More than any of its previous models, the Interceptor of the Sixties firmly established Jensen as a producer of stylish, high performance and hand-built cars. The prototype Interceptor appeared in 1965, a two seater convertible with alloy coachwork, a third transverse rear seat and either 4.5 or 6.3 litre Chrysler engine. Although well received, Jensen realised the market was really for closed cars and entrusted the design to Vignale in Italy.
Launched at the 1966 London Motor Show, the stylish Interceptor proved a star attraction. Beneath its now steel coachwork the substantial parallel tube chassis featured independent wishbone/coil spring front suspension and disc brakes all-round.
Power came from a 6,276cc Chrysler V8, producing 325bhp at 4,600rpm and an impressive 4251b.ft at 2,800rpm, mated to a three-speed Chrysler automatic transmission – sufficient for a top speed of 133mph and 0-60mph in just 7.4 seconds. Inside, Connolly leather and Wilton carpets ensured luxury while the dashboard was comprehensively equipped.
In October 1968, shortly after power steering became standard, the Interceptor was announced in Mk II form with larger fuel tank, reclining seats, restyled fascia and optional air conditioning. The Mk III appeared in October 1971, boasting a 7,212cc engine, ventilated disc brakes, alloy wheels and restyled interior. A convertible was introduced in 1974, mainly for the European market.
In the mid-1970’s most other manufacturers had abandoned the convertible ahead of an expected US ban. When the latter failed to materialise, Jensen was left in a strong position, selling a recorded 456 Convertibles, in its short two year production run. Jensen Motors were, however, hit badly by the oil shocks of the early 1970’s and, having called in the receivers in September 1975, ceased trading in May 1976.
Today the Interceptor Convertible is one of Jensen’s most sought after models.
Offered with a fresh Dutch MOT (APK) due to expire in June 2019, unlike many of the examples we have seen in Europe, this original California car is very solid and rust-free. The chromework is good and the roof presents almost as new.
The car is described to drive well with everything from its electric windows, to convertible roof and airconditioning fully functioning.
Offered at a considerably low reserve, this very original example presents a fantastic investment opportunity and is ready to be driven away by its new owner.