Lot 266 - 1975 Jensen Interceptor Mk III Convertible
|Odometer reading||57,800 miles|
|Estimate||£42,000 - £48,000|
The Jensen Interceptor is a sporting GT-class car that was hand-built at the Kelvin Way Factory near Birmingham between 1966 and 1976. Jensen had extensively used glass-reinforced plastic for the fabrication of body panels in the preceding two decades but the new Interceptor saw a return to a steel body-shell designed by an outside firm, Carrozzeria Touring of Italy. The early bodies were Italian-built by Vignale before production by Jensen themselves in West Bromwich began; with subtle body modifications. The Interceptor took its styling cues from the Brasinca Uirapuru, with a distinctive large, curving wraparound 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.
New to the market, this 7200cc V8 Jensen Interceptor Convertible presented in Royal Blue with blue leather interior was first registered in San Francisco, California on 5th August 1977 having been built by Jensen in 1974. This much loved and very well cared for car is in wonderful condition and has covered just 57,000 miles, most of which were in the dry climate of America's West Coast.
Present within the history file is photographic evidence along with an engineer's report carried out on the car in 2004 after its restoration undertaken by its 3rd Owner from Canada. The car had a full bare-metal re-spray along with much upgrading and refurbishment at a figure approaching $40,000, with much of this work carried out by Jensen specialist K & D Enterprises of Washington. In 2011 and in the ownership of the current vendor the Interior was completely re-trimmed with blue leather and deep blue Wilton carpet by the highly regarded Jensen Specialist 'Rejen' of Winchester, it is in excellent condition and has its matching tonneau cover with new electric hood.
Benefitting from an extensive service history detailing the car`s complete history from day one and a document compiled by Richard Calver, the author of 'A History of Jensen-Chassis Data' which makes for very good reading and details the Jensen's five previous owners, 1st Owner. Doctor E Braby - California 1977-1998. 2nd Owner. Mr S Armarnini - California 1998-2003. 3rd Owner. Doctor M H Elliot - BC Canada 2003-2006. 4th Owner - Belgium 2006-2009 and of course the current vendor who describes this car as ready to "drive anywhere" with the last service was carried out by the established and well known Jensen Specialist 'Rejen' of Winchester at 57,386 Miles on 20th May 2014.
As a testament to the quality of this example, at the Jensen Owners Club Concours d`Elegance in June 2013, this Jensen was placed 3rd in the Silver Competition with the certificate included in the history file. Only 267 Convertibles were ever made making such a car in this condition a treat and with the hood down the driving experience is frankly a delight.