- Sep 13, 2006
RR of the Day: British-built, Italian-designed, American-powered
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.
If you'd like to see your own ride featured here, simply upload photos of your ride into our Flickr group. We select one image to highlight each week day, and on the weekend let you vote for a RR of the Week. Detailed instructions can be found after the jump.
Instructions for submitting to Autoblog's RR of the Day:
Create a Flickr account if you don't already have one. Search for and join the group called 'Autoblog RR of the Day'. Upload up to three photos of your ride to your own account at a size no larger than 450 pixels wide if possible and include as much information about it and yourself as possible. Click on each photo and just above the picture it will say "Send to group". Click that and select the Autoblog group. You're done, that's it!