1974 Jensen Interceptor
Year of manufacture1974
Number of seats2
Offered from the estate of the late Peter Phillips
1974 Jensen Interceptor Series III Sports Saloon
Registration no. VHW 610N
Chassis no. 9710
Brothers Alan and Richard Jensen first became involved with car design and construction in 1925 when their efforts to improve on the styling and performance of an Austin Seven Chummy attracted much favourable attention. A few Jensen-bodied Fords were produced in the mid-1930s before a more serious manufacturing effort commenced in 1938. Post-WW2 Jensen kept afloat by producing bodies for other manufacturers, most notably Austin-Healey, while producing its own stylish GTs in limited numbers. It was not until the Interceptor's arrival in 1967 that cars began to leave the West Bromwich factory in large numbers
With the Interceptor's introduction Jensen switched from glassfibre to steel for its car bodies, though underneath the preceding C-V8's chassis, running gear and 6,276cc Chrysler engine remained substantially unchanged. With around 280bhp on tap, performance was more than adequate, The Motor recording a top speed of 140mph with 100mph arriving in 19 seconds.
Four-wheel servo-assisted Dunlop discs looked after the braking while the ride quality could be varied by the Armstrong Selectaride dampers' dashboard control. Leather upholstery, reclining front seats, and walnut veneer trim were all standard features of this Vignale-styled Anglo-American GT, while automatic transmission was the choice of almost all buyers. The Series II incorporated revised front suspension, Girling brakes, and a redesigned interior, while the Series III, introduced in October 1971, came with a 7.2-litre engine, better seats, central locking, and GKN alloy wheels. By the time the final J-series came along, air conditioning and Sundym glass had been standardised on UK-market right-hand drive cars.
Peter Phillips bought this Series III Interceptor from Stratton Motor Company in January 2014 and over the next couple of years spent around £20,000 on general servicing and extensive refurbishment (bills on file). Although not used for the last 18 months, the Jensen has nevertheless been started regularly and been stored in a modern purpose-built car storage barn commissioned by Peter Phillips. This exciting Anglo-America Gran Turismo is offered with an instruction book, a V5C Registration Certificate (in the previous keeper's name) and the aforementioned bills.