1974 Jensen Interceptor III
Lot 365
1974 Jensen Interceptor Series III Sports Saloon, Chassis no. 2240-9338 Engine no. 4L12319
£15,000 - 18,000
US$ 25,000 - 30,000
Lot Details
1974 Jensen Interceptor Series III Sports Saloon

Registration no. 9355 PE
Chassis no. 2240-9338
Engine no. 4L12319


  • With the Interceptor's introduction Jensen switched from glassfibre to steel for its car bodies, though underneath the preceding C-V8's chassis, running gear and 6,276cc Chrysler engine remained substantially unchanged. With around 280bhp on tap, performance was more than adequate, The Motor recording a top speed of 140mph with 100mph arriving in 19 seconds. Four-wheel servo-assisted Dunlop discs looked after the braking while the ride quality could be varied by the Armstrong Selectaride dampers' dashboard control. Leather upholstery, reclining front seats and walnut veneer were all standard features of the Vignale-styled, Anglo-American Grand Routier, while automatic transmission was the choice of almost all buyers. 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 GKN alloy wheels. By the time the final J-series came along, air conditioning and Sundym glass had been standardised on UK-market right-hand drive cars.

    This highly original J-series Interceptor III was previously owned by one Barry G Davies, who had purchased it in November 1974 from Bristol Cars' London showroom on Kensington High Street. In a typed history on file, Mr Davies states that the car (first registered 'XEA 808M') had been owned by one of Jensen's directors. He goes on to say that he used the Interceptor extensively, advancing the recorded mileage from 5,600 at time of purchase to 80,000 when the car was 'retired'. By that time it had been restored by Messrs Sturdy & Lowe and won the Jensen Owners Club concours on three occasions (1986, 1988 and 1990). Some measure of its quality may be gauged from the fact that it was chosen as the cover car for John Tipler's 'Jensen Interceptor – The Complete Story'(see illustration).

    The current owner purchased the Jensen directly from Mr Davies (who had reregistered it '9355 PE') and has used the car sparingly, covering fewer than 1,000 miles (the current odometer reading is 88,000). Running superbly and exceptionally well presented, this desirable J-series Interceptor is offered with an original sales brochure, owner's manual and an extensive history file containing numerous invoices from Jensen Motors, Sturdy & Lowe, etc (inspection recommended).

Saleroom notices

  • We are pleased to advise this vehicle is offered with a current MoT valid until November 2013 and a Swansea V5C Registration Certificate.
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