1972 Jensen Interceptor III  Chassis no. 133/5586

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Lot 126
1972 Jensen Interceptor III
Chassis no. 133/5586

Sold for € 59,800 (US$ 67,807) inc. premium
1972 Jensen Interceptor III
Chassis no. 133/5586
Avec l'introduction de l'Interceptor en 1967, Jensen passe de la fibre de verre à l'acier pour la fabrication de ses carrosseries. Sous l'habillage toutefois, le châssis et les trains de la C-V8, ainsi que le moteur Chrysler 6 276 cm3, sont globalement inchangés. Avec environ 280 ch disponibles, les performances sont plus que suffisantes, le magazine The Motor enregistrant une vitesse de pointe de 225 km/h et les 160 km/h étant atteints en 19 secondes. Le freinage est confié à quatre disques assistés Dunlop, et le style de comportement peut être modifié par le réglage au tableau de bord des amortisseurs Armstrong Selectaride. Sellerie cuir, sièges avant inclinables et ronce de noyer font partie des équipements de série, alors que la transmission automatique représente le choix de la majorité des acheteurs. La Série II bénéficie d'une suspension améliorée, de freins Girling et d'un intérieur redessiné alors que la Série III, présentée en 1971, reçoit un moteur 7,2 litres, de meilleurs sièges et des jantes en alliage à fixation centrale. Pour 1973, Jensen adopte sur la "Série J" MkIII une version améliorée, 330 ch, du V8 Chrysler 7,2 litres. Elle gagne aussi en équipement, l'air conditionné étant livré de série comme il l'avait été sur l'Interceptor SP maintenant arrêtée. La principale nouveauté cette même année réside dans le lancement du cabriolet, qui à son tour va inspirer à Jensen la variation finale sur le thème Interceptor : le Coupé.
Cette Interceptor III conduite à gauche a été livrée neuve en Oklahoma (Etats-Unis), restant entre les mains de son premier propriétaire jusqu'en 2007. De couleur bordeaux avec sellerie cuir beige (les sièges arrière sont "comme neufs"), la voiture n'a pas couvert plus de 60 800 km au total et se présente en splendide état d'origine et de fonctionnement. Rare opportunité d'acquérir une de ces Grand Tourisme de fabrication artisanale — d'un style rivalisant avec la Maserati Ghibli et la Rolls-Royce Corniche — cette merveilleuse Interceptor est munie de son porte-clé Jensen d'origine, de son manuel d'instructions, de l'ancien document de circulation américain et des documents de douane confirmant le paiement des droits européens.

With the Interceptor’s introduction in 1967, Jensen switched from glassfibre to steel for its car bodies. Underneath though, 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, and 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, 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 in turn would inspire Jensen’s final variation on the Interceptor theme: the Coupé.
This left-hand drive Interceptor III was delivered new in Oklahoma, USA and remained with its original owner until 2007. Finished in Burgundy with excellent beige leather interior (the rear seats are ‘as new’), the car has covered a mere 38,000 miles and is presented in superb, fully original condition, running well. Representing a rare opportunity to acquire one of these hand-build Gran Turismos - rivalling the Maserati Ghibli and Rolls-Royce Corniche for style - this wonderful Interceptor comes with an original Jensen key fob, owner’s manual, old US title and customs form confirming EU duty paid.
1972 Jensen Interceptor III  Chassis no. 133/5586
1972 Jensen Interceptor III  Chassis no. 133/5586
1972 Jensen Interceptor III  Chassis no. 133/5586
1972 Jensen Interceptor III  Chassis no. 133/5586
1972 Jensen Interceptor III  Chassis no. 133/5586
1972 Jensen Interceptor III  Chassis no. 133/5586
1972 Jensen Interceptor III  Chassis no. 133/5586
1972 Jensen Interceptor III  Chassis no. 133/5586
1972 Jensen Interceptor III  Chassis no. 133/5586
1972 Jensen Interceptor III  Chassis no. 133/5586
1972 Jensen Interceptor III  Chassis no. 133/5586
1972 Jensen Interceptor III  Chassis no. 133/5586
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