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Lot 605: Jensen Interceptor Series III Coupe

Important Collectors' Motor Cars, Bonhams (1 December 2008)

For 1974 Jensen adopted an improved, 330bhp version of the 7.2-litre Chrysler V8 on the 'J Series' Interceptor Series III, 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 in turn would inspire Jensen's final variation on the Interceptor theme: the Coupé. Announced at the London Motor Show in October 1975, the striking-looking Coupé featured dark blue tinted panels, immediately behind the 'B' posts, that continued across the roof. Sadly, by this time Jensen Motors Ltd was in severe financial difficulty (the firm had been in receivership since before the '75 Motor Show) and relatively few had been built before the receivers called a halt and all Interceptor production ceased. In total, 4,255 Interceptor IIIs of all types were manufactured between 1971 and 1976, with many of the final batch being completed and delivered by the successor company, Jensen Parts & Services Ltd, after the official closure of Jensen Motors. A very late Interceptor III, chassis number '1862' is one of only 50-or-so Coupé models made and one of only four originally finished in Pine Green livery, which in its particular case is complemented by tan leather upholstery and walnut dashboard, this latter feature having been introduced on UK models in 1975. The car displays a total of approximately 62,000 miles on the odometer and is described as in generally very good condition, although it is also stated that the body and paintwork are in need of some attention. Sold without reserve, 'PHA 791R' is offered with sundry service invoices, dating certificate, road fund licence/MoT to June 2009 and Swansea V5 registration document. The vendor advises us that a new fuel pump and new 'fast wind' starter motor have been fitted recently.

Lot Details
Auction Important Collectors' Motor Cars
Bonhams, Olympia, London
TypeCar
Lot Number605
Estimate£8000-£10000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£7245
Year1976
Condition rating0
Registration numberPHA 791R
Mileage-
Chassis number1862
Engine number5C00414
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2