Lot 37 (Imperial War Museum Duxford, 14th October 2020)
Estimated at £40,000 - £45,000
Registration No: JMU41K
Chassis No: 1284369
MOT: February 2021
Jensen’s striking replacement for the slant-eyed C-V8 first saw the light of day in 1966. It broke some of the firm’s established traditions in that the design was outsourced – to Carrozzeria Touring – and the bodies were made of steel rather than glass reinforced plastic. Power was initially supplied by a 6,276cc Chrysler V8, driving through either a four-speed manual or three-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission to an LSD-equipped Salisbury rear axle.
The MKII model brought revised frontal styling and ventilated disc brakes, while the MKIII Introduced at the October 1971 Earl's Court Motorshow, was visually distinguished by cast headlight surrounds, GKN cast alloy wheels and a comprehensively revamped interior. By May 1972 the engines on RHD cars had been increased in capacity to a whopping 7,212cc. A total of some 6,408 Interceptors were produced between 1966 and 1976. These distinctive-looking Grand Tourers were bought by celebrities as diverse as Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, British Foreign Secretary Lord Carrington, heavyweight boxer Henry Cooper, and World Motorcycle Champion Phil Read.
The Red bodywork of the stunning-looking G Series MKIII on offer is complemented by a Red-piped Black leather interior. According to the original factory paperwork, it was supplied by Jensen dealer Charles Follett and first registered on December 23, 1971 to Lord Robert Mercer Naime of Wiltshire. Previously the subject of a repaint and retrim, it was then treated to £2,000 of mainly mechanical maintenance in 2013 and MOT'd plus serviced every year thereafter. The vendor currently rates the bodywork, paintwork, upholstery, V8 engine and automatic transmission as all being in ‘very good’ order, and is selling the Interceptor complete with: copies of the factory build sheets; handbook; tool roll; bills and receipts dating back to the 1970s; plus MOTs back to 1982, when the mileage apparently stood at 8,736, making the current notably low figure of 38,223 eminently credible.
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