1973 Jensen Interceptor Series III


The Jensen Interceptors were hand-built at the Kelvin Way Factory, West Bromwich near Birmingham between 1966 and 1976. The Interceptor name had been used previously by Jensen for the Jensen Interceptor made between 1950 and 1957 at the Carters Green factory. Jensen had extensively used glass-reinforced plastic for the fabrication of body panels in the preceding two decades, but the new Interceptor saw a return to a steel body-shell. The body was designed by an outside firm, Carrozzeria Touring of Italy, rather than the in-house staff. The early bodies were built in Italy by Vignale, before Jensen took production in house, making some subtle body modifications. The Mark III, introduced in 1971, revised the front grille, headlamp finishers and bumper treatment again. It had GKN alloy wheels and air conditioning as standard and revised seats. It was divided into G-, H-, and J-series depending on the production year. The Interceptor may have taken some styling cues from the Brasinca Uirapuru, with a distinctive large, curving wrap-around rear window that doubled as a tailgate.

Supplied new on 2nd February 1973 to Mr. Lance Dickenson of Sheffield by local dealer Endcliffe Motors, this delightfully original Interceptor has only just been repatriated into the UK, having been dry-stored in Australia for some 21 years.

Pleasingly the Interceptor is supplied with original warranty claims, which in themselves make for interesting reading. Repairs under warranty in the first two years of ownership include the fitting of replacement exhaust silencer, attention to the electrics, door operation, and addressing sundry carburettor and starting issues. The underside of the car was under sealed from new. In conjunction with the Australian climate this has helped preserve the original state of the bodywork, which we are told shows no signs of repairs or rust.. Now showing a sensible 86,000 miles from new, this matching numbers car is one of the most original Interceptors available, even down to the magnesium spare wheel, which appears never to have been fitted. Finished in a stylish shade of silver with a red leather interior, and supplied with original build sheets and handbook, UK Nova certificate and Australian title document, this Interceptor is the perfect car for the purist.

ESTIMATE £19,000- £24,000

Auction Ascot April 2016
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lot details

Lot Number 133
Registration Number EU Taxes Paid
Chassis Number 136/8165
Year 1973
Make Jensen
Model Interceptor

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