Lot 204 - 1972 Jensen Interceptor III
|Odometer reading||61,603 miles|
|Estimate||£20,000 - £30,000|
|Result||Sold - £40,320|
The Jensen Interceptor was launched in 1966 and the all steel body shell broke away from the company's traditional method of construction that used GRP (Glass Reinforced Plastic). Designed by Carrozzeria Touring, the early cars were built by Vignale before production eventually was carried out at the Jensen works in West Bromwich. Power was delivered by the Chrysler 6276cc, V8 through a TorqueFlite automatic transmission and final drive being a Salisbury axle with limited slip differential. A manual gearbox was offered as an option. 1968 saw the addition of power steering and, in 1969, the Mk. II was introduced with detail upgrades that included a revised front end and ventilated disc brakes. 1971 saw the introduction of the Mk. III; the engine size was increased to 7212cc and, it was at this time, the most powerful engine Jensen had produced. The imposing presence, power and distinctive shape that included the wrap around glass rear hatch drew the rich and famous to the marque and famously, Princess Ann owned one. Production ceased in 1976 with a total of 6408 Mk. I, Mk. II and Mk. III Interceptors built between 1966 and 1976.
The car presented today is a 1972 Mk. III, first registered on the 22nd March. An extensive history file accompanies this motor car which includes a full photographic restoration that was carried out in 2005 costing some £27,000. The large file also contains further invoices for further recent improvements including electronic ignition, new master cylinder and a reupholstered interior in red which contrasts nicely with the grey paintwork. The aim of any prospective Interceptor owner must be to find a well sorted and good history motor car and judging by the history file this certainly looks like one. Offered with a current MoT test certificate valid until May, 2018 this Jensen is ready to be enjoyed immediately.
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