As I have dug deeper into classic cars and all things vintage while creating this site, I have more and more started to come across a certain car. Almost everywhere I looked, this car started popping up more and more. However, I had never really heard of it before! The car in question is the Jensen Interceptor and, in this article, we are going to talk a little bit about it!
However, before I talk about the car, I want to start off by talking about the company. The most probable reason for why I had never heard about the car was probably because I had never heard of the company before! So, I hope that this article can help educate anyone who is like me, and who has no clue about the company or the car!
The first thing to note about the company is that, as of 2021, they have been out of business for more than 18 years. This is probably one of the main reasons why I have never heard of them, as I am a younger guy. However, I still feel a little off about it because, to put it simply, they made a lot of really cool cars! I will say though that the most recent ones, the ones made around the year 2000, were absolutely miserable!
Jensen Motors was a British Sports car company that was started in 1934 with the goal of making, well, sports cars! Jensen started off making long nose, sports cars that looked great! They were a prime example of car styling in the 30s and look, in my opinion, much better than MG cars. Then, in the late 1930s, they started also making commercial vehicles as the wartime effort started to pick up. While this was not what they had initially planned for, it allowed them to bring in some extra cash.
After the war ended, the company started making a car called the Jensen PW. It was a slicked back saloon that looked beautiful in an all-black paint job. They produced these cars for a number of years before starting work on the interceptor. Now, I should mention that Jensen actually made two interceptors over the years.
The first car to bear that name was a early 50s hodge-podge of different design styles that looked rather gastly. However, in the early 60s that car was scrapped and in 1966 Jensen released the new Interceptor. Rather, what I should say is that Jensen released one of the coolest sports cars in British history, and that is saying quite a lot. So now, let’s talk about this awesome British sports car!
Can I just start this off by saying that, of all the names they could have chosen, they certainly chose the coolest one! ‘The Interceptor’ just sounds absolutely mental! However, let’s talk about the actual car rather than the name. The car itself was a front-engine, grand-tourer sports car that was released in 1966. For the time, it shared some styling points with Aston Martin. So, let’s talk about this cars awesome styling!
The car is a front-engine grand tourer so, as you can image, the car has the normal long hood setup with the drivers position sitting in the back. Let’s first take a look at some of the notable features in the front of the car. The first thing to note is the large 60s style chrome bumper that sits on the front of the car. Above this is the grill and headlight setup. They kept the grill and headlights simple, but it still looks good. Rather, I would say that it looks classy.
The hood of the car is sleek and rolls back into the cockpit. This car also has some pretty cool vents sitting right behind the first wheel arches. The vents have chrome detailing and on top of looking good, they allow the engine to breath! Now, let’s talk about the back. The back of this car is probably what makes its side profile so noticeable. The front of the car, from the side view, looks sharp and almost as though it would slice through the air. The back however is a little different.
The back of the car has a missive sloping window that rounds off the rear of the car. I mean, this window is truly big. However, it allows for some more rear storage space in the car so in my opinion, its pretty cool. The interior on this car is nice but certainly nothing special. It was nice for its time but not more luxurious than any of the other similarly priced car. The real question then is, how well did this car perform?
The performance on this car, for the 1960s, was awesome. In fact, when considering top speed and acceleration, the Jensen Interceptor beat out most of its opponents by a large margin! There were several different models and version of the Interceptor, but we will just focus on one in this article. The Interceptor was well equipped with a 6.3L V8 that cranked out a whopping 250 horsepower. This engine was connected to the rear wheels via a four-speed manual transmission.
Now, this may just seem like a normal British grand touring car in terms of specifications. However, there is one thing to note. The engines were not made by Jensen! Rather, Jensen purchased Chrysler small-block V8 engines. So, this car is basically a British muscle car! Over the years, the car was updated to fit the newer Chrysler engines to keep the performance up to date! Now, you may be wondering, what are the specifications on this car?
Well, they are pretty awesome. Keep in mind what I said before, this car was way ahead of the competitors. This car will do 0-60 in just 7.5 seconds, beating every other car in its class, except for the Jaguar, by an average of more than a second! And, if you kept your foot down and really wanted to push it, you could get the Interceptor to reach a top speed of 135 mph! Now, those are some pretty crazy specs for a grand touring car from the 60s!
I am super surprised that it took me this long to learn about this awesome car! This is one of those vehicles that just makes driving the best hobby. This was a car that you could quietly hop around town in but then, if you wanted to, you could also burn some rubber on some back roads. It was comfortable and fast. A car for everyday life and a weekend driver. After learning more about it, I am thrououghly in love with this beautiful car!
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