At $29,900, is this 1974 Jensen Interceptor best in class?

Nice Price or No Dice 1974 Jensen Interceptor

Today Good price or no dice Jensen Interceptor can rightly be described as an English lounge on wheels with an American bouncer at the door. Let’s see what it would reasonably cost to get into this club.

There’s a lot of debate to be had about whether it’s better to buy a high-end cheap car or a stripped-down edition of an expensive car. We don’t need to delve into this discussion as you all made your opinions known in the comments and vote yesterday $8,800 2004 VW Passat W8. This premium edition of VW’s family car couldn’t pass, even with its rare six-speed stick. In the end, the 83% no-dice loss showed you that you all thought something cheaper would suffice.

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Photo: Craigslist

Photo: Craigslist

The opening scene of the 1949 film Twelve hours at the highest retired Harvey Stovall, a retired US Army Air officer, played skilfully by Dean Jagger, who won the Best Actor Oscar for the role, thanking staff at a London haberdashery for taking two hours to sell him the “perfect hat”. The British have long been proud of such acts, producing and promoting many favorite lifestyle accessories. This fact is attested today by 1974 Jensen Interceptorwhich, despite its American heritage transmission, is both as thoroughly British and just as stylish as a Savile Row suit.

The car’s manufacturer, Jensen Motors, was founded by brothers Alan and Richard Jensen in 1934. Initially, the company focused on commissioned bodies for other car manufacturers and private individuals. One of these, a Ford-based special commissioned in 1934 by Clark Gable, caught the attention of the press. Jensen’s flexibility allowed it to successfully pivot to wartime production during World War II, producing military trucks and tank parts, then back to building grand touring cars shortly after the end of World War II. the war.

Photo: Craigslist

Photo: Craigslist

The Interceptor was the last of these grand touring models. Jensen had long suffered from financial problems, and in 1976 this insolvency finally caught up with the automaker, ending production and closing the West Bromwich plant. Several attempts have been made in the years since to revive both Jensen and the Interceptor, but to date none have proven to be sustainable.

That leaves cars like this 1974 coupe for historians and enthusiasts to enjoy. This one sports sleek black paint on a Bisque interior covered in Connolly leather, accompanied by a bit of burl wood and rich shag wool carpets.

The iconic Vignale-designed bodywork appears to be in excellent condition and bears all of its factory shine. Aftermarket additions of a cow catcher style front air dam and Minilite alloy wheels add to the uniqueness of the car, but it would be nice to have the original and beautiful five-spoke alloys under the car . At least those Minilites wear new Nexen black walls. The ad says the paint was redone to the original burgundy in 1977 by a previous owner who was apparently a candy bar mogul. I think these cars look amazing in both colors.

Photo: Craigslist

Photo: Craigslist

According to the ad, Chrysler’s 440 CID V8 sports the “Six Pack” induction system. It wasn’t a factory option from Jensen in ’74 so it’s probably a later upgrade, but it’s still a pretty nice setup to have. The original Mopar Six Pack featured three Holley 2300 two-barrel carburetors on a riser. The seller says this car has Mancini carbs instead of the expected Holleys. With the factory Six Pack, the 440 would produce about 330 horsepower, which, with only about 3,600 pounds to displace, made the Interceptor reasonably fast for its time.

Along with the two-barrel trio, this Mopar grinder also has custom heat-wrapped headers and is serviced by an increased-capacity aluminum radiator with dual electric fans. The rest of the drivetrain is a 727 Torqueflite 3-speed automatic and Salisbury rear.

According to the seller, the only problem is that the air conditioning system is still R12 and needs to be upgraded to R134. The drivetrain doesn’t sit particularly far in the frame, but it does require a fairly wide center tunnel, which translates to particularly narrow footpegs and one of the narrowest brake pedals you’ll find.

Photo: Craigslist

Photo: Craigslist

As fun as it all sounds, the mechanics are matched by an interior that pampers rather than constrains. There’s leather galore here, as well as a period-appropriate AM/FM/8-track stereo. A fun fact is that while the two rear seats are primarily for show, having almost no legroom, the Interceptor was one of the first cars to feature shoulder belts for rear passengers. .

Photo: Craigslist

Photo: Craigslist

Another unique feature of the car is the stunning all-glass rear hatch. It covers the trunk, which has a hard cover under the glass, so it is inaccessible otherwise.

The mileage is a reasonable 52,500 tons and the car is offered with a clean title and current labels. What should such a classic in this condition reasonably expect to pull in a sale?

Photo: Craigslist

Photo: Craigslist

The seller is asking $29,900 for the car and claims it is undermarked in hopes of a quick sale. Do you think at this price it will sell quickly? Or, for all that, will this Interceptor miss the target?

You decide!

Los Angeles, California, craigslistwhere to go here if the ad disappears.

H/T to Don R. for the connection!

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