1973 Jensen Interceptor III

The Jensen Interceptor was a GT car that was hand-built in the United Kingdom, at the Kelvin Way Factory, West Bromwich near Birmingham, by Jensen Motors between 1966 and 1976. It offered genuine luxury, enormous presence, fast speeds and good performance, and whispering noise levels. The Interceptor name had been used previously by Jensen for the Jensen Interceptor produced between 1950 and 1957 at the Carters Green factory.

Instead of using the traditional glass-reinforced plastic for the fabrication of body panels, the Interceptor had a steel body-shell designed by an outside firm, Carrozzeria Touring of Italy. The early examples were built in Italy by Vignale, before Jensen brought production in-house, making slight modifications to the body.

Power was sourced from a Chrysler V8, initially displacing 6276cc, with optional manual transmission, but the more common selection was the TorqueFlite automatic transmission. Power was sent to the rear wheels through a limited slip differential and a conventional Salisbury rear axle.

By late 1972, the engine had grown to 7212cc, and it acquired 4-barrel carburetion.

The design inspiration for the Interceptor came from the Brasinca Uirapuru, a little known Brazilian Coupe, which featured a large, curving wrap-around rear window that doubled up as a tailgate. The original specification included a wood rimmed steering wheel, electric windows, reclining front seats, radio with twin speakers, reversing lights and an electric clock. Power steering was included as standard from September 1968.

In October of 1969, Jensen announced the Mark II Interceptor. It had revised frontal styling and vented disc brakes. The Mark III followed in 1971. It had revised seats, fully cast alloy wheels, and several other improvements.


By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2016

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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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1973 Interceptor III
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Model Year Production

#1#2#3Jensen
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
1969Chevrolet (2,092,947)Ford (1,826,777)Volkswagen (1,241,580)
1968Chevrolet (2,139,290)Ford (1,753,334)Volkswagen (1,191,854)

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