Lot 211 - 1973 Jensen Interceptor SP
|Engine Number||HC 108097|
|Odometer reading||21,908 miles|
|Estimate||£24,000 - £28,000|
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 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. 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 four-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.
According to the statement of origin from Jensen, this Interceptor was manufactured in November 1972 and was sold by Guy Salmon at Thames Ditton to the original owner on 7th February 1973. Finished in its original colour combination of yellow coachwork with black leather trim and a black vinyl roof, this Jensen presents in excellent condition. 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 is fitted with automatic transmission and the six-pack carburettors have been removed in favour of a twin Weber arrangement. Supplied with a V5 registration document and a full years' MoT test certificate, together with a file showing some recent invoices; 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 SP example, makes it an even more desirable proposition.