The Jensen Interceptor is a hand-built Grand Touring Car at the Kelvin Way Factory in West Bromwich, near Birmingham, England, by Jensen Motors between 1966 and 1976. The name of the Interceptor had previously been used by Jensen for the Jensen Interceptor made between 1950 and 1957 at the Carters Green factory. Jensen had used glass-reinforced plastic extensively for the manufacture of body panels in the previous two decades, but the new Interceptor saw a return to a steel housing. The body was designed by an external company, Carrozzeria Touring from Italy, and not by the internal team. The first bodies were built in Italy by Vignale, before Jensen took the production home, making some subtle changes to the body.

Model history and specifications
Jensen Motors used Chrysler V8 engines for the Interceptor, starting with 6276 cc (383 ci) transmissions with optional manual (Mark I, only 22 built) or TorqueFlite automatic that drive the rear wheels through a limited slip differential on one axle conventional Salisbury rear. In 1970, the 383 c.i. produced 335 hp of gross SAE or 270 hp of net SAE. As this engine was out of tune by Chrysler for use with regular gasoline and produced only a 250 hp SAE network in 1971, Jensen opted to use the 440 in3 (7,200 cc) Chrysler engine for 1971.

For 1971, two 440 c.i. engines were offered. One had a 4-barrel carburetor and produced a 305 hp SAE network. The other, which had three 2-cylinder carburetors and produced a 330 hp SAE network, was only available in 1971. Only 232 cars were built with the 440 "Six Pack" and had the distinction of being the most powerful car that has ever existed. . made by Jensen.

For 1972, the 440 c.i. engine with three 2-barrel carburetors was no longer produced by Chrysler. The 440 c.i. the engine that remained was set to 280 hp SAE net. Chrysler continued to offer high performance 440 c.i. until 1976, when it produced only 255 hp SAE net.

The Interceptor may have adopted some style tips from Brasinca Uirapuru, with a large, curved, distinctive and folding rear window, which was also used as a rear door. The original specification included electric windows, reclining front seats, a wood-rimmed steering wheel, radio with dual speakers, reverse lights and an electric clock. Power steering was included as a standard from September 1968.

The Mark II was announced in October 1969, with a slightly revised styling on the headlights, front grille and revised bumpers and rear lights. The interior has been substantially overhauled to meet US regulations, and air conditioning was an option.

The Mark III, introduced in 1971, overhauled the front grille, headlight finishers and bumper treatment again. It had GKN alloy wheels and air conditioning as standard and revised seats. It was divided into series G, H and J, depending on the year of production. The 6.3 liter 383ci engine was replaced by the 7.2 liter 440ci engine in 1971.

Jensen had been in trouble in 1975 due to the global recession and problems with his Jensen-Healey sports car. The company was placed in storage and the receivers allowed production to continue until the available parts cache was exhausted. Interceptor production ended in 1976.

Subsequently, a group of investors negotiating under the new brand Jensen Cars Limited intervened and relaunched the production of the 1970s Interceptor, which was briefly reintroduced in the late 1980s as the Series 4 (S4), an updated version of the original Interceptor. Series V8, giving a new life to the Jensen brand and its production of cars was resumed. The car returned as a low-volume, hand-made, bespoke case marketed in a similar way to Bristol, with a price tag of £ 70,000. Although the body remained essentially the same as the last in the main production of the 3 Series, the engine was a 5.9 cubic liter (5.9 liter) supplied by Chrysler, which used more modern controls to comparatively reduce emissions and still produce about 250 hp. In addition, the interior has been slightly redesigned with the addition of modern "sporty" front seats, as opposed to the seat style of previous models, as well as a revised dashboard and electronic components.

The then owner sold it in 1990 to an engineering company that was believed to be in a stronger position to manufacture the car; this lasted until 1993, with approximately 36 cars built and, while work began on the development of a very modern Series 5 (S5) interceptor for the 1990s, unfortunately, again, the receivers were called in and the company was liquidated.

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