Classic Sports Cars; 1976 Jensen Interceptor
The Jensen Interceptor was a sporting
GT-class car hand-built in the United Kingdom by Jensen Motors
between 1966 and 1976. The Interceptor name had been used previously
by Jensen for an earlier car made between 1950 and 1957. The car
broke with Jensen tradition by having a steel bodyshell instead of
glass-reinforced plastic and by having the body designed by an
outside firm, Carrozzeria Touring of Italy, rather than the in-house
staff. The early bodies were Italian-built, by Vignale, before
production by Jensen themselves began in West Bromwich.
The Interceptor took its styling cues from the Brasinca Uirapuru, with a distinctive large, curving wrap-around rear window that doubled as a tailgate. The original specification included electric windows, reclining front seats, a wood rimmed steering wheel, radio with twin speakers, reversing lights and an electric clock. Power steering was included as standard from September 1968.