Displacement: 383 cu.in. (6,286 cc)
Horsepower: 330 bhp @ 4,600 rpm
Engine Torque: 425 lb ft @ 2,800 rpm
Top Speed: 137 mph
0 - 60 mph: 6.4 seconds
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Founded by brothers, Alan and Richard Jensen, Jensen Motors started out building special sporting bodies for several British car companies before the War. In the late thirties, they began producing commercial vehicles too. With the advent of the War, they focused on the war effort, supplying many military vehicle components as well as bodies for ambulances and fire engines. After the War, they turned their attentions back to sports cars. Notable early efforts included the Eric Neale designed 541 and CV8 fibreglass coupes. These were both fast and stylish four-seater coupes but their magnum opus was to come in 1966, with the launch of the Interceptor. Designed by Carrozzeria Touring (the Italian styling house perhaps most famous for their work on the Aston Martin DB4,5&6), it was an incredibly futuristic, 2+2 GT, bodied in steel. Powered by the same Chrysler V8 engine as its predecessor, the CV8, it was very powerful but also handled well and was very luxuriously appointed. Though initially the bodies were built in Italy by Vignale, production was soon fully in house at the Jensen factory in West Bromwich, England. In 1969, a Mark II version was announced. This featured minor exterior restyling but extensive interior revisions with increased luxury and comfort. Air conditioning was also now offered as an option.
Offered here is a late Mark II example, fitted with (working) factory A/C. Finished in Garnet with Magnolia interior, it is a long-term California car with just over 58,000 original miles. Consequently, it is not just rust-free (a common blight for Interceptors), but also largely unmolested and drives superbly. The body is extremely straight with good, even shutlines but the paint, though decent from ten feet, rather shows its age upon close inspection.
Only 432 LHD Mark IIs were built (out of a total production of just 1128 cars) and a large percentage have already been lost to corrosion, accident or neglect, so good, honest examples such as this are increasingly hard to find. With its excellent body and healthy mechanicals this is an ideal candidate for a light restoration or just enjoy it now as a great driver.