Lot 277 - 1968 Jensen Interceptor FF
|Odometer reading||47,828 miles|
|Estimate||£60,000 - £70,000|
|Result||Sold - £78,400|
The Jensen FF is a four-wheel drive grand tourer produced between 1966 and 1971. It was the first non all-terrain production car equipped with 4WD and an anti-lock braking system, the Dunlop Maxaret mechanical system, used hitherto only on aircraft, trucks, and racing cars. The use of four-wheel drive in a passenger car preceded the successful Audi Quattro by many years and the Subaru by five years. The letters FF stand for Ferguson Formula after Ferguson Research Ltd. who invented the car's system. The FF is related to the similar-looking, rear-wheel drive Jensen Interceptor but is five inches longer and mechanically very different. The FF can be distinguished from the Interceptor by a few styling cues; the most obvious being the twin (rather than single) diagonal air vents on the front wing just rear of the wheel-arches.
Originally registered on 5th February, 1968, this Interceptor FF has an excellent pedigree from new. The car was ordered by Lieutenant Colonel Richard Seifert, the famous architect responsible for designing Centrepoint in London. In 1987, the car was put into auction and purchased by newspaper magnate Eddie Shah, remaining in his collection until 1990 when he was forced to sell the car through Sotherbys. The next owner was an Aston Martin collector who always dreamt of having a Jensen FF from a young age. Being owned by such enthusiasts has certainly favoured this Jensen as it presents in very good order today. Supplied with a V5 registration document, a substantial history file and a full year's MoT test certificate, this early example FF is finished in crystal blue with dark blue leather trim and, benefitting from a full length Webasto sunroof, is ready to be used and enjoyed whilst having excellent investment potential.
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