1976 Jensen Interceptor III
8-cyl. 7212cc/230hp 4bbl
With an experienced team and a lot of data.
Jensen lived a relatively long life comparatively under the radar. In addition to a line of bespoke GTs like the 541R and the CV8, Jensen built bodies for companies as diverse as Volvo and Sunbeam. By the mid-1960s, the CV8 had run its course and Jensen turned to Vignale of Italy to style its successor. The result was an undeniably handsome car from most angles that some feel is a bit let down by a huge fish bowl-like glass hatchback.
Powered at first by a Chrysler 383 and later by a 440 V8. Earlier 383 cars with fewer emission controls are quite a bit faster than the 440 cars. All came fully equipped with amenities like automatic transmission, 8-track player, air conditioning, lamb’s wool seat inserts, polished walnut dash, Connolly leat and head rest pillows. All Interceptors were well-built and expensive, built for crossing Europe at high speeds. Rear seating is not horrible for a sporting car. Fuel economy, however, was dismal and this eventually spelled the car’s end in 1976. Mechanical parts are NAPA close and most of the other necessary bits can be easily sourced through a network of specialists. The FF is the ultra-rare, UK-only, all wheel-drive version that was among the first cars to sport anti-lock brakes.