1974 Jensen Interceptor
Year of manufacture1974
1974 Jensen Interceptor Series III Sports Saloon
Chassis no. 22201846
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.
This left-hand drive Interceptor is rare indeed in having had only one owner from new. The car has always been the property of the Beherman Group and was used by Beherman Demoen, the Jensen importer for Belgium and Luxembourg. The Interceptor was first registered in 1974 as '33K69' and is still on that plate today as an 'Oldtimer'. In April 1991 it underwent extensive refurbishment, carried out in the UK by Jensen Car Company, and was completely restored in 2019 by LMB in Belgium. Finished in Burgundy Metallic following a road traffic incident with original beige leather interior, the car is described by the vendor as in very good condition throughout; indeed, with a guaranteed 59,360 kilometres from new it must be one of the least used Interceptors in existence.