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Lot 234: Jensen Interceptor Series III Convertible

Important Collectors' Motorcars & Motorcycles, Bonhams (16 June 2012)

The Interceptor saloon was not a shape that took readily to being converted to a soft-top, so the whole rear end of the car was restyled with more square-cut lines and a proper boot lid. This restyling was a complete success, giving the new car a very balanced profile, especially with the hood down.' 'Jensen' by Keith Anderson. Arguably the most glamorous and prestigious of all Interceptor variants, the Convertible represented the West Bromwich manufacturer's highest aspirations at the time of its introduction in 1974. With the Interceptor sports saloon's introduction in 1967, Jensen had switched from glassfibre 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. Leather upholstery, reclining front seats and walnut veneer were all standard features, 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 1971, came with a 7.2-litre engine, better seats, central locking and alloy wheels. For 1974 Jensen adopted an improved, 330bhp version of the 7.2-litre 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 materialise, Jensen was left in a strong position, selling 506 Convertibles in the next two years. Today the Interceptor Convertible is one of Jensen's most sought after models. This superb example of Jensen's timeless classic is finished in a Burgundy metallic with contrasting tan leather interior and mohair convertible top, while other noteworthy features include electronic fuel injection and an upgraded four-speed automatic gearbox. 'YTC 211N' has benefited from an extensive programme of maintenance over the years, and recently was serviced and had various cosmetic works carried out by Cropredy Bridge at a cost of 8,000. A very good history file accompanies the Jensen, viewing of which is highly recommended. Presented in very good order and driving perfectly, the car is offered with sundry restoration invoices and Swansea V5 registration document.

Lot Details
Auction Important Collectors' Motorcars & Motorcycles
Bonhams, Oxford, UK
TypeCar
Lot Number234
Estimate£35000-£40000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£35000
Hammer Price (inc premium)£40250
Year1974
Condition rating2
Registration numberYTC 211N
Mileage-
Chassis number23409945
Engine number4C 12674
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2