Lot 227 - 1972 Jensen Interceptor SP Mk. III

Lot 227 - 1972 Jensen Interceptor SP Mk. III

Lot 227 - 1972 Jensen Interceptor SP Mk. III

Lot Number 227
Registration MML 170L
Chassis Number 1314960
Engine Number HC10848
Odometer reading 2,000 miles
Result Sold - £26,880
  • One of just 232 SP Interceptors
  • Fully restored example

Alan and his brother Richard Jensen first became involved with car design and construction in 1925 when their efforts to improve on the styling and performance of an Austin Seven Chummy attracted much favourable attention. A few Jensen-bodied Fords were produced in the mid-1930s before a more serious manufacturing effort commenced in 1938. After World War II, Jensen kept itself afloat by producing bodies for other manufacturers, most notably Austin Healey, while producing its own stylish GTs in limited numbers. It was not until the Interceptor's arrival in 1967 that cars began to leave the West Bromwich factory in more substantial numbers.

With the Interceptor's introduction, Jensen switched from glass fibre to steel for its car bodies, though underneath the preceding C-V8's chassis, running gear and 6,276 cc Chrysler engine remained substantially unchanged. With around 280 bhp on tap, performance was more than adequate, the motor recording a top speed of 140 mph with 100 mph arriving from a standstill in 19 seconds. Four-wheel servo-assisted Dunlop discs looked after the braking while the ride quality could be varied by the Armstrong Selectaride dampers' dashboard control. Leather upholstery, reclining front seats, and walnut veneer trim were all standard features of this Vignale-styled Anglo-American GT, while automatic transmission was the choice of almost all buyers. The Series II incorporated revised front suspension, Girling brakes and a redesigned interior, while the Series III, introduced in October 1971, came with a 7.2-litre engine, better seats, central locking, and GKN alloy wheels. The SP (six-pack) was the rare one – with only 232 being built.

Originally registered on the 9th November 1972 this Mk. III Interceptor is presented in white with black diamond stitched leather trim. This example has been subject to a full restoration with bills totalling over £60,000 after an engine fire in 2012, the damage was such that the insurers decided not to repair and thus this is categorised as a Category D. The car now presents extremely well, the mighty 7.2 litre engine is fabulous, and the original SP (six pack) has been removed and replaced with a more user-friendly single twin choked carburettor. A wonderful brute of a British sports car in which the vendor has spent extensively with fabulous results, sensibly estimated, viewing is highly recommended.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each Lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. All registration numbers, engine and chassis details are sourced from registration documents provided to Historics by the client or representative or HPI checks and buyers are to satisfy themselves as to the accuracy of these details. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.

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