Lot 243 - 1968 Jensen Interceptor Series I
|Odometer reading||60,925 miles|
|Estimate||£40,000 - £50,000|
|Result||Sold - £42,560|
The Jensen Interceptor is a sporting GT-class car. Interceptors were hand-built at the Kelvin Way Factory, West Bromwich between 1966 and 1976. The Interceptor name had been used previously by Jensen for the Interceptor made between 1950 and 1957 at the Carters Green factory. 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. The body was designed by an outside firm, Carrozzeria Touring of Italy, rather than the in-house staff. The early bodies were built in Italy by Vignale, before Jensen took production in house; this stunning new car was built from steel but retained a similar chassis to the CV8. It also shared the same Chrysler 383 cubic inch (6,276cc) V8 engine and Torqueflite automatic transmission. The '67 Interceptor rocketed Jensen into international recognition with stars of stage and screen.
Little is known of the early history of this example which contrasts starkly against what is known over recent years. What is recorded is an insurance total-loss payment 23 years ago in 1992, after which it was restored and fell into the ownership of Gary Crowley of Copredy Garage, respected Jensen specialists. In 2014, it changed hands once again and so began another truly meticulous restoration. Once every nut and bolt had been removed, the car was placed on a jig to ensure the body was straight and correct. It was. While the engine was out, it was rebuilt and serviced with new seals throughout and the bay fully detailed. All the electrical systems have been serviced, the fuel tank and system has been completely cleaned and the brakes stripped and completely rebuilt. A new stainless steel exhaust has been fitted with all brightwork re-chromed. Internally, all the rubbers have been renewed with a completely re-furbished interior and finally new paint applied. Even the electric window motors have been re-built. It is, in effect, better than when it first came out of the factory and certainly one of the finest we have had the pleasure to present.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.