Classic Classified: 1974 Jensen Interceptor III
From: Hemmings Motor News
Date: March 1989
Price then: $32,900 ($63,300 adjusted for inflation – about the cost of a new 2015 Jaguar XF today)
Price now: $19,500 – $79,500
Approximate dollar difference: $16,000 (assuming No. 1 condition)
Approximate annual rate of return: .09%
JENSEN INTERCEPTOR III: 1974 conv, handcrafted English coachwork, with Chrysler 440 Magnum V8, ps, pb, A/C, power top, auto, red with new white leather, $32,900 or best offer/trades.
Infrequently seen in convertible configuration, the Interceptor was a wonderful combination of Italian styling by Touring, British craftsmanship and a rock-solid American driveline. While one could look at the meager return on investment, you have to ask yourself, “How much do I really care when I have a car this cool?” While the casual observer will probably have no idea what you’re driving, and that’s half the fun of having a car like this. It’s a car more for the enthusiast than the investor.