Jensen Interceptor was a fresh piece of metal in the market the year it was launched, but as time passed, the demand waned. Since many such cars became unreliable and cost a bomb to maintain, the motor freaks switched to options they found to be more appealing. With terrible fuel efficiency, the Interceptor Chrysler V8 would only run 12 or 15 if you maintained its features properly.
The ’80s was a great time for the car because many such cars were being relaunched and brought back under the light. However, all of them fell off the cushion by the beginning of the ’90s. In the recent past, these cars were restored at a lesser cost, making them worth what was spent. Although many such drawbacks had the car pushed back into a less active zone, it had been making better vehicles than GM and Ford. Here are a few such interesting facts about Jensen Interceptor.
Facts About the Classic
- In 1966, when the Interceptor was launched, the car was pretty expensive. The 6.3 liters, 140 mph version was highly-priced, making it almost impossible for an average citizen to buy it. It was the Jaguar E-Type FHC with its 4.2 litre capacity that made it to the list of the most reliable car. Since it cost only half the price of the Interceptor, people preferred to buy it.
- The Chrysler V8 was offering a 7.2-liter version in 1971 when the Mark III was launched, but it had lesser power against a high torque. The price of the 135mph top speed Interceptor was the same in those years, but by 1974, it had dropped even below the prices of Aston Martin V8 and BMW 3.0CSi E9.
- Jensen went bust a few times in its short history of car manufacture, and many other companies consider it a blessing at times. From 1966 to 1976, they had their original production until they faced a hard time in 1975. However, they relaunched their car as Mark IV, which was initially a success. But after the production of 36 cars, by the end of 1993, they had been bust again. In 2010, the Interceptor revived its brand by rebuilding their cars instead of launching new ones.
- Jensen took over the complete production of their cars after a few years of their first launch. They had the Interceptors built by Vignale in Italy for the initial period of production, but since the cars were received with several remedial works, the company had to take up the entire process.
- The kingpin type front suspension was originally used in the Interceptor, but they later changed to the system of wishbones and telescopic dampers. With this change of features, they also replaced the Dunlop brakes with the Girling type, and a standard power steering and radial tyres were added to the new model.
- The 1967 Mkl registered 13SDV was one of the most famous Interceptors in history. It expired in 2017 after 27 years of dormancy in a garage in Leicestershire.