Displacement: 440 cu.in. (7,206 cc)
Horsepower: 350 bhp @ 4,400 rpm
Engine Torque: 460 lb ft @ 3,200 rpm
Top Speed: 132 mph
0 - 60 mph: 7 seconds
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Founded by brothers, Alan and Richard Jensen, Jensen Motors started out building special sporting bodies for several British car companies before the War. In the late thirties, they began producing commercial vehicles too. With the advent of the War, they focused on the war effort, supplying many military vehicle components as well as bodies for ambulances and fire engines. After the War, they turned their attentions back to sports cars. Notable early efforts included the Eric Neale designed 541 and CV8 fibreglass coupes. These were both fast and stylish four-seater coupes but their magnum opus was to come in 1966, with the launch of the Interceptor. Designed by Carrozzeria Touring (the Italian styling house perhaps most famous for their work on the Aston Martin DB4,5&6), it was an incredibly futuristic, 2+2 GT, bodied in steel. Powered by the same Chrysler V8 engine as its predecessor, the CV8, it was very powerful but also handled well and was very luxuriously appointed. Though initially, the bodies were built in Italy by Vignale, production was soon fully in house at the Jensen factory in West Bromwich, England. Three series of Interceptors were built, culminating in the Mk.III, which was unveiled at the London Motor Show, in October 1971. The Mk.IIIs were the ultimate iteration of the Interceptor in every sense, with an even more luxurious interior, bigger engine and stylish alloy wheels.
With their winning combination of looks, performance & luxury, Interceptors found their way into the garages of a very illustrious (if somewhat diverse) list of owners, from Frank Sinatra and Cher to Jackie Stewart & HRH Princess Anne!
Offered here is a very early Mark III, with just one Los Angeles owner since 1976. One of only 63 cars finished in black, the car has just had a very high quality respray and is consequently, absolutely stunning. The rust-free body is arrow straight with excellent shutlines. The engine has been completely rebuilt and the car runs and drives superbly.
Of the 2477 Mk.IIIs built, only 820 LHD cars were built, and a large percentage of these have already been lost to corrosion, accident or neglect, so finding such a good example is a rare occurrence. With its low ownership, excellent body and healthy mechanicals, this is a great opportunity to own one of the best British GTs.