Lot 143 - 1974 Jensen Interceptor Mk. III
|Sold - £17,360
The Jensen Interceptor was launched in 1966 and all steel bodyshell 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 Anne owned one. Production ceased in 1976 with a total of 6,408 Interceptors manufactured between 1966 and 1976.
Manufactured on 10th September 1974 as confirmed by a copy of the build sheets, this Jensen can only be described as a barnfind, having been removed from a garage where it had lain for the last 16 years. Supplied originally by Charles Follet of Berkley Street, London W1 this Interceptor had clearly been a much loved and highly cherished vehicle prior to going into storage. Full recommissioning will be required, however, the bodywork appears to be largely sound and the engine does turn freely. A V5 document has been applied for and is expected to arrive prior to auction, she was last MoT’d in June 2006 at 73,293 miles. These iconic vehicles of the period have increased in popularity of late, it is easy to see why, with the superb aesthetics mated to a large V8 under the bonnet. They were built for a discerning clientele willing to pay a premium for their performance and exclusivity.
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