1975 Jensen interceptor
Lot 507
1975 Jensen Interceptor série III cabriolet Chassis no. 2311 1692 Engine no. 4006630-440-3
Sold for €23,000 (US$ 29,559) inc. premium

Lot Details
1975 Jensen interceptor 1975 Jensen interceptor 1975 Jensen interceptor
1975 Jensen Interceptor série III cabriolet
Chassis no. 2311 1692
Engine no. 4006630-440-3
Sans doute la plus glamour et la plus prestigieuse de toutes les versions de l'Inteceptor, le cabriolet représentait le nec plus ultra de la firme de West Bromwich au momemnt de sa présentation, en 1974.

La série 2 offrait une suspension avant améliorée, des freins Girling et un nouvel intérieur, tandis que la série 3, dévoilée en 1971, y ajoutait un moteur 7, 2 litres, de meilleurs sièges, le verrouillage central et des roues en alliage. En 1974, Jensen adopta une version améliorée du V8 Chrysler 7, 2 litres de 330 ch sur la série J MkIII, qui profitait également de tous les équipements, y compris l'air conditionné, qui était montée en série sur l'Interceptor SP qui venait d'être abandonnée.

L'apport majeur cette année-là était l'apparition du cabriolet qui fit ses débuts au Salon de Genève en mars. À cette époque, la plupart des constructeurs avaient abandonné la production de cabriolets dans l'attente d'un règlement fédéral bannissant ce type de carrosserie aux États-Unis. Celui-ci n'arrivant pas, Jensen se trouva en position très favorable sur le marché et vendit 506 cabriolets dans les deux années qui suivirent. Aujourd'hui, l'Interceptor cabriolet est l'un des modèles Jensen les plus recherchés.

Cette conduite à gauche de l'intemporelle Jensen a été vendue neuve aux États-Unis. En 2009, la voiture a été restaurée par le Cropredy Bridge Garage, fameux spécialiste britannique de la marque, tandis que l'habitacle et la capote étaient confiés au spécialiste belge Rolig, de Liège. Avec un embrayage neuf tout récemment installé, la voiture est vendue avec sa carte grise roumaine.

1975 Jensen Interceptor Series III Convertible
Chassis no. 2311 1692
Engine no. 4006630-440-3

Arguably the most glamorous and prestigious of all Interceptor variants, the Convertible represented the West Bromwich manufacturer's highest aspirations at the time of its introduction in 1974.

The Series II incorporated revised front suspension, Girling brakes and a redesigned interior while the Series III, introduced in 1971, came with a 7.2-litre engine, better seats, central locking and alloy wheels. For 1974 Jensen adopted an improved, 330bhp version of the 7.2-litre Chrysler V8 on the 'J Series' MkIII, which also gained all the equipment, including air conditioning, that had been standard issue on the now-discontinued Interceptor SP.

The major development that year though, was the introduction of the Convertible, which debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March. By this time most other manufacturers had abandoned the convertible ahead of an expected US ban. When the latter failed to materialise, Jensen was left in a strong position, selling 506 Convertibles in the next two years. Today the Interceptor Convertible is one of Jensen's most sought after models.

This left-hand drive example of Jensen's timeless classic was sold new in the USA. In 2009 the car was restored by the renowned UK marque specialist Cropredy Bridge Garage while the interior and soft-top were re-trimmed by upholstery specialists Rolig in Liège, Belgium. Benefiting from a recent new clutch, the car is offered with Romanian Carte Grise.

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