Jensen Interceptor Series IV Convertible
The Jensen Interceptor was greeted with great acclaim when it débuted at the 1966 London Motor Show, as an indication that British constructors finally comprehended European chic. The smooth Vignale steel body was a huge improvement over the preceding CV8 model’s fibreglass shell, and with its American motor, the car inherited the mantle of the Facel Vega of a decade earlier.
Built as a Grand Routier, with a reliable Chrysler 383 CID V-8, the Interceptor was able to whisk a lucky owner and guest down to Nice for the weekend at up to 140 mph. There were a handful of four-speeds early on, but the automatic transmissions were preferred. Power rack-and-pinion steering contributed to ease of both parking and high-speed driving. By 1972, the engine size was up to 440 cubic inches, but the luxury levels remained the same. The Interceptors were fitted with handsome hide interiors, air conditioning, power windows and seats, and a handsome wood dash. In 1974, Jensen introduced its first convertible in more than 20 years, but only 267 were built, making them both desirable and collectible.
330 hp, 440 cu. in. OHV V-8 engine with four-barrel carburettor, three-speed automatic transmission, independent front suspension by coil springs and wishbones and live rear axle with semi-elliptic rear springs and Panhard rods, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 105 in.
Part of the RM Auctions in London in October, 2012.
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Simon Clay