1973 Jensen Interceptor CoupeSOLD

RM Auctions - Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction - August 16-18

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Estimate: $35,000-$45,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $27,500

330bhp, 383 cu. in. V8 Chrysler engine, Torque-Flite three-speed automatic transmission, Panhard rod and semi- elliptic leaf springs with a rigid rear axle, four-wheel power disc brakes. Wheelbase: 105"

Jensen cars date back to 1934, but the firm in which Alan and Richard Jensen found themselves as directors in 1931 – W.J. Smith and Sons, had been founded as a coachbuilder in 1870. Upon taking control, the two brothers set out to re-establish the car body business and were soon offering an alternative selection of coachwork for Fords, Standards, and Austins. The first Jensen-built cars appeared in 1934 in the form of Jensen-bodied V8 Fords and caught the attention of many, including Edsel Ford and Hollywood star Clark Gable. Jensen expanded rapidly following WWII and built a continuous line of sporty coupes. At the same time Jensen also assembled cars for other manufacturers, most notably Austin-Healey, and for a very short time the Volvo P1800.

The first Jensen Interceptor was introduced in 1950. In 1966, a new generation Interceptor powered by a Chrysler's 383 cubic inch V8 was unveiled and featured four-wheel disc brakes. Although the Interceptor was no lightweight, the Coupe could reach a top speed of almost 140 mph and reach 0-60 in just over seven seconds.

The importation of Jensen cars in the US increased steadily over the ensuing years until 1976. Yet, from 1971 to 1976 only 4,255 Interceptors were built and just 628 Coupes imported. The crippling oil embargo of 1975, mismanagement, and labor disputes led to the closing of Jensen in 1976. This beautiful Jensen Interceptor is painted in a factory maroon with a contrasting black vinyl top. These dramatic colors complement the like-new tan leather seats and matching wool carpets, while the brilliant chrome, trim and wheels are perfect accents for the Interceptor ’ s Italian-based styling by Touring. A richly polished wooden dash and accents make this Interceptor the perfect gentleman ’ s livery – particularly when the robust murmurs of the powerful V8 come alive when the ignition is turned on. Although not as pristine as the interior, there is plenty to be proud of under the hood. The American V8 has been well dressed and requires only minimal additional detailing.

Power, style, comfort, and rarity make this 1972 Jensen Mk. III Interceptor Coupe the perfect gentleman ’ s express.

Reference Number 10120

as of 6/1/2007

Car 1973 Jensen Interceptor Coupe
VIN 1335586 
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