• Aug 18th 2010 at 8:56AM
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Jensen International Automotive Interceptor S – Click above for image gallery

The automotive history books may remember Jensen for the FF – the first all-wheel drive car on the market – but it was the rear-drive Interceptor on which it was based that won its fan base. With only 6,400 examples made over the course of its 10-year production run, the Interceptor remains a highly coveted automobile among the faithful, who saw the Carrozzeria Touring-designed GT as the epitome of the British sportscar.

Naturally its 60s/70s construction left a little to be desired in the long run, but one company is dedicated to giving the Interceptor a new lease on life. Jensen International Automotive – previously known as V Eight Ltd and relaunched with new financial backing – is "producing" a limited number of Interceptor S models in the UK. And by producing, we mean modifying. JIA takes an existing Interceptor and fits it with a lighter and more powerful General Motors LS3 V8 (in the place of the original Chrysler engine), AP Racing disc brakes and an independent rear suspension.

The result is an 800-pound weight reduction to yield a 4.5-second 0-60 run and a top speed upwards of 160 miles per hour. Not bad for a car four decades old. But with prices for the finished product – of which JIA will only churn out 18 per year – coming in at upwards of £105,000 ($164k), you'd have to really love the old Jensen to justify the value.

[Source: JIA via PistonHeads]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I love Chev small-blocks, but a modern Chrysler 'Eagle' HEMI would have been a better choice if only to be historically correct.
      • 5 Years Ago
      For 164 thousand dollars you can probably buy 3 or 4 fully restored museum quality Jensens instead. Every one of which will be worth more money in ten years than this ridiculous hot rod job with no pedigree.
      • 5 Years Ago
      According to their website, they take the donor car back to the shell, and rustproof and re-finish.
      The engine, suspension, transmission, propshaft, electrics and wheels are all new.
      Based on that, the price seems to be in line with any quality restoration / upgrade for a sixties car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I recently saw a beautiful example driving down the road.
      • 5 Years Ago
      YES! jensen Interceptors are awesome - and lightness + LS3 only add more awesomness..!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ok just saw the pictures, I hope for $165k they're doing more than dropping the Corvette motor/trans in and walking away. So far it looks like something built in bubba's garage.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If you had read the article you would know that they've cut over 800 pounds, replaced the rear suspension with an independent setup and also replaced the brakes with racing discs. Also the car has basically been restored from the ground up. Well worth the $165K if your a Jensen fan.

        That's about inline with the Modernized Mustangs and Camaros out there.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually Capt. Obvious, I DID read the article.

        My point was dropping a crate engine in and a few bolt-on parts and not bothering with simple things like... oh I don't know - getting rust out of the engine bay, cleaning things up here and there - doesn't justify 165k. I understand the finished product will be feature complete, but if I'm a boutique car manufacturer/tuner, I'm going to make damn sure my prototype/showcase car is point-perfect before getting pictures out to the press, not saying ''oh well we'll do it for final products''

        • 5 Years Ago

        Cutting 800lbs from a car that weighs over 5000 is not that hard. There's lots of wood in an Interceptor and even more weld steel (the gas tank alone weighs almost 100lbs, the interior HVAC box weighs more than 50lbs and the stock compressor is 20lbs). Going from an all cast iron Mopar 440 to an aluminum small block is something a 400lbs reduction right there and the rear axle easily weighs 200lbs dry.

        But I agree with @memphis, it doesn't seem like they've done much. Let's hope they also revised the electrical system, a major weakness in these cars (and about twice as many wires as needed...). You could buy a really nice one for $20k and have a small block inserted for less than the cost of the car.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Holy moly, that's hella expensive! It would be cheaper if I just bought an old JIS and dropped a crate engine in there myself.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's a hefty price tag, but that's okay... I'm just glad this thing exists.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Definitely not for me. What a waste. That kind of money could put them right original.

      Unless they're also replacing all the structural steel with modern alloys made on modern presses, it'll still fold like a taco if you fail to keep it under control.

      And it'll be just as original and resellable as if you took slapped a custom made Jensen Interceptor body kit on a 2011 ZR1 Corvette. If anyone made such a foolish thing, it'd certainly be a better buy than this butchering.
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