1968 Jensen Interceptor FF Mk ISOLD
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Estimate: £18000 - £24000

Sold: £17588

Externally, the Jensen FF resembled the more common Vignale styled Interceptor, but it had a four inch longer wheelbase, in addtion to the bonnet, a bonnet scoop, brushed metal roof and dual side vents. Beneath the skin, however, it was a different matter. Remarkably for a small company, Jensen scored two important automotive firsts: the FF was the first production car to employ the Ferguson four-wheel-drive system and the first to have anti-lock brakes. Audi bought an FF, drove it to destruction and finished up convinced of the merit of 4WD. Working in conjunction with Ferguson, Audi eventually built the Quattro, revolutionised rallying and attracted many imitators. Mercedes-Benz is fond of claiming to be the first manufacturer to offer ABS (as an option), but the FF had the Dunlop Maxaret system, developed from aircraft, as a standard fitting 15 years before, not to mention a hand built body, design by Vignale and Ferguson Formula four wheel drive system. By any standards, the FF is an important motor car.

Only 327 examples were built, the buying public was not then ready to pay a premium for technical excellence. With 325bhp and a massive 425 lb/ft torque at only 2,800rpm from its Chrysler engine, the FF is an exceptional performer under any circumstances, but in difficult weather conditions it is outstanding and is also the safest car of its era.

This beautiful example is offered in the highly attractive colour scheme of red with a black leather interior. It was restored in 1988 with the current vendor continuing the works between 1997 and 2003. As you would imagine, the length and depth of the restoration is exceptional so that the car has consequently won a number of prizes. Most notably, the Jenson International Shows where it walked away with two 3rd places and a 2nd place in the FF class. It is also the cover car of The Jensen Interceptor Ultimate Portfolio 1966-1992, the Bible for all matters Jensen.

The restoration is thorough with all mechanical elements taken off, bushes and seals replaced, gearbox and transmission systems dismantled and rebuilt. Carburettors rebuilt, radiator flushed and all hoses replaced, new exhaust, new tyres. The list is seemingly endless; suffice to say that during all this work the body was taken back to bare metal, sills replaced and repainted using two pack primer and two pack top coat, to the car you see today. Restoring a car to 95% perfect is hard work, what has been done here is that final push right down to the new front Cloverleaf badge, new copper pipe to automatic gearbox cooling pipe, new springs for boot passenger side, new centres for hubs complete with new blue badges, etc, etc.

But this is so much more than the sum of its parts, in fact long before Top Gear started using ski slopes as part of their arsenal of extraordinary testing conditions, Jensen motors did, only they drove an FF up one and not down! Worth knowing given the recent weather in the UK….

Reference Number 39597

as of 2/27/2009

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Car 1968 Jensen Interceptor FF Mk I
VIN 119059 
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