Just arrived from Santa Monica, California for restoration. Engine runs well. More details on request.
This is an incredibly special car and we are truly delighted to offer this very unique example onto the market. This Jensen just has everything you would look for in such a car. First of all this is a genuine UK car, first registered on the 12th July 1971. It is a matching numbers car with a lovely low mileage of 59,000, it is the more scarcely seen MKII model with low survival rate and the car spent 33 years with just one owner. Adding to this, since being purchased in 2014 as a good quality, very original example, £25,000 has been spent taking this Interceptor to the next level and today is a truly magnificent original car that has proven reliability. The Jensen has been subject of a recent bare metal re-paint and body restoration. Any evidence of corrosion was removed from the car and fresh new metal fabricated and various new panels fitted as required. The Jensen was stripped down to the rolling shell with all glass removed and treated to a top quality re-paint in its original colour. The result is a first class bodyshell boasting sharp wheel arch edges and stunning straight panels. Various re-chroming work has been carried out, wheels have been re-furbished and new Vredestein
Chequered Flag International is pleased to offer this 1976 Jensen Interceptor III Convertible. This is the one of 171 '76 Intereceptors built and the ONLY one in Frisco Blue. Has an amazing Red leather interior with wool inserts. 58,500 miles. Runs and drives nicely. Body is very good, underside is solid. The car is stunning with this original color combination. Just had a full windshield out repaint. Rechromed bumpers. The interior and top are really very good, the dash although still shiny should be refinished. Mechanically strong. Nice engine that seems commensurate with the mileage. Upgraded fans. I think this car makes sense as a investment for the following reasons: last year, the only one in this incredible color. low mileage. solid and straight example. Inspections encouraged, all sales AS-IS, sales tax and license fees due if delivered in California. Visit Chequered Flag International online at chequeredflag.com to see more pictures of this vehicle or call us at 310-827-8665 today to schedule your test drive.
For automobile enthusiasts in the 1960s and 70s, the term “hybrid” had a rather different meaning than it does today. In fact, hybrids of the 1970s were pretty much the polar opposite of the high-tech fuel sipping eco-mobiles we see all over today’s roads. A hybrid of the 60s and 70s combined coachbuilt European style and handling with the unsophisticated but undoubtedly effective grunt of an American V8 drivetrain. Many great cars were built on this formula, some more successful than others. Early trend-setters included Facel Vega, Bristol, Monteverdi and Iso Rivolta. Lesser known cars such as the Momo Mirage and DeTomaso Longchamp carried the torch against the likes of Aston Martin and Ferrari. But perhaps one of the most examples of this hybrid formula was the Jensen Interceptor. Built in original form between 1966 and 1976 (though several attempts to revive the model were made later), the Interceptor combined a British chassis with a Carrozzeria Touring-designed body, and big, thumping Chrysler V8 power. Jensen was no stranger to building American powered cars, having a long relationship with Chrysler thanks to the fiberglass CV8. With the new Interceptor, Jensen’s traditional fiberglass body was eschewed for steel and mated to a steel chassis featuring independent front suspension and a traditional Salisbury rear diff. Chrysler’s proven 383 cubic inch V8 powered the first series, but for 1971, the big-block 440 cubic inch unit was chosen for its superior power and torque ratings. All cars were fitted the bullet-proof Torque-Flite automatic transmission, though a manual could be had on the earliest examples. Customers could opt for the four-seat coupe with its distinct wrap-around rear glass, or for an equally elegant four-seat cabriolet. Whichever body style was selected, buyers were treated to a sumptuous, leather-lined cabin with aircraft-inspired switchgear, as was de rigueur for the time. While certainly not a lithe sports car, the Interceptor was no-doubt a proper GT thanks to the endless torque from the massive MoPar 440 and exceptional ride and handling characteristics. The style was very distinct and unlike some of the other “hybrids” of the period, unmistakable as anything but a Jensen Interceptor. Today, these fabulous GT cars are highly desirable for their excellent road manners, ease of service and exotic good looks. Comparable to a contemporary Aston Martin in terms of luxury and performance, the Interceptor can deliver today’s enthusiasts many of the same thrills at a fraction of the cost. Our featured 1975 Interceptor III Convertible is a late-production convertible with all of the engineering and design refinements that make it one of the best driving and most desirable of the range. Finished in striking red over tan, it is unusually flashy yet still retains an air of elegance and sophisticated style. This high-quality Interceptor has been treated to extensive restoration and refurbishment and it presents in beautiful condition. The red paint is excellent and the body is laser-straight with crisp body lines and excellent panel fit. It is very well detailed with correct, restored GKN alloy wheels and lovely restored brightwork. These late Interceptors have fabulous cabins and this example is no exception with seemingly endless swathes of tan leather in excellent order. Likewise the wool carpets have been restored as well as the beautiful burl walnut trim. A very nice Moto-Lita three-spoke wood wheel has been fitted and the stereo system upgraded to modern components. The tan Everflex convertible top is in excellent condition and operates smoothly at the touch of a switch and a leather top boot keeps things tidy when the top is down. In proper drophead coupe tradition, the top is fully lined and insulated to ensure quiet and comfortable top-up motoring. The engine bay is pleasingly well-detailed, and while showing some moderate use, remains clean and tidy with plenty of evidence of careful maintenance. The prominent air cleaner has been painted red to match the bodywork and the car retains its proper original Jenesen-branded alloy valve covers. With a quality restoration and well-sorted mechanicals, this Interceptor III is ready for enjoyment on the road. When compared to its contemporaries it also represents an amazing value. This is a proper Italian designed, British-built GT car with loads of luxury and the added bonus of relative ease of service, thumping performance, and real exclusivity.
New in stock Jensen Interceptor. Refurbishment and modernisation planned in our leading restoration workshop. This is the ideal time to be part of the project and build an Interceptor to your exact specification, included but limited to paintwork colour, higher power engine and interior styling. Contact our sales team to find out more
To be sold as a running restoration project with a full MOT.
1976 Jensen Interceptor III Convertible The iconic Jensen Interceptor is a highly regarded British sporting GT-class motor car. These stunning cars were hand-built at the Kelvin Way Factory in West Bromwich England by Jensen Motors between 1966 and 1976. The Interceptor name had been used previously by Jensen for the Jensen Interceptor made between 1950 and 1957 at the Carters Green factory. Jensen had extensively used glass-reinforced plastic for the fabrication of body panels in the preceding two decades, but the new Interceptor saw a return to a steel body-shell. The body was designed by an outside firm, Carrozzeria Touring of Italy, rather than the in-house staff. The early bodies were built in Italy by Vignale, before Jensen took production in house, making some subtle body modifications. The Interceptor Mark III is probably the most widely known and recognized Jensen found on roads today. In its final form, the Interceptor III represented the pinnacle of Jensen car development. For those thinking about buying a Jensen today, these cars epitomise what Jensen motoring was all about. The Mark III was first introduced in 1971, with a revised front grille, headlamp finishers and bumper treatment. It had GKN alloy wheels and air conditioning as standard, and revised seats too. The 6.3 litre 383ci engine was superseded by the 7.2 litre 440ci in 1971 delivering a new range of torque and power. This magnificent Jensen Interceptor III Convertible is finished in Platinum Silver metallic with Black hide upholstery and complemented with a Black mohair soft top. From the private garage of a Gentleman collector, this exceptional car has been the subject of meticulous attention during his long ownership with invoices amounting up towards a six figure sum throughout its cherished life and remains today in a state of road readiness for everyday driving or some serious continental touring. Available for viewing in our Kew showroom.
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