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Lot 023: Jensen Interceptor MkIII

Classic Car, Motorcycle & Automobilia, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (24 June 2009)

Surely one of the most handsome and distinctive sports tourers ever made, the Jensen Interceptor was a fabulous amalgam of Italian style, American muscle and British craftsmanship. Styled by Touring of Milan with some subtle tweaks by Vignale (who also made the first bodies) it was initially powered by a 6,276cc Chrysler V8 driving the rear wheels through a TorqueFlite automatic transmission and had dragster-like performance. Launched in 1966, it immediately attracted the glitterati of '60s society, early owners including Dusty Springfield, Tony Curtis, Cliff Richard, Henry Cooper, Harold Robbins and Lord Carrington, the last two of whom owned several examples.

The MkII cars came out in 1969 and featured many detail improvements over the MkI including improved front suspension and brakes, different front end styling and a more modern dashboard. Power was also up slightly to 330bhp and 425lb/ft of torque. The last model of the line was the MkIII which came out in 1971 with an even plusher interior, central locking, improved dual-circuit brakes, new GKN alloy wheels and a bigger 7.2-litre engine. In all just 6,408 Interceptors were made before production came to an end in 1976 and good ones are now highly prized.

"With a power output like this in a car weighing 33cwt unladen, the results of pressing the accelerator are pretty electrifying to say the least," wrote Autocar in its first test of the MkII, recording a 0-60 time of 6.4 secs on the way to a top speed of 137mph. "With all that torque on tap and such excellent brakes willing to take any punishment, there are no problems getting along very fast indeed."

First registered in August 1973 this Jensen Interceptor III comes with a large history file from new and has had some �25,000 spent on it to bring it up to the superb condition you see today. The metallic blue paintwork is in lovely condition as is the cream hide interior. The car is said to drive beautifully with excellent oil pressure and temperature at all times and an impressive turn of speed. With an MOT until December and taxed until September it is ready to drive away today. As good an example as you could realistically hope to find, it looks excellent value at the guide price suggested today.

Lot Details
Auction Classic Car, Motorcycle & Automobilia
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Leominster
Lot Number023
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Condition rating0
Registration numberOBP 171M
Chassis number1368885
Engine number3C11599
Engine capacity (cc)7200
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors