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The Gstaad Sale / 1975 Jensen Interceptor ConvertibleChassis no. 23111653
Sold for CHF34,500 inc. premium
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European Sales Manager
International Chairman for Motoring
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 arrival in 1974. With the Interceptor sports saloon's introduction in 1967, Jensen had switched from fibreglass to steel for its car bodies. Underneath, the preceding C-V8 model's robust 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 (225km/h) with 100mph (161km/h) arriving in 19 seconds. Leather upholstery, reclining front seats, and walnut veneer were all standard features, 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 alloy wheels. For 1974 Jensen adopted an improved, 330bhp version of the 7.2-litre Chrysler V8 on the 'J Series' Series III, 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 in mildly updated Series IV form. 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 worldwide over the next three years. Today the Interceptor Convertible is one of Jensen's most sought after models.
This Series IV example of Jensen's timeless classic was purchased by the current owner from well-known and respected Hyman Ltd Classic Cars in the USA in June 2007. Offered with copies of the bill of sale and a Texas Certificate of Title, the car has been stored since acquisition and will require restoration and re-commissioning before further use.
Please note that if this vehicle is to be imported into Switzerland, Swiss Customs charges (Duty, Car Tax and VAT) will apply at roughly 12.5% of the Purchase Price. Included in this is the Swiss Duty which is calculated on the weight of the vehicle and shall be CHF 15 per 100 kg. Also included is Swiss Car Tax at 4% and this is calculated on the total Purchase Price (Hammer + Buyers Premium). Swiss VAT will then be applicable on the aggregated amount of the Hammer Price, Buyer's Premium, Swiss Duty and Swiss Car Tax at a rate of 7.7%.
Please note that customs rates to other countries shall vary. This vehicle will not be available for immediate collection after the sale and will only be released on completion of customs clearance. If you have any questions regarding customs clearance, please contact the Bonhams Motorcar Department or our recommended shippers.