7,210cc OHV Chrysler V8
330bhp at 4,600rpm
3-Speed TorqueFlite Automatic Transmission
Independent Coil Spring Front and Beam Axle Semi-Elliptic Leaf Spring Rear Suspension
4-Wheel Hydraulic Dunlop Disc Brakes
*The final and most refined iteration of the Jensen Interceptor
*Delivered new to the United States
*Subject of an older partial restoration
*British panache and American muscle
THE JENSEN INTERCEPTOR
With the Interceptor Saloon's introduction in 1967, Jensen had switched from fiberglass to steel for its car bodies. Underneath, the preceding C-V8 model's robust 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 ride quality could be varied by the Armstrong Selectaride dampers' dashboard control. Leather upholstery, reclining front seats and walnut veneer were all standard features, with automatic transmission 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 1971, came with a 7.2-liter engine, better seats, central locking and alloy wheels. For 1974 Jensen adopted an improved, 330bhp version of the 7.2-liter Chrysler V8 on the 'J Series' MkIII, which also gained all the equipment, including air conditioning, that had been standard issue on the now-discontinued Interceptor SP. The major development that year though, was the introduction of the Convertible, which debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March. By this time most other manufacturers had abandoned the convertible ahead of an expected US ban. When the latter failed to materialize, Jensen was left in a strong position, selling 506 Convertibles in the next two years.
THE MOTORCAR OFFERED
Supplied new in the USA and custom built for 'The Hammer' according to a plaque on the dash, the left-hand drive Series III Interceptor was completed in December of 1975 in Copper Brown over tan leather and a tan top. Eventually making its way back to the United Kingdom, the Jensen later made its way to Germany. Partially restoration in Switzerland in the early 2000s, with the engine subject to a rebuild in the 1990s and the body repainted a few years after that.
The car is attractively finished in Bordeaux with cream leather interior and now sits on a set of chromed wire wheels. Acquired by the current owner in May of 2008, the droptop has been on static display since acquisition and as such mechanical recommissioning is recommended prior to enjoying it on the read. It is offered with owner's handbook, tool kit, old MOT and German registration papers, old TüV documents and 'gutachten' (expert's report), and a recently issued Statement of Origin from the records of Jensen Motors.