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Yank in the UK

Petrolicious Productions By Petrolicious Productions
April 10, 2014
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The car: 1972 Jensen Interceptor SP

Price: £29,995.00 (approximately $50,380)

Location: United Kingdom

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 Chrysler’s motors were perhaps the most over-engineered of the Big Three, which made it attractive to several European brands from France, Switzerland, and the UK. Of the bunch, the most popular of these hybrids was the Jensen Interceptor—not only did it have 440 power, but it also was the only hybrid to ever utilize Six Pack carburetion. Known as the Interceptor SP and putting out 385 gross horsepower (on paper), only 232 were built between September 1971 and July 1973. They easily can be identified by the four long rows of louvers on the hood.

This Interceptor on eBay is one of 219 SPs with RHD. Seller claims this 21,365-mile SP has had only four owners in the past 40 years. A body-on restoration was recently completed, but at one point, the Six Pack induction was removed and not returned, although the chassis and engine block show this Interceptor to be a real SP. Chrome and interior are in excellent condition, with a new stainless steel exhaust, tires, refurbished wheels, and carpet rounding out the things you don’t need to worry about. Painted in yellow with a back vinyl top and a factory, full-length Webasto sunroof, this Interceptor SP is perhaps the best Anglo-American pairing since Churchill and Roosevelt.

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Petrolicious makes no claim as to the accuracy of the information contained in the car’s original listing, nor will it be held responsible for any errors in said information. If you’re interested in this car, do your homework and research it extensively before you buy.

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Antony Ingram
Antony Ingram
2 years 7 months ago

Had the good fortune to drive an Interceptor a few years back. Really, really appealing vehicle – not a great handler but just sort of flows around in the manner you’d expect of the American cars that share its engine. Great burble from the exhausts too and can’t go too far wrong with a finely-crafted British cabin.

Afshin Behnia
Afshin Behnia
2 years 7 months ago

Hat tip to Matthew Lange for this find.

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange
2 years 7 months ago

Thanks Afshin, happy to help out 🙂

Erik de Vries
Erik de Vries
2 years 7 months ago

Combine one of these engines with a modern, aftermarket electronic fuel injection system and a tune-able solid state ignition setup (one coil per spark plug, no distributor) and you have a phenomenally powerful, reliable power plant. It’s the carb and the points ignition that cause these engines to be the stuttering fuel pigs they can sometimes be.

Dustin Rittle
Dustin Rittle
2 years 7 months ago

I have to say that i have always thought of the Interceptor as one of the best British/American hybrids ever made. The car always a had unique design to me it really didnt look like anything else plus you add a simple , powerful, reliable Chrysler v8 that im sure sounds lovely coming out the back. Plus i always thought the name Interceptor was the best name for a car. Who wouldnt want to drive a Interceptor 😉

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange
2 years 7 months ago

Technically it’s a British/ American / Italian hybrid as it was styled by Touring of Milan, and the early series one cars had their bodies built by Vignale in Italy.

Dustin Rittle
Dustin Rittle
2 years 7 months ago

Yes i do know that the car was styled by the Italians. So i guess it would make the car a Tribrid of of sorts 😉

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