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Lot 607: Jensen Interceptor Series III Convertible

The Beaulieu Sale Collectors' Motor Cars, Motorcycles and, Bonhams (8 September 2012)

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 left-hand drive example of Jensen's timeless classic was imported from the USA in 2004 by a Jensen enthusiast who owned eight of them. In 2008 the car was restored by the renowned UK marque specialist Cropredy Bridge Garage (mechanicals and body) while the interior and soft-top were re-trimmed by upholstery specialists Roglic in Belgium in 2010. Finished in gold with beige leather interior, the car is presented in original specification and offered with Belgian Carte Grise.

Lot Details
Auction The Beaulieu Sale Collectors' Motor Cars, Motorcycles and
Bonhams, Beaulieu, National Motor Museum, Hampshire, UK
TypeCar
Lot Number607
Estimate£15000-£25000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£16000
Hammer Price (inc premium)£18400
Year1976
Condition rating0
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis number2311 1935
Engine number4006630-440-7
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2