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1969 Jensen Interceptor Mk 2
Lot No.: 153
Registration: 795 PJ 39
Chassis Number: 125/5006
Engine Number: 1715 / 125 E
Number of cylinders: 8
Year of Manufacture: 1969
Sold for (£): 1,510
First shown in London at the October 1966 Earls Court Motor Show, the original Interceptor Mk 1 was superseded in October 1969 by the Mk 2. Still benefiting from the 6276cc Chrysler V8, the Mk 2 was upgraded with the addition of ventilated disc brakes as well as revisions around the headlights, grille and bumper, and a completely new dashboard and fascia.
Jensen started as a coach building firm in the early 1930s. After a period building commercial vehicles and saloons, the company started producing sports cars. The Interceptor has become one of the classic GT cars, favoured by royalty and rock stars alike, and known to be smooth, quiet, very refined and easy to drive, with the original design from the house of Carrozzeria Touring in Milan.
Our car, Crystal Blue in colour and an early Mk 2 - registered in December 1969 - is only the 6th left hand drive Mk 2 ever built, from a total also of only 432. Supplied to British Motors in Monaco, on January 7th 1970, she was first owned by Colonel C.E.C Rabagliati from St Jacques- Grasse in South of France.
It is worth noting that chassis 5006 is fitted with power steering and air conditioning and has most recently been owned by a highly anglophilic Frenchman. This car has been stored in a dry barn/warehouse alongside predominantly British siblings such as Jaguar, other Jensen and Range Rover. One of her positives is that she is remarkably free of rust, although this is slightly offset by her large rear end accident damage. She can be saved, and she definitely represents a wonderful restoration opportunity.
Currently registered in France, she is offered with a carte grise (French log book) and a copy of the Jensen factory documentation listing her construction and some paper relating to her life with Colonel Rabagliati.