Lot 225 - 1971 Jensen Interceptor Mk. II
|Odometer reading||94,500 miles|
|Estimate||£25,000 - £30,000|
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 far greater numbers than Touring. Fully trimmed and painted bodyshells were delivered from Italy for assembly at West Bromwich by October 1966. Both new cars had the 330bhp Chrysler V8 engine coupled to a Torqueflite 3 speed automatic gearbox and fashionable Rostyle wheels were fitted. The original cars built by Vignale in Italy required much work both inside and out to meet the quality standard required by Jensen and eventually the contract was terminated by Jensen, who then produced complete cars themselves at their West Bromwich factory. Power steering was included as standard from September 1968 and in October 1969 the Series II was announced featuring revised frontal styling and vented disc brakes.
This superbly presented Series II Interceptor has had five owners from new and was restored bodily and mechanically between 1993 and 2014 by the then owner, who was a garage proprietor. Since then further restoration has been carried out including a respray and work to the interior with the front seats receiving new hides, the rear seats 'Connolised' and new carpets fitted. Many items of rubber trim have also been recently renewed to give the finishing touches to this most attractive car.
The Jensen starts easily and settles down to a quiet idle, showing good oil pressure. We are informed that the car drives extremely well with no known faults. The history file contains the original workshop manual, owner's handbook and service booklet as well as a photographic record of the restoration and a number of Jensen Owners' Club journals. There is a current V5 registration document and the Jensen will have a fresh MoT test certificate by the time of the sale. A new set of tyres will also be fitted. The Jensen Interceptor has become a very collectable car yet still offers excellent value when compared with its peers and this example, beautifully finished in red with magnolia hide interior, is offered at a very reasonable estimate.