The Jensen Interceptor...

Jun 28, 2019,02:00 AM

The Interceptor was styled in 1967 by the great design house,Touring of Milani. At the beginning of the production the bodies were built by Vignale in Italy before Jensen switched production to the UK. The car’s most distinctive feature was a large curved glass hatchback. 

The Interceptor was equipped with a 7212cc Chrysler V8 with TorqueFlite automatic transmission. The sound from the quad pipe exhaust system was one of the cars memorable features. 

Jensen wanted the car to be technically advanced as well as beautiful and created the Jensen FF. It was the world’s first performance car with permanent four-wheel drive and anti-lock brakes and had a longer wheelbase, twin vents in the front wings and a bonnet scoop. FF stood for Ferguson Formula, the tractor company behind the all-wheel drive system, while the ABS was by Dunlop.

The first series MK1 have particularly desirable interiors that changed in later versions.

Sadly the Interceptor was the car that financially broke the company. In 1973 the fuel crisis was the beginning of the end for Jensen and the Interceptor, sadly by1976 both were gone. Several companies have tried to restart production with very limited success. 

Jensen Interceptor performance and specs

Engine 6276cc 16 valve Chrysler V8
Power 325bhp @ 4600rpm
Torque 425lb ft @ 2800rpm
Top speed 133mph
0-60mph 7.3seconds
Fuel consumption 13.6mpg
Gearbox Three-speed automatic
Dimensions and weight
Wheelbase 2675mm
Length 4775mm
Width 1753mm
Height 1346mm
Kerb weight 1675kg

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Remember it was designed...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : June 28th, 2019-03:31
As a Grand Touring car and not as a sports car. Torque was the the important statistic

A sports car [nt]

 By: Cpt Scarlet : June 28th, 2019-03:34

The rear window was a great design feature.....

 By: Cpt Scarlet : June 28th, 2019-03:29
Sadly it is also a cause of many cars corroding. Water gets trapped in and around the shut line.

The XJS has been much underrated...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : June 28th, 2019-03:40
The Series 1 pre HE cars are becoming scarce, my tip, by a good one now.

Jensen or Jag? [nt]

 By: centurionone : June 28th, 2019-04:21

Jag. [nt]

 By: amanico : June 28th, 2019-04:56

XJS ? [nt]

 By: Cpt Scarlet : June 28th, 2019-04:58

Yes. [nt]

 By: amanico : June 28th, 2019-04:59

Basically It’s like this...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : June 28th, 2019-06:33
Early cars from 1975 are becoming recognised as classics. These cars will all need restoration but could be a good long term proposition. If you want something more drivable buy a post April 1994 car or even better a 1995 onwards Celebration Edition car.

Jensen Interceptor I - Engine Weight and why it matters

 By: cazalea : June 28th, 2019-06:43
Let me say first I love the look and concept of the Interceptor. I’ve always wanted one. But not yet bought one. I did some research on American engines fitted into Euro sports cars (I’m using US units) Buick / Rover alloy V8 215=318 lbs Chevy small-block...  

Cars of this era weren’t galvanised or ..

 By: Cpt Scarlet : June 28th, 2019-07:04
Designed to avoid water traps.

If you can see it ...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : June 28th, 2019-07:49
Box sections can be difficult to check

Try getting...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : June 28th, 2019-08:44
an endoscope. ...  

Send your ferret in ??? [nt]

 By: Cpt Scarlet : June 28th, 2019-09:32

Further thoughts...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : June 28th, 2019-07:01
I agree with you Mike and would add that the problems that the Jensen Interceptor had were fairly common with cars from this era. Jensen had financial difficulties and Aston Martin went into administration in 1973. I have driven a few different Intercepto... 

Jensen Interceptor II - the car that was full of itself

 By: cazalea : June 28th, 2019-07:22
I don’t mean the Interceptor was proud, but when you opened the door you said, “Lovely - but where will we put anything?” It’s already full! Upholstered with 7 hides, carpeted with 6 sq m of wool rugs, huge transmission tunnel - little space for 2 people ...  

Jensen Interceptor III - they don’t make them like this anymore (thank goodness!)

 By: cazalea : June 28th, 2019-09:01
As others have stated, these cars came from an era when rustproofing as not a high priority. My book — Jensen Interceptor, the Complete Story, by John Tipler, says: The basic chassis tube assembly was built in a day, brought into the factory on a jig, and...  

Very true. About 18 years ago I was traveling with a long-time friend when he let me know he was considering selling his 356.

 By: Emil Wojcik : June 28th, 2019-10:34
I immediately told him I was buying it and I didn't need to see it since I looked at it a dozen years earlier. He refused to take my money until I looked it over carefully. But reality is, I was afraid if I looked at it too closely I might find problems t... 

Strange, isn’t it?

 By: cazalea : June 28th, 2019-10:49
I’ve bought a number of cars despite knowing they were crap. In general I mean, not the specific one I bought (I hoped). Recently I got a Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid. I bought it rather than lease - partially to get the rebates and such, but also because it... 

Not in a church ? [nt]

 By: Cpt Scarlet : July 2nd, 2019-05:05


 By: Cpt Scarlet : July 1st, 2019-13:14
Another hand built British classic

Another thread :) [nt]

 By: eklektik : July 1st, 2019-15:02