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Lot 224 - 1972 Jensen Intercepter SP

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££24,780

Auction Blenheim Palace July 2015
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Lot Number 224
Reg. Number TBY 259L
Chassis Number 1314944
Year 1972
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Description

The Jensen Interceptor was a sporting GT-class car built in the United Kingdom by Jensen between 1966 and 1976. The car broke with Jensen tradition by having a steel bodyshell instead of glass-reinforced plastic and by having the body designed by an outside firm, Touring of Italy, rather than by the in-house staff. The early bodies were Italian-built, by Vignale, before production began in West Bromwich.

The SP (six-pack) spec car referred to the 3 twin-barrelled carburettors tucked under the bonnet. These took the top speed up to 145mph and required additional louvres to aid cooling. The Interceptor was briefly re-introduced in the 1980s as the Series 4 (S4), as a low-volume ‘specialist’ motor car in much the same way Bristol continue to market and manufacture their cars.

Though the body remained essentially the same, a newer and so-called ‘cleaner’ engine was used and the interior slightly re-designed with the addition of ‘sports’ front seats as opposed to the armchair style of the earlier models.

This lovely example finished in Silver with black leather interior was manufactured in 1972 and is presented in good condition. The present owner has looked after the car for a number of years and has kept it in a dry garage, taking it out only on dry days.

The superlative 7-litre engine still pulls well and provides effortless power for long touring journeys or more exciting country road driving. Its iconic design still turns heads today as it did over 40 years ago.

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