1971 Royal Enfield 736cc Interceptor Series II
Registration no. JFZ 3796
Frame no. F2499
Engine no. IB2499
Built to satisfy the North American market's insatiable appetite for ever-larger engines, the 736cc Interceptor arrived in the UK in 1962 and was closely based on the Constellation but with the added refinement of a dynamically balanced crankshaft. In 1966 Royal Enfield was acquired by Norton Villiers and much of the business sold off. After a brief hiatus in production, Royal Enfield introduced the Series II Interceptor, with revised wet-sump engine, and the model continued in this form until the company's demise in 1970. Although it sold in relatively small numbers compared to the more popular BSA and Triumph twins, the big Interceptor had a character all of its own and even today commands a loyal following. A US market model, this Series II Interceptor was purchased from Burton Bike Bits in 2003 as a restoration project and stored until 2007. Noted Royal Enfield specialist Andy Berry then completely rebuilt the engine using replacement parts from Hickcock's Motorcycles and BBB at a cost of approximately £5,000. In early 2010 the owner commissioned Ashley Barter of Classic Vehicle Services to complete the restoration to concours standard. Over the next 12 months the Interceptor was restored at a cost of approximately £8,000 and finished in April 2011 (see related invoices and photographic record on file). Presented in beautiful condition, the machine is offered with dating certificate, MoT/tax to February 2013 and Swansea V5C document.