The Model - Looking for a design that would carry the Jensen nameplate into the 1970's, Carrozzeria Touring was called upon to produce both a four-place touring coupe and convertible. There were some issues with the initial design and that is when the talents at Vignale stepped in smoothing out rough edges and bringing a production model to market. When the Interceptor was released in 1971, it won wide acclaim, but limited sales due to skyrocketing fuel prices. Jensen launched a refinement of the Interceptor and in 1974, the Mark III was introduced. Under the hood, the mighty 440 Magnum V8 sourced from Chrysler powered the car with shifting accomplished by the Torque-Flite transmission. Power to the rear drive wheels was through a Salisbury limited slip differential. The performance was swift with 0-to-60 MPH time just over 7 seconds which was on par with other contemporary British sports cars. Despite some innovative marketing plans, the Jensen brothers quietly discontinued production in the latter half of 1976.
The Car - This outstanding Interceptor Mark III (Series 4), is one of just 46 coupes produced. Finished in Deep Black, the car features black leather seats up front and the rear, a full assortment of original gauges, a period sound system, plus heating and air-conditioning. Under the hood is presentable and has not been molested or modified. The body appears to be very straight but upon close inspection, one can see this car still wears its original paint and as such there are little tell-tale signs of patina and age. The wheels appear to be original to the car and even the cargo area is clean and is well presenting, including an original vintage pump-action fire extinguisher. During a recent test drive, the car seemed to operate at factory specs or even better. The body was quite sound with hood and deck-lid lined up well and with the doors operating smoothly. All of the glass also appears to be in good condition with no cracks, marks or delamination issues. The Jensen brothers produced automotive bodies and cars starting in the 1930's and their quality was some of the best the UK ever saw. This coupe represents the end of an era, the end of an empire.