• Sep 13, 2006
1974 Jensen Interceptor


We at Autoblog are fast becoming fans of these posts for the obscure rides we come across. Wednesday's pick, a 1974 Jensen Interceptor, is a rare find of which most of us have probably never heard. Jensen was a small automaker that sprang up in Britain before WWII. Making a name as a body builder for such marques as Volvo and Austin-Healey, Jensen surprised everyone when in 1966 it unveiled its own car, the Interceptor, a grand sports tourer that brought together an Italian body designed by Touring in Milan, a tire shredding Mopar V8 and Chrysler three-speed tranny, and British engineering developed in-house by Jensen. The Interceptor is a 2+2 that carries on its back a singular trademark cue, the fishbowl rear glass that increases the car's luggage capacity and makes a great conversation piece at car shows. Despite mild success with the car during ten years of production, Jensen declared bankruptcy just two years after this particular Interceptor was sold new in 1974.

The mileage of the Interceptor in these pictures is unknown, but it's in damn fine shape for a 36-year-old automobile, especially one made in Britain. Follow the jump for more pics and a view of the Interceptor's fisheye rear glass.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      #27! It doesn't matter how many Jensen enthusiasts/experts/historians you dig up, the company itself never offered an Interceptor FF! They offered an Interceptor, and they offered the FF. Yes, anybody who knows Jensens realizes that the FF is Interceptor based, that is not the question here. The question is whether or not it is an Interceptor. The answer, according to the company itelf, is no, it was an FF. It was a separate and distinct model. Anybody who refers to an "Interceptor FF is referring to a car that simply never existed. I realize that when you saw this topic you were excited to show your knowledge of the marque, but your knowledge was faulty. End of story!
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Interceptor also came in the Convertible and Coupe versions; the one pictured is a Saloon. G's comments on the upper body looking stretched to fit lower body and looking out of proportion were addressed pretty well with the limited production Interceptor Convertible. A truly stunning car, at least with the top up. One pictured at http://home.comcast.net/~dratomic/wsb/html/view.cgi-home.html-.html
      • 8 Years Ago
      I did some looking around to see exactly which "tire shredding Mopar V8" they put in these things. They put almost all of the Mopar V8's in these things. The 360, 383, 440, and a 440 six pack. It was said they were experimenting with the Hemi, but it never made it to production.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Nice car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Believe it is all steel. Weighs over 4000lbs.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I remember this car well,and a bunch of other one-offs. While were at it how about some pics of the MONTEVERDI HIGH SPEED,with the 440 mopar,or ISO GRIFFO with chevy power.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Jensen brothers in addition to being excellent coach builders built a number of cars prior to the Interceptor. The earliest were custom "S" ans "H" types. They made a "PW" saloon and an early Interceptor which proved to be the foundation of a whole line of sporting cars, the 541, C-V8, P66 and ultimatly the FF and regular Interceptor in a saloon and convertible (drop top) style. Jensen also manufactured commercial vehicles ( the JNSN and Jen-Tug )and one of the last cars ( courtesy of Donald Healey ) was the Jensen-Healey Roadster, a Lotus 907 powered sports car. JH info can be found at www.jensenhealey.com
      • 8 Years Ago
      What an awesome looking car. KILLER interior.
      • 8 Years Ago
      If you were take everything part of the car from the lower edge of the window sills on down - the car would look just fine - similar to a TVR of its day.

      However, the box on top of the lower body that is the windshield, side windows, pillars, and rear windshield, are all disproportionately large to overall car and were clearly stretched lengthwise and heighwise to accomodate the additional two seats in the back.

      The interior of this particular example looks pristine, though...

      http://www.automobilesdeluxe.blogspot.com
      • 8 Years Ago
      This brings back memories from high school. In the mid 70's, the priest at the Catholic church in St. Cloud, Florida had an Interceptor. I thought it was the car was gorgeous and always stopped to watch it drive down the street.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #20, if it was/is known as the Interceptor FF, that is incorrect. Jense never marketed a car called that, it was either FF or Interceptor.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #7, I am pretty sure that the FF was considered a separate model and not known as an Interceptor, but yes, it was basically the same car but with technology that was many years ahead of it's time.
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