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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Jensen Interceptor Spotted


1971 Jensen Interceptor Mk II by Kate Tompkins

The first car to catch my eye at the car show I was at last Saturday was sleek and red with a fastback and a licence plate that said it was a 1971 Jensen Interceptor Mark II. My husband and I looked at each other. Nope, neither of us were familiar with that make. What a great name, though. Sounded like it should be a fighter jet, or a British spy car.

So of course I googled it when I got home, and discovered I was right about the British part at least. According to Wikipedia, the Interceptor was a grand tourer manufactured by Jensen Motors between 1966 and 1976. Available body types were a two-door convertible, two-door coupe, or two-door hatchback. Judging by the back end, I’m thinking this one’s a hatchback. It looks like the rear window would lift up. Since only 6,408 were ever built (not counting the early Interceptor of the 1950s), it’s a fairly rare car.
1971 Jensen Interceptor Mk II by Kate Tompkins

Is it collectible? Concept Carz has auction information for the 1971 Interceptor which gives the average price as just under $20,000. They give comparable average prices for several other 1971 cars including a BMW 3.0 CS E9 and a Fiat 500L. Still, if you’re looking for something a bit unusual rather than an investment, it could be just the ticket.

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