1974 Jensen Interceptor III

Highlights


  • 7.2-litre V8
  • Long MoT
  • Sumptuous leather interior

The Appeal


The Jensen Interceptor needs no introduction. This is a stalwart of the British classic car landscape, an iconic shape and a well known name. It features a distinctive wrap-around rear windscreen and acres of bonnet, below which is a 7.2-litre V8.

This example is a Mark III, built in 1974, and remains in good condition. The sumptuous leather interior invites you in and the throaty roar of the V8 is the perfect soundtrack to a drive through the English countryside. 



The History and Paperwork


  • £4,827 invoice for bodywork
  • MoT to May 2023
  • Road tax and MoT exempt


The Interior


  • Leather seats, dashboard and steering wheel
  • Factory fitted air-con, requires servicing 
  • Well-appointed dashboard

Upon opening the door of the Interceptor, you are invited in to take a seat on the fine leather seat, with a full complement of instruments ahead of you and a comprehensive array of tactile rocker switches within reach. 

The leather continues onto the dashboard, centre console and door cards and it remains in good condition. The rear seats feature a raised centre console, marking this car out as a luxurious four-seater.

Unusually for a car of this period, this generation of Interceptor was fitted with air conditioning as standard. This will need some attention to bring it back to working order, along with the heater. 

The driver’s seat bolster is worn as you would expect, with a small tear. But the rest of the interior remains largely in great condition. The boot is tidy and holds a spare wheel. 


The Exterior 


  • Painted Old English White
  • Fantastic alloy wheels

The first thing that catches the eye when glancing at this Interceptor are its flamboyant alloy wheels. They show off the fact that the car is fitted with disc brakes on all four wheels, still a rarity in the 1970s. 

Finished in a fetching shade of Old English White, this Interceptor really stands out from the crowd. There are a few age related blemishes in the paintwork and some pitting to the chrome, but overall the car remains presentable. 

In 2013 the car underwent a lot of work to its body, for which there is an invoice on file. This included the front valance, floors, inner sills, outer sills, bonnet, and the rear of the roof. Paintwork was completed at this time and the car was also lowered. 

The Mechanics 


  • Massive 7.2-litre V8
  • Current MoT
  • Four wheel disc brakes

The beating heart of this Interceptor is its impressively proportioned 7.2-litre Chrysler V8 engine, a real party piece. This is said to give out the kind of noise you want from a car like this. 

Reassuringly, although this car is exempt from having to pass an MoT, its current owner has continued to have it tested. It passed without any advisories in May of this year.

The vendor reports that there is no smoke from the engine. There is a minor drip from the gearbox sump gasket, which the seller says will be replaced. It reportedly drives without any unusual noises or knocks, accelerates smoothly and stops squarely.



Summary


This Jensen Interceptor truly is a car for making an entrance. Its dashing colour scheme, huge louvred bonnet, flamboyant wheels and V8 rumble mean that you will be noticed wherever you go.

The reassurance of a long MoT will give peace of mind to the next owner. This is a car which has received a lot of care and attention, ready to be used and enjoyed as intended.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1974
  • Make Jensen
  • Model Interceptor III
  • Colour White
  • Odometer 81,849 Miles
  • Engine size 7200
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Location London
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
5 bids from 4 bidders
  • Al•••• £25,750 25/08/22
  • ke•••• £25,500 20/08/22
  • Al•••• £25,000 18/08/22
  • tw•••• £6,500 18/08/22
  • su•••• £6,000 18/08/22

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