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.
The Interceptor III for sale here is one of the increasingly rare convertible models from 1976 and would have been one of the last cars produced by Jensen as they ceased trading that same year. Widely regarded as one of the up and coming classics to own, it looks delightful finished in Green with Ivory interior. This is a matching numbers car with only 62,000 on the clock that has benefitted from a restoration of its interior. The car comes complete with electric roof and is ready to be driven and enjoyed.