Lot 111 - 1973 Jensen Interceptor 'Fast & Furious Tribute'
|Result||Sold - £37,356|
- Restored Fast and Furious Six Tribute
- Rebuilt and bored out 8.2 litre engine
It’s not often a car company is started with the help of a movie star but when, in 1935, Clark Gable sent the Jensen brothers a new Ford chassis to fit one of their sleek four-seat bodies to, as they say the rest was history. After the war Jensen resumed low volume car production but prospered as the coachbuilder for Austin Healey and others until in 1963, they introduced the C-V8 with a Chrysler V8 engine, succeeding it with the Interceptor in 1967 with a Touring-designed body and power from a 383 Chrysler V8 unit. A modified and updated Interceptor II followed in late 1969 and was succeeded in 1971 by the Interceptor III which was joined in 1974 by a convertible version both powered by Chrysler’s 440 cubic inch engine. The Jensen Interceptor combined powerful, reliable American V8 power and smooth-shifting automatic gearboxes with British coachbuilt quality and luxury. They were built for a discerning clientele willing to pay a premium for their performance and exclusivity. In 1974 an Interceptor III cost 60% more than a Jaguar Series III E-Type Roadster.
Originally registered on 11th October 1973, this example of the V8 laden Interceptor is presented in black with a matching black diamond stitched trim. Restored in 2018/2019 at a cost thought to be near £100,000 as a tribute to the Interceptor that featured in the 2013 Fast and Furious franchise movie Fast and Furious Six, driven by the character Letty Ortiz. With fabulous twin side exhausts and unique styling, we are informed by the vendor it turns heads wherever it goes. The engine has recently been fully rebuilt and bored out to 8.2 litres with the vendor informing us that it is still at the running in stage and will need another 500 miles of gentile driving before unleashing the full power from the incredible V8. Fitted with a Bullet steering wheel which complements the retrimmed interior. A host of bills and invoices accompany the car, specifically the recent bill for the engine rebuild, alongside the V5C registration certificate. This is a car that is iconic in its appearance, it is no shrinking violet and will certainly be noticed.
Interested parties should note that this example has recently had an engine rebuild for which an invoice can be found in the history file. This vehicle therefore requires to be run in for a further 500 miles before an oil change.
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