Lot 275 - 1969 Jensen Interceptor Mk. I
|Odometer reading||18,540 miles|
|Estimate||£24,000 - £32,000|
|Result||Sold - £39,200|
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 originally 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.
This fantastically presented Jensen Interceptor Mk. I has been subject to an extensive restoration taking some 13.5 months. Michael Ware Restorers of Brooke, Norfolk, completed this long restoration eight weeks ago and the vehicle is now every bit as good as when it rolled off the production line in 1969. Finished in Gun Metal grey, it has been the subject of a bare metal respray with new Oxblood vinyl roof, new Oxblood full leather and new carpets trimmed in Oxblood to match. A new headlining completes the cosmetic aspect whilst mechanically, rebuilt callipers, ball joint and refurbished wheels compliment the car. The engine and gearbox have had a full service with carburettors rebuilt, setup and tuned. This stunning example also benefits from a new braking system and the fuel tank and system have been completely cleaned. Much of the electrical system has been serviced, replaced or rewired and a good quality 1960's reproduction radio, which is FM and Bluetooth compatible, can be found on the dashboard. The history file includes many invoices from 2010-2011 and a detailed invoice from the 2016 restoration. We are informed it drives superbly and would be a credit to any collector or enthusiast.
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