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1970 Jensen Interceptor MkII

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  • Mileage~86,026
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • Engine6.3L
  • LocationReading

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1970 Jensen Interceptor MkII

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Introduction

Kulraj Singh Salh
COO

A truly international effort; A British hand built, Italian styled, American powered V8 hot-rod.

Part of Jensen's charm was the exclusivity of their cars, but their manufacturing facilities and experience was also utilised by several of Britain’s major car companies at the time. With this understanding of build techniques supported by teams of craftsmen, the company were well placed for the international limelight when Jensen announced the new Interceptor in 1966. The Italian styled grand touring car was powered by the well-proven Chrysler V8 engines and was aimed at the very top of the automotive luxury car spectrum, with the Interceptor being one of the quicker 4 seater cars sold at the time.

This late Mk2 version is a restored example of a fairly short-lived variant, having been introduced in 1969 for just two years. Outwardly similarly to the previous model, it was sold with uprated brakes and suspension, as well as more kit and greater comfort. Powered by the 6.3-litre V8 engine, it soon became favoured by celebs over an Aston or E-type and placed it firmly as a practical quick car with restful driving manners.

Originally sold as a factory demonstrator car, this 1970 example also has the provenance of its build date documentation and early history thanks to the Jensen Owners Club archives. Tastefully finished in a modern 'Carmine Red', the practicality and relative simplicity of the V8 engine offers accessible servicing that could easily be maintained by any competent garage or DIY'er. This car has had the benefit of quality restoration and has been well protected against the elements in the process. Curiously undervalued against its rivals, this stunning example will not need bodywork and is ready for action.

This auction listing was written from information supplied by Kulraj after meeting Brook the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

A reduction in storage means that some things sadly have to go!

Brook took the car on in 2019, and spent a considerable amount on the bodywork and restoration over the last year or so. It was brought as a project for recommissioning and restoration, his plans to enjoy the car have now been changed due to work relocation and subsequent loss of storage for the car.

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Exterior

The bodywork has been finished to a high standard, with faultless new paint.

Wheels and Tyres

Sitting on larger 17" alloy wheels, they fill the wheel arches better than the stock size and give the car a sportier look.

The Avon tyres are in excellent condition, with evidence that they are very recent items. The new GKN Series III alloy wheels are unmarked.

Bodywork

As expected for a car that has been subject to a high-grade restoration, the car is structurally good. There were no signs of issues when consigned, with a strong argument to suggest the panel gaps and overall build quality is likely to be better than when the car originally left the West Bromwich factory 50 years ago. The engine bay and underside are as to be expected, in good order.

Paint

The carmine red paintwork modernises the lines of the car and should be considered as 99% perfect. The application of paint has been professionally carried out, with no signs of overspray, runs or imperfections.

Looking over the bodywork when we photographed the car, we noticed a few very small nicks on door shuts etc, but you have to look very close to spot them. Take a look through the exterior review video for a detailed view.

Glass and Trim

The glass is in excellent condition, with no obvious signs of damage, chips, scratches or scuffs. The only exception to this being the windscreen which has a chip not effecting the drivers feild of view.

The rubber glass and door trim are excellent. The chrome work is said to be correct and complete and in good condition, both bumpers being new items replaced as part of the restorative work.

Interior

Luxury was definitely what Jensen were looking to create for the cabin experience.

Seats and Carpets

The Ivory leather seats are in good condition, with no rips, tears or major wear. They do show some signs of age and minor discolouration, something we think a professional detail could help to improve.

The carpets and door cards are in decent condition, the boot carpet particularly so. The headline appears to be damage-free. Take a look at the interior photos for a detailed view.

Dashboard

The dashboard is in reasonable condition considering the age of the car, with the plastics and facia wearing well, although there are a couple of noticeable pieces of damage above and around the glovebox.

The top of the facia appears to be good and not warped or cracked. The controls, dials and switches are good with wear corresponding to the dashboard.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

The steering wheel is in decent condition, fitting in with the general condition of the interior. The chrome gear shifter is in excellent condition.

Mechanics

The tough and reliable V8 engine's heart still beats strong.

Engine and Gearbox

The cold start didn't cause any issues, the engine firing up with a 'wuffle' instantly with no fuss, which soon develops into that iconic V8 burble.

No knocking or tapping noises came from the engine, and there are no signs of blowing. The engine presentation is good, with some surface rust on some components, but that's simply an age issue. A significant amount of ancillaries and parts have been renewed. The recently rebuilt auto gearbox is said to be fully functional, with no issues.

Suspension and Brakes

Not likely to present any significant issues, you'll notice in the video and pictures of the underside that bushes etc have been replaced where needed.

The Drive

While much of cars appeal lay in the engine and its simplicity, the Interceptor is a comfortable cruising car. The suspension set up is also fairly simple but again deals with modern roads with no drama. The car encourages an 'old skool' type of driving, driving slow into those bends and then powering out.

The suspension is simply made for that. Its heavy car, but even the original brakes were more than capable of dealing with the power, so rest assured that this restored example won't let you down.

Electrics and Other

All of the electrical items, including the exterior lights, are working, as expected for a car that has recently been through its first MOT for 13 years.

History and Paperwork

This Interceptor is a former factory demonstrator car, and comes with the earlier and lighter 6.3L V8 block from Chrysler.

The car, thanks to the Jensens owners club who retain all production record information, states that the car was a former factory demonstrator, originally sporting the famous 'EA' location registration plate area identifier and was finished in silver with a black interior.

Some of the cars first repair invoices also come with the car, painting a fascinating picture of its early life. The car appears to have spent time in Scotland as well as London for the next 30 or so years. In 2007 the car suffered damage to the rear off-side, which due to the cost of repair and relatively low value of the car back then resulted in a Category D (not structural effecting) insurance claim. The car was then left in storage as pictured until Brook purchased and recommissioned the car.

Brook has had quite the expenditure on this car, having covered the following major areas; body restoration, full respray, gearbox overhaul, aluminium radiator install, new wheels, as well as an extensive service.

We've actioned checks on the following; Seller ID, V5, HPi check (Category D insurance loss).

Service History
Date Type Mileage
20-10-2020 MOT 85,795
17-01-2007 MOT 85,009
13-01-2006 MOT 84,374
Key Details
  • ModelInterceptor II
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • Reg. Date1970
  • CC6,276
  • Mileage~86,026
  • HistorySome
  • ColourCarmine Red
  • Interior ColourIvory
  • Interior TrimLeather
  • Chassis #123/3867
  • Engine #3269/123E
  • RestoredYes
  • MOT19-10-2021
  • MOT ExemptYes
  • Road Tax ExemptYes
  • Former Keepers11
  • Tyre BrandAvon
  • Tyre Age2020
  • LHD or RHDRHD
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned2 Years
  • Key FeatureFully restored bodywork







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£28,250 bid by CORE 12.02.2021 @ 15:33:27
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£21,000 bid by bilboa7 11.02.2021 @ 18:06:07
CORE
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CORE

Good afternoon,
If i am the successful purchaser of your vehicle would you accept part payment of £15000.00 in cash on collection with the balance being electronic transfer prior to collection

BR Dean

Adam
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Hey Dean – thanks for your interest in the Interceptor. At the end of the auction our Buyer’s Premium is taken automatically from your stored card. The transaction / contract is between you and the Seller, i.e. Brook in this case. However, our recommendation is all payments to Sellers are made electronically to protect both parties. Cheers Adam

CORE
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CORE

Hi Adam, thanks for the kind advice on things

£20,000 bid by shay 10.02.2021 @ 18:58:17
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