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1975 Jensen Interceptor III

Lot No.: 409

Registration: DDW 1L
Chassis Number: 22409490
Engine Number: 4012440
Number of cylinders: 8
CC: 7212
Year of Manufacture: 1975
RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Estimate (£): 60,000 - 70,000
(+buyer's premium of 15% including VAT @ 20%)

 

  • Just three owners, 9,003 miles, and on offer for the first time in 35 years
  • Gloriously finished in Old English White with a superb original interior in Oxblood leather
  • Recently fully recommissioned by a highly regarded marque specialist
  • Original tool kit, substantial history folder, original handbook, a wealth of invoices and old MOTs
  • If originality is important and only the very best will do, this is an opportunity unlikely to be repeated

Supplied new to its first owner by ARD Garages of Cwmbran, South Wales on 04/04/75, this Series III Interceptor had been ordered in Old English White with a red leather interior. Also specified were a fluted bonnet, burr walnut facias to the central transmission and switchgear panel, and a radiomobile installation from the factory, all of which are, of course, still present today. The original owner lived just six miles from the supplying dealer and this would be his second car, only to be brought out when the sun was out and the roads were dry. To date, this lovely Jensen has been enjoyed by just three owners in total, the original owner, our vendors father and our vendor. The original owner is also a family friend and would be happy to clarify the complete history of the car if requested by the winning bidder.

Always dry stored correctly, this car presents in a 'time-warp' condition and represents a unique opportunity to own an Interceptor with all its original factory finishes intact. The paintwork and chrome retain a deep shine, having not been exposed to too much UK weather, the dashboard is remarkable, the dark red leather seats are gently patinated, as you might expect from a car that is 45 years old, and even the radio looks like it was installed yesterday. Our vendor informs us that the car has never had any major work as it has never required any.  With an indicated total mileage of just over 9,000, this car has inevitably spent time in storage throughout its life but has always been looked after by the right people. More recently the car was subject to a light recommission by a highly regarded marque specialist. This specialist is a former Chairman of the Jensen Owners Club and having owned a couple of Interceptors and had a good look at dozens of his member's cars felt that very little could surprise him when it came to Interceptors, until this previously unheard of car recently entered his workshop where he was able to identify original equipment he had not seen for many years.

DDW 1L is offered with its original tool kit, Martin Robey heritage certificate, a substantial history folder containing original documents, handbook, a wealth of invoices and old MOTs corroborating the indicated mileage. This is likely to be a once in a lifetime opportunity to own an Interceptor with very low use, low ownership, that has never been restored. If only the very best will do, and with restored cars never quite replicating the feeling you get from the genuine article, this example surely is the ‘Holy Grail’ to classic car collectors and Jensen enthusiasts alike.