driven to a garage in Cheshire who carried out a full mechanical and electrical inspection and completed any work as necessary. From there the car was taken to coachworks where it was stripped down and repainted in the original colour of old English white, the chromework was re-plated but the original black Everflex roof and black leather interior was retained. This car is supplied with a V5C registration document and a file containing invoices and old MoT test certificates. With its near space-age design and all the power you will ever need, step into the future whilst still relishing the past…
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