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16 October 2012

New Jensen Interceptor

The original Jensen Interceptor was launched in 1966 by Jensen Motors in West Bromwich. Powered by a 6.3 litre Chrysler V8 (later by a 7.2), the 2-door, 4 seat grand tourer was an instant classic. (Actually, this isn't strictly the original -  the name had already been used in the 50's, but I don't want to confuse this with the new 2012 model - more later)

The body was designed by Carrozzeria Touring of Italy and is reminiscent of the Brasinca Uirapura, especially the rear window.

Jensen Interceptor rear window

Brasinca Uirapura
The Interceptor was way ahead of its time with electric windows, power steering and the FF (Fergurson Formula) model had 4 wheel drive, mechanical anti-lock brakes and traction control. 

Interceptor FF

The Interceptor was the car Simon Templar, alias the Saint, drove (in the Simon Dutton era). Incidentally, a new series has now been confirmed to start production in Spring 2013 with English actor Rupert Penry-Jones in the lead role. 

Anyway, Interceptor fans, Jensen have announced an ALL NEW MODEL to be launched in late 2012:

According to the press release, 'The all-new Jensen Interceptor will be designed, engineered and hand-built in Britain by the low volume automotive specialists, CPP Global Holdings. The new Jensen Interceptor is a thoroughly modern interpretation of the four-seat grand tourer original built between 1966 and 1976, and is based on an all-new aluminium chassis and handcrafted aluminium body. The public unveiling of the Interceptor is planned for late 2012, with deliveries to customers beginning in 2014.'

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