Lot 120 - 1973 Jensen Interceptor Mk. III
|Odometer reading||61,696 miles|
|Estimate||£19,000 - £25,000|
|Result||Sold - £26,880|
- Older restoration
- Less than 5000 miles since 2010
- Properly maintained
With the Interceptor’s introduction in 1967, Jensen switched from glass fibre to steel for its car bodies. Underneath, the preceding C-V8’s chassis, running gear and 6,276cc Chrysler engine remained substantially unchanged. With around 280bhp on tap, performance was more than adequate, The Motor magazine recorded a top speed of 140mph with 100mph arriving in 19 seconds. Leather upholstery, reclining front seats and walnut veneer were all standard features, while automatic transmission was the choice of almost all the buyers. The Series II incorporated revised front suspension, Girling brakes and redesigned interior, while the Series III, introduced in 1971, came with a 7.2 litre engine, better seats, central locking and alloy wheels. For 1974 Jensen adopted an improved, 330bhp version of the 7.2 litre Chrysler V8 on the ‘J Series’ Mk. III, which also gained all the equipment, including air conditioning, that had been standard issue on the now discontinued Interceptor SP. The major development that year was the introduction of the convertible, which in turn would inspire Jensen’s final variation on the Interceptor theme: The Coupé.
This good 1973 Jensen Interceptor III was subject to a restoration sometime in the 1980’s when the colour was changed from black to the current colour of blue. The current owner purchased this car in 2009 from Jensen specialist, Cropredy Bridge Garage and at that time had fitted 17” alloy wheels, new walnut veneers and a high output alternator. In 2010, in preparation for a trip to the Le Mans Classic the following work was carried out, new big end bearings, new water pump, new starter motor, new power steering pump and a superpack radiator with high output fans. Later, in 2010, further work was carried out including new head gaskets, both exhaust manifolds refaced and refitted, new spark plug leads, rear exhaust silencers replaced, new starter solenoid and a reconditioned steering rack. The MoT test certificate in December 2010 shows the mileage to be 56,855 miles. In 2011, the carburettor was rebuilt, new oil pressure sender and electric window gears were fitted. Finished in blue with beige leather interior, this Interceptor III is supplied with a V5 registration document, an MoT test certificate, the original Jensen build sheets and a list of owners from DVLA. Also supplied with the car are new spares which are; door, bonnet and boot seals, new front seat cushions, new beige Wilton carpet set and a beige handbrake gator.
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