1975 Jensen Interceptor

The combination of an American engine into a European sports car had worked well for Allard. After a chance meeting of Nash-Kelvinator CEO George W. Mason and Donald Healey aboard the Queen Elizabeth, the result was the Nash Haley, a British/American effort that produced a sleek and stylish car. Perhaps one of the most famous unions was Carrol Shelby's marriage of a European body with American power resulting in the AC/Shelby Cobra.

Jensen is another example of American powered sports cars with a European flare. However, their car went a step beyond and featured exclusive luxury in a performance packaged machine. In 1966, Jensen introduced the Interceptor as a Grand Touring car with design work by Carrosseria Touring of Italy. It had classic sports car styling with plenty of power thanks to the 440 cubic-inch Chrysler V8 engine that was more than adequate to move the 3,500 pound Interceptor.

The Series III models began in 1971.

At the March, 1974 Geneva Motor Show, the Interceptor Convertible made its debut. It used the same tubular chassis as its fixed-head sibling plus the addition of strengthened sill sections and windscreen pillars. It had the same independent coil and wishbone front suspension, a 'live' rear axle and four-wheel disc brakes. Power was from a 440 cubic-inch Chrysler V8 engine mated to a TorqueFlite automatic transmission. Zero-to-sixty was achieved in 7.6 seconds and had a top speed of 126 mph. Celebrities who purchased an open-top Interceptor included Cher, Frank Sinatra, Lynda 'Wonder Woman' Carter and financier Winthrop P. Rockerfeller.

In late 1975, it was upgraded with the introduction of the 'Qvale dashboard,' a full-width wooden affair. It remained in production for just two years and during that time, 267 examples were sold. 87 of those were supplied to the home market.

The Jensen Interceptor was in production from 1966 through 1976 at the Kelvin Way factory near Birmingham, England. Standard equipment included power windows, power steering, air conditioning and reclining front bucket seats.


by Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2017

Related Reading : Jensen Interceptor History

In West Bromwich, Staffordshire lived two brothers named Richard and Allan Jensen. In the 1930s they began building a reputation through their custom bodies and auto styling. Near the end of the decade they had begun building cars, mainly fitting large power plants in small vehicles, giving them impressive power-to-weight ratios. They are best remembered for building bodies for the Volvo P1800,....
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The Italian Car Jensen Interceptor was debuted at the October 1966 Earls Court Motor Show alongside the 4-wheel drive FF. Touring of Milan penned the original design, which was taken to Vignale of Turin who had the resources to produce the car in much higher numbers than Touring. By October of 1966 fully trimmed and painted body-shells were sent to Italy for assembly at the Kelvin Way Factory in....
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1975 Vehicle Profiles

1975 Jensen Interceptor vehicle information

Convertible

Chassis Num: 23111723

This car was first sold by San Francisco British Motors in 1975. It remained in the Marin County Area until 1978 when it was sold to a collector from South Dakota with only 2,100 miles on the clock. It then remained unregistered on the collector's sh....[continue reading]

1975 Jensen Interceptor vehicle information

Convertible

Chassis Num: 23111623

This Jensen Interceptor is finished in red paint with Connolly tan leather interior, woolen carpet, and Jaeger round-face gauges with aircraft-style toggle controls. There is a Moto-Lita 3-spoke woodgrain steering wheel and a modern stereo. It rides ....[continue reading]

Convertible
Chassis #: 23111723 
Convertible
Chassis #: 23111623 




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$2,030-$16,220
1975 Interceptor
$16,220-$35,605
1975 Jensen Interceptor Base Price : $16,220

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Jensen
1980Chevrolet (2,288,745)Renault (1,492,339)Ford (1,162,275)
1979Chevrolet (2,284,749)Ford (1,835,937)Renault (1,405,330)
1978Chevrolet (2,375,436)Ford (1,923,655)Renault (1,240,941)
1977Chevrolet (2,543,153)Toyota (1,884,260)Ford (1,840,427)
1976Chevrolet (2,103,862)Toyota (1,884,260)Ford (1,861,537)51
1975Chevrolet (1,755,773)Toyota (1,714,836)Ford (1,569,608)
1974Chevrolet (2,333,839)Ford (2,179,791)Renault (1,355,799)
1973Chevrolet (2,579,509)Ford (2,349,815)Fiat (1,390,251)5,099
1972Chevrolet (2,420,564)Ford (2,246,563)Fiat (1,368,216)1,749
1971Ford (2,054,351)Chevrolet (1,830,319)Volkswagen (1,128,784)742
1970Ford (2,096,184)Chevrolet (1,451,305)Volkswagen (1,193,853)526

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