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1974 Jensen Interceptor lll

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£17,548

  • Mileage~74,758 at Visit
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • Engine7.2-litre
  • LocationBradford

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1974 Jensen Interceptor lll

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Introduction

Paul Wright
Professional Consigner

With Italian styling and American muscle, the Jensen is quite possibly the ultimate British built car.

The Jensen Interceptor is a hand-built luxury GT first produced in 1966. The body was designed by an Italian firm, Carrozzeria Touring in Italy, and the power comes from a Chrysler V8 engine; this 1974 example is fitted with the larger 7.2L High Deck Big Block and had the distinction of being the most powerful car ever to have been made by Jensen. These cars were built-to-order and produced in more paint colours than any other model. They also had a wide range of trim options and innumerable specification variations - a hit among many celebrities of the time.

This lovely example was rescued by the previous keeper following a project which the owner at the time became too ill to finish, and where it stood untouched for ten years. Thankfully, it fell into the right hands and now graces our roads again.

This listing was written from information supplied by Paul after meeting Ben the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

Used as our wedding car, the Jensen has given us some amazing memories.

Ben first spotted the Jensen at the house of a friend of his father-in-law, Steve. The car had been purchased as an unfinished project where it had stood for around ten years. It was in a state of being stripped and ready to be repainted.

The day before Ben’s wedding, Steve arrived at the house with a gleaming repainted Jensen and handed him the keys. “Now you have a Jensen to drive”. A huge shock, as you can imagine, and six years on, Ben has thoroughly enjoyed his time with the Interceptor, but with work and family commitments, he’s finding it’s not getting the use it deserves, which is the reason for the sale.

Ben will be happy to answer any questions in the comments section below.

Ben
Vehicle Owner

Ben saved £3,060* when they
sold their Jensen with us.

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Exterior

The Sunburnt Orange metallic is a fantastic colour choice to showcase the Jensen.

Wheels and Tyres

The original five-spoke alloy wheels are in good condition with no corrosion. There is a small amount of tarnishing, but they look like they could quite easily be polished up. A matching set of Michelin tyres is fitted, with plenty of tread remaining.

Please see the image gallery to take a closer look at the wheels.

Bodywork

Looking around the bodywork of the Jensen, it looks in excellent condition with no dings or dents spotted. The doors, bonnet and boot all align well with matching shut lines.

We've highlighted in more detail our observations through our hi-resolution images and videos, so please take time to look through all the media files for a detailed view of what’s on offer and for you to assess the condition of the car for yourselves.

Paint

Repainted from the previous colour of metallic blue in this wonderful Sunburnt Orange metallic. There are just a few minor blemishes, but the paintwork generally presents very well.

The images are taken from a few different angles to show off the car as you would see it if you were standing there for yourselves. So please take the time to fully assess these hi-resolution images and videos of the car, for you to make up your own minds about the condition of the paint.

Glass and Trim

The windows are in good condition with just a few minor age-related marks. The chrome surrounds are in good condition, with a small amount of tarnishing that is in keeping with the age of the Jensen.

The headlights and rear lights are in good condition with no chips or lens damage.

The chrome bumpers have lost some of their freshness, but there is no pitting, and they may polish up.

Interior

Like your favourite armchair - the Jensens seats are nicely broken in for you.

Seats and Carpets

The leather seats in the Jensen are original and do have some patina in keeping with the age of the vehicle, but no damage. They have been recoloured at some stage, along with the rear seat and door cards.

The carpets are in good order, with just a light amount of wear, again in keeping with the vehicle's age and mileage. Inside the boot is clean and tidy.

Please see the interior gallery for more detailed images.

Dashboard

The black vinyl dashboard has a small split on the passenger side; besides that, it is in good condition. There are plenty of instruments to keep an eye on the Interceptor's vital statistics, which are all working correctly. The odometer shows a reading of ~74,758 miles, and the oil pressure gauge gives a good reading.

Please see the interior gallery for more hi-resolution images.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

A Jensen badged wood rim Moto-Lita steering wheel is fitted and in good condition with no signs of excessive wear. The wooden gear knob shows some light signs of use.

Please see the interior gallery for more detailed images.

Mechanics

7.2 litres of American muscle provides ~280bhp - but oh does it sound good!

Engine and Gearbox

Fitted with the Chrysler 7.2 litre V8, although the performance figures for that size of engine are relatively low compared to today’s vehicles, the sound alone makes up for it - ~280bhp has never sounded so good coming from the monstrous V8.

The car immediately fires up, and Ben isn’t aware of any running issues. The gearbox is a three-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission, which has a silky smooth change, and the car pulls strongly through the gears.

Suspension and Brakes

Out in the car, there were no knocks or bangs from either corner, even when going over speed bumps.

The brakes work fine and bring the car to a stop in a straight line, with no issues reported by Ben.

The Drive

Italian styling, American engine and hand-built in Great Britain - what a perfect combination which certainly stands out on the road!

Whether you are cruising along the motorway or tootling around town, it is a lovely car to drive, both of which are very rewarding driving experiences.

Electrics and Other

The switchgear in the Jensen is all original and has just a light amount of wear on the buttons. There are a couple of things which Ben has mentioned that don’t work. One is the air conditioning; he has never tried this and wasn’t really bothered about it. The other is the solenoid for the petrol flap has stopped working. This hasn’t been investigated and can still be opened from inside the boot.

Ben told us there is a leak from the power steering, it has been treated with a power steering leak stop fluid, which seems to have stopped the leak but suggests the new owner has the steering rack reconditioned.

Please see the interior gallery for more detailed images.

History and Paperwork

This Jensen has been subject to two restorations over the years, it also comes with the original owner's handbook and a useful parts manual.

The Jensen has some paperwork for parts and invoices dating back to the late 1980s. There are gaps in the vehicle's history where it was stored off the road during one of two restorations, one in the early 1990s and then the ten-year part restoration around 2006.

Some club magazines are included and are an excellent source of information for parts and specialists.

It is a lovely 1970s classic which is in very nice condition and looking for its next enthusiastic custodian.

We’ve done all our usual seller checks, including photo ID, V5 and also actioned a HPi check on the vehicle.

We've summarised our own view on the car based on information gained from the seller in the listing above, however, and as you can see, we go to great lengths to photograph and video the car in hi-resolution detail - this has been done for you to make your own assessment from the comfort of your sofa. So please sit back, have a cuppa and take your time to review everything on this listing in order to make your own assessment on the vehicle's condition. Viewings are also welcomed with all our listings, so please get in touch with us to arrange a suitable time - we just need to speak to you first and receive a valid photo ID before confirming.

If there's anything you're unsure about, no matter how small, then please first ask the owner in the comments area below before placing your bid/s, as bids can't be retracted and form a binding contract if you win the car - just like a traditional auction house.

Service History
Date Type Mileage
22.07.2017 MOT 74,522
2016 -2017 Second Restoration
01.07.2016 MOT 73,882
12.09.2006 MOT 73,256
29.07.2005 MOT 73,000
03.06.1999 MOT 72,267
16.09.1990 First Restoration
24.08.1989 MOT 70,715
02.12.1987 MOT 68,673
03.06.1986 MOT 63,439
Key Details
  • ModelInterceptor lll
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • Reg. Date04.07.1975
  • CC7212
  • Mileage~74,758 On Clock
  • ColourSunburnt Orange
  • Interior ColourCream
  • Interior TrimLeather
  • Chassis #22409762
  • Engine #4C.13044
  • Last Service400 miles ago
  • MOT ExemptYes
  • Road Tax ExemptYes
  • HPi ClearYes All Clear
  • Former Keepers13
  • LHD or RHDRHD
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned6 Years
  • Key FeatureCondition + Colour
  • Auction ID1640







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6 Comments
leezyjensen
leezyjensen
6 months ago

Thank you for your very honest answers very helpful

leezyjensen
leezyjensen
6 months ago

Few questions before I bid
No,pump in water bottle just a hole
Seat belt not worn on test why
Dash damaged on corner on glove box why has it been forced open
Steering rack boots none existent hanging of how is power steering holding fluids
Carpets look like they have been damp please confirm car doesn’t leak
Was it 1990 when last panels were fitted
Was it 2017 when bare metal photo was taking /respray only no replacement panels
Lastly why does it have extra battery charger wire permanently fitted to battery does it drain

petermac
petermac
6 months ago

Can you tell me a bit more about the restoration please? What did it involve bodywork-wise, was it a local place where the work was carried out, or any photos of the restoration? Is the car used regularly, has it been on any long runs recently? Many thanks for your help.

Kulraj Salh
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  petermac
6 months ago

Hi, photos of the work have been added to the paperwork section, you can see them here; https://www.tradeclassics.com/auctions/jensen/1974-jensen-interceptor-lll/#gallery4-39

Best, Kulraj – Trade Classics

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