• May 16, 2008
Click above for high-res gallery of the V Eight Jenson Interceptor

Any automotive enthusiast can quote you the story of the Cobra; the British AC Ace stuffed with a Ford V8, a strategy that was equally successful for Sunbeam with its Tiger - right down to the Ford small-block V8 - though the Cobra later got the FE big block. Perhaps less well known are the GTs to come out of Jensen. We even featured one of these more obscure English muscle-machines as a Reader Ride a while back. The original Jensen Interceptor sported a body designed by Italy's Touring, and various flavors of Mopar V8 were nestled in the nose. Nearly 40 years on, V Eight LTD is engaging in some revisionist history.

The Jensen Interceptor S by V Eight is essentially a total rebuilding of an original Interceptor, with many key areas upgraded with modern components. A General Motors LS2 sends 414 horsepower to the independently sprung rear wheels through a modern five-speed automatic transmission. The stock chassis calibration has been upgraded as well, and 17-inch wheels couple tire to tarmac. £75,000 pounds will get you a hand-rebuilt and upgraded Jensen that's a significant improvement in quality over the original, while also benefitting from decades of advancement in engine management. Some might yawn at the small block and its virtual hotrodding ubiquity, and a more esoteric powertrain swap would be equally exciting. We'd be just as puppy-dog waggy over a twin-turbo VQ V6 smashed in there, but who can argue with a vintage sports car that never fails to light off instantly, idles demurely, and can snap the tendons in your neck when you flatten the pedal, all wrapped in an uncommon body shell? Any chance we could get one to sample for the Autoblog Garage? Thanks for the tip, Pottz!


[Source: jensen-cars.co.uk]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Why not just get a Pontiac GTO? The 2004 had the 350 hp 5.7 engine while the later ones had a 6.0 liter LS2.

      Some are still available with a 3 year warranty for a quarter of the price.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd rather spend $150K on this than a new BMW M6...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Cool, hopefully, this will increase the value of my two Interceptors.

      BTW, the stock 440 in the Interceptor is 385hp. If you do a mild build, it is easily 450-500hp.

      I'm currently doing a similar rebuild of one of my cars with modern components.

      Chris.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Interceptor is quite a heavy GT car and needs the torque of a nice V8. The LS2 seems ideal and I suspect it is rather smaller and less heavy than the original 440 engine. This is important as the engine bay is quite smaller and the worst characteristic of the opriginal was over heating engines. I know I owned one for years.
      75 big ones isn't cheap, but compared to other handbuilt cars it's a a bargain.
      The FF. Of course this could be done to a FF but they are somewhat rarer and owners less likely to change the spec.
        • 6 Years Ago
        BTW, they overheat because the head gaskets are different from the original ones. In 1973, Chrysler changed a cooling passage hole in the head gasket from round to a slot. This was done to increase cylinderhead temps so that emissions would be better. It didn't cause any problems in American cars, with much larger bays and uprated cooling systems.

        It also did not cause any problems in the Interceptors until the engines were rebuilt since Jensen used up their stock of pre-73 engines up until they went bust. All of the head gaskets currently sold are slotted, but Martin Robey (http://www.martinrobey.com/popup.cfm?p_n=226009&p_i=226009Ohas made a die to punch a round hole, returning the head gaskets to original pre-73 state.

        Don't think of attempting this yourself as you will likely destroy the multi-layered gasket....
      • 6 Years Ago
      If they could do the same with an FF I'd be at their door in a second.