1976 Jensen Interceptor Convertible  Chassis no. 23111985

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Lot 11
1976 Jensen Interceptor Convertible
Chassis no. 23111985

US$ 55,000 - 60,000
£ 43,000 - 47,000
1976 Jensen Interceptor Convertible
Chassis no. 23111985
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. With the Interceptor Coupé’s introduction in 1967, Jensen had switched from glassfibre 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. 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’ 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 materialize, 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.

The car offered is said to be one of the last 5 Jensen's produced. With less than 58,000 miles from new, it was subject to a full restoration, with accompanying bills, the car shows beautifully in white with a tan interior.

The drivetrain was rebuilt, including engine, automatic transmission, suspension and brakes. The car drives like it is new. The interior is as close to perfect as you will find, having been restored using Connolly leather. The paint and brightwork are excellent, as is panel fit.

This is an excellent opportunity to purchase a beautifully restored example of British elegance.
1976 Jensen Interceptor Convertible  Chassis no. 23111985
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