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Lot No. 256 - 1971 Jensen Interceptor II

Sold for: £36,563

Extremely attractive and beautifully presented, second series Interceptor.
Details Specification
  • A sparkling, UK-supplied, RHD, Series II Interceptor finished in a super colour combination
  • Factory options include special interior colour, tinted glass, stereo upgrade and air conditioning
  • Subject to a recent complete repaint in Aston Martin Meteor Grey. Smart 17’’ alloys
  • Superbly presented special-order Oxblood Red interior with some subtle updates
  • All works documented and completed by marque specialists with receipts and invoices on file
  • MoT Valid to 13th October 2021

The Jensen Interceptor was a sporting GT-class car, hand-built in the UK by Jensen Motors between 1966 and 1976. The car broke with Jensen tradition by having a steel body shell instead of a glass-reinforced plastic one and by having the body designed by an outside firm, Carrozzeria Touring of Italy, the firm more recognisably associated with the likes of Aston Martin, Lamborghini, Maserati and Alfa Romeo. The engine was a Chrysler V8, initially of 6276cc, with an optional manual transmission, but the more common choice was the TorqueFlite automatic transmission, and drive was via the rear wheels through a limited-slip differential and a conventional Salisbury rear axle. The Interceptor took its styling cues from the Brasinca Uirapuru, a little known Brazilian Coupé, that sported a distinctive large, curving wrap-around rear window that doubled up as a tailgate. The original specification included electric windows, reclining front seats, a wood-rimmed steering wheel, a radio with twin speakers, reversing lights and an electric clock. Power steering was included as standard from September 1968. The Mark II Interceptor was announced in October 1969 with revised frontal styling and vented disc brakes.

Offered here is a spectacular UK-supplied, second series Jensen Interceptor presented in the lovely combination of Aston Martin Meteor Grey Metallic paintwork with a luxurious special order Oxblood Red leather interior. This example was first UK registered in July 1971 and had been specified from new with special interior colour, tinted glass, stereo upgrade and air conditioning.

Our private vendor discovered this handsome Interceptor in 2019 and made the decision to set about a sympathetic restoration with the intention of preserving as much of the originality as possible. The aim was to achieve a finish that presented extremely well but retained the hallmarks of a gently aged and well looked after car.

A highly regarded marque specialist was commissioned to complete a thorough schedule of works. These works included; removal of all doors and glass for a full body respray with all the lines and panel gaps corrected if necessary. Known troublesome areas such as the sills were removed and replaced. All rubber seals were renewed as well as a replacement windscreen professionally installed. The rear brakes and wheel bearings were replaced and the Jensen fitted with new period style 17’’ alloy wheels.

We are informed that the car starts at the first turn of the key, runs very smoothly with good oil pressure, performs well and there are no untoward noises or knocking issues. The above schedule of work had been conducted with the intention of importing the Jensen into Australia however we are informed that a change in import laws has forced a change of plans.

In summary, this is a great opportunity to take ownership of a fine example that has recently benefitted from considerable renovations and is now beautifully finished in a colour that really suits the car and perfectly complements the original interior.  The history file contains related paperwork and invoices from the above-mentioned work, the V5c and a new MOT valid until October 2020.

You can now book a one-to-one appointment (up to one hour) to view this lot at our central location Monday to Friday between Thursday 29th  October -  12th November. Please contact our office on 01926 691 141 to secure your appointment or to discuss the car in more detail contact Steven on 07500 040422 / steven@silverstoneauctions.com. The health and safety of both our customers and team remain the utmost priority, we are therefore operating to strict COVID-19 guidelines and full instructions for arrival and inspection protocols will be given when making your appointment.

Year of manufacture:
1971
Make:
Jensen
Chassis number:
1234206
# of cylinders:
8
Transmission:
Automatic
Engine capacity:
6276
Body colour:
Meteor Grey
MOT Expiry:
Wednesday 13 October 2021
LHD/RHD:
Right-hand Drive
Registration number:
OFL 265J
Model:
Interceptor
Engine number:
J2409/1239
Interior colour:
Oxblood Red
Odometer Reading:
110,581
miles
Warranted Mileage:
Warranted

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