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The Jensen Interceptor...

 
 By: Cpt Scarlet : June 28th, 2019-02:00
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

A lovely legend, this Interceptor. Any informations on its performances? [nt]

 
 By: amanico : June 28th, 2019-02:09
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Performance and specifications updated for you. [nt]

 
 By: Cpt Scarlet : June 28th, 2019-03:26
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Not impressive the maximum speed. 214 Km / h. And the weight is consequent, too. I was expecting a bit faster in the max speed and acceleration. [nt]

 
 By: amanico : June 28th, 2019-03:29
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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

We should try to compare it to a E Type. [nt]

 
 By: amanico : June 28th, 2019-03:33
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A sports car [nt]

 
 By: Cpt Scarlet : June 28th, 2019-03:34
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You see a few around in Surrey... I always admired the rear window shape, very unusual [nt]

 
 By: centurionone : June 28th, 2019-03:16
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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.

I think 60's and 70's were more about form than function..My all-time favourite is XJS, so distinctive , a classic like Citroen DS !

 
 By: centurionone : June 28th, 2019-03:37




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.

To tell you all, it is one of those I am considering getting... [nt]

 
 By: amanico : June 28th, 2019-04:02
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Jensen or Jag? [nt]

 
 By: centurionone : June 28th, 2019-04:21
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Jag. [nt]

 
 By: amanico : June 28th, 2019-04:56
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XJS ? [nt]

 
 By: Cpt Scarlet : June 28th, 2019-04:58
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Yes. [nt]

 
 By: amanico : June 28th, 2019-04:59
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I can post some information if you are interested [nt]

 
 By: Cpt Scarlet : June 28th, 2019-05:37
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With the different series, as the early ones were not very reliable from what I heard. [nt]

 
 By: amanico : June 28th, 2019-06:21
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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. 


Just seen in my quartet hen I was a child [nt]

 
 By: brauner : June 28th, 2019-05:53
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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 V8 283/327=575 lbs
Ford small V8 265/289/302=460 lbs
Chrysler 383/413/440=640 lbs

The Chrysler is larger and more powerful but exactly twice the weight of the Rover alloy V8. It completely fills the engine compartment of the Jensen. As typical of British Cars it had a marginal cooling system (by Calif standards) and after a half-hour drive you had a half-ton of burning hot iron in the front of your Jensen Interceptor (add 300 more lbs for the FF).

Fine if it’s in a Dodge Charger where there’s plenty of air in there as well, but not good in the confines of the Jensen.

Heat aggravates the a/c, the radiators, power steering hoses, wiring harness insulation, paint, fuel pump, fuel vapor lock, etc

One book I have summarized the Interceptor as
“a gas-guzzler at 10 mpg but with an ecologically-sound, biodegradable steel body.”

Indeed, first one I drove had no bottoms to its doors. I peeked down into the window opening and saw the ground. The second one had rust around the hatch and it was a low miles California car back in the Eighties.

I walked away (sadly)

More stories later.



Rust... Jensen was not famous for that reason and some assembly issues, on another Jensen which is dear to my heart, the Volvo P1800. For the two first years, Jensen assembled them, indeed; [nt]

 
 By: amanico : June 28th, 2019-06:58
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Cars of this era weren’t galvanised or ..

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

True. Rust is the first thing to check on any vintage car. [nt]

 
 By: amanico : June 28th, 2019-07:05
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If you can see it ...

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

Under a bridge, in a workshop, it is doable. Then the other thing is to use a magnet. [nt]

 
 By: amanico : June 28th, 2019-07:50
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Try getting...

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



No need for that. The old way. [nt]

 
 By: amanico : June 28th, 2019-09:15
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Send your ferret in ??? [nt]

 
 By: Cpt Scarlet : June 28th, 2019-09:32
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No, that's for other missions. [nt]

 
 By: amanico : June 28th, 2019-10:19
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