Jensen Interceptor

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Jensen Interceptor
1971 Jensen Interceptor MkII, front left (USA).jpg
1971 Jensen Interceptor MkII (USA)
Owerview
Manufacturer Jensen
Production
  • 1966–76
  • 6,408 produced
Designer Carrozzeria Touring
Body and chassis
Cless Grand Tourer
Body style
Layoot FR layoot
Relatit Jensen FF
Powertrain
Ingine
  • 383 cu in (6.3 L) Golden Commando V8 (1966-1971)
  • 440 cu in (7.2 L) TNT V8 (1971-1976)
  • 360 cu in (5.9 L) LA V8 (S4)
Transmission
Dimensions
Wheelbase 105 in (2,667.0 mm)
Lenth 186 in (4,724.4 mm)
Weenth 69 in (1,752.6 mm)
Hicht 53 in (1,346.2 mm)[1]
Crib wecht 3,500 lb (1,588 kg)
Chronology
Predecessor Jensen CV8

The Jensen Interceptor wis a sportin GT-class caur hand-built in the Unitit Kinrick bi Jensen Motors atween 1966 an 1976. The Interceptor name haed been uised previously bi Jensen for an earlier caur made atween 1950 an 1957. The caur broke wi Jensen tradition bi haein a steel bodyshell instead o glass-reinforced plastic an bi haein the body designed bi an ootside firm, Carrozzeria Touring o Italy, rather than the in-hoose staff. The early bodies wur Italian-built, bi Vignale, afore production bi Jensen themselves began – wi subtle body modifications – in Wast Bromwich.

Model history an specifications[eedit | eedit soorce]

The ingine wis a Chrysler V8 initially o 6276 cc (383 c.i.) wi optional manual (Mark I, only 22 built) or TorqueFlite automatic transmissions drivin the rear wheels through a limited slip differential in a conventional Salisbury rear axle. The ingine grew tae 7212 cc (440 c.i.) in late 1971 wi 4-bbl carburation. The SP (Sax-Pack) model o 1971–73 affered 3x2-bbl carburation; ae 232 wur built an haed the distinction o being the maist pouerful caur iver tae hae been made bi Jensen (390 hp (290 kW)).

The Interceptor tuik its stylin cues frae the Brasinca Uirapuru wi a distinctive lairge, curvin wrap-aroond rear windae that doubled as a tailgate. The original specification includit electric windaes, reclinin front seats, a wood rimmed steerin wheel, radio wi twin speakers, reversin lichts an an electric clock. Pouer steerin wis includit as standard frae September 1968.

The Mark II wis annoonced in October 1969, revised frontal stylin an ventit disc brakes. The Mark III o 1971 haed revised seats, fully-cast alloy wheels plus some ither improvements. The Mark III wis dividit tae G-, H- an J-series, dependin on the production years. The "J" version o Interceptor III wis the maist luxurious Jensen built.

Rear view o Interceptor
Jensen Interceptor III Convertible (1974)

The Interceptor wis briefly re-introduced in the 1980s as the Series 4 (S4), as a low-volume 'specialist' motor caur in muckle the same way Bristol continue tae market an manufacture their caurs. Though the body remained essentially the same, a newer, so cawed 'cleaner', ingine wis uised an the interior slightly re-designed wi the addition o 'sports' front seats as opposed tae the airmchair style o the earlier models.

It wisna tae be, houiver. The then awner sauld up in 1988 tae an ingineerin company believed tae be in a stranger position tae manufacture the caur which lastit till 1993, an they did commence development wirk on a series 5 (S5) Interceptor till ance again receivers wur cawed in.

Interior of an Interceptor
  1. Cardew, Basil (1966). Daily Express Review of the 1966 Motor Show. London: Beaverbrook Newspapers Ltd.