Thursday, August 28, 2014

11k: Interception, Your Honor: 1972 Jensen Interceptor

If one of us doesn't act quickly, this mechanically sound but aesthetically needy MKIII will end up shackled to an iron workbench in a sealed garage in the middle of an arduous, meticulous restoration. Do you have what it takes to look past its singular dent and shoddy interior for the sake of its robust Chrysler V8? Are you willing to drive this British muscle car the way it was meant to be driven, leaving the patina-noting dweebs in a smokey burnout? Can you intercept this Interceptor? Find this 1972 Jensen Interceptor MkIII for $11,000 in Dallas, TX via craigslist.  

Finding a budget, road-ready, LHD Interceptor isn't as easy as it used to be. Fully restored examples max out the Daily Turismo price range. As for rare iterations such as the FF and Coupe, well, don't ask. Rust complicates the restoration process but you won't find it here. However, you will find original glass, wheels, and a recent maintenance run-through, ensuring road-worthiness if not show-worthiness.

Sometime after it was originally posted three days ago, the seller added 17 poor quality pictures, which feels like getting a week's supply of McDonald's coffee grounds... hooray? It's hard to determine the seats' condition. One seems to be covered in a decomposing lamb's wool cover, although it could be the original wool inserts resurrecting themselves from the decrepit seats or escaping from the tyrannical automatic transmission.

Early Interceptors weigh in around 3,500 pounds, while later models with the big 440 (pictured here) and increased emissions and safety fetters are closer to 3,700. They look massive, but are actually five inches shorter than a Camaro according to the all-knowing Allpar. Making only 300 horsepower with restrictive carbs, this late-model Interceptor is ready to roar through twin-choke Holleys, not sit quietly in a climate-controlled garage while discussing market trends.

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PhiLOL actually likes the tuna here, but abhors structural rust. Save the manuals.


  1. I like what you hope one of us will do with this. Would be much fun to let that v8 breathe more freely and enjoy the days by shredding tires and roaring around town.

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    If pictures are worth a thousand words, surely most of these words are begging for more clarity. That said, I'd probably take this and drive it as is. Restoration work? Maybe, but it wouldn't stop me from commuting till salt season comes.

  3. Posting deleted by author already. Wow.


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