Lot 179 - 1972 Jensen Interceptor Mk. III

Lot 179 - 1972 Jensen Interceptor Mk. III

Lot 179 - 1972 Jensen Interceptor Mk. III

Lot Number 179
Registration EOR 800
Chassis Number 1284619
Engine Number J2535
Estimate £19,000 - £27,000
Result Sold - £26,880
  • Very low mileage example
  • Discovered in a barn in 2007 after 28 years
  • Cherished number of EOR 800 stays with the car

Launched in 1966, the Jensen Interceptor broke away from the company's traditional method of construction that used glass reinforced plastic with the new car now incorporating an all steel bodyshell. Designed by Carrozzeria Touring, the early cars were built by Vignale before production was eventually 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 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.

Originally supplied on 17th April 1972 by Moore of Brighton Ltd to Osborne Refrigeration Engineers Ltd, this Jensen was discovered in a barn in 2007 where she is thought to have languished for the previous 28 years! The semi-retired mechanic that found EOR 800 set about restoring her, more as a ‘labour of love’ than anything else. At the time when this Interceptor was discovered the odometer reading was 32,594 miles and the indications are that this was correct. Whilst the car was in a reasonable condition, unfortunately the engine was not and a second-hand unit was found that had covered circa 50,000 miles. However, the original matching numbers engine is supplied with the car, although it is in a dismantled state and on a pallet. During the restoration the inner and outer sills were replaced and both the front and rear valances required some remedial work. Other than that it was quite sound including the underside. The restoration included fitting a new steering rack, new brake discs and pads, calipers, master cylinder and brake pipes. New tyres were fitted in 2018 and have covered minimal mileage. The paintwork was refreshed in 2015 to the original colour of Reef Blue, however there are areas of micro-blistering which could do with attention. At the same time it would be worth re-chroming a few pieces, namely the door handles and some window trims. However, none of this detracts from the fact this is a sound Jensen Interceptor Mk. III with very low mileage and only three previous keepers. Supplied with a V5C registration document, a copy of the original build sheets, a significant number of invoices and a current MoT test certificate valid until 25th January 2022 with no advisories and the registration number EOR 800. These great looking cars have become increasingly popular of late and this example appears to be very attractively estimated.

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