Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Simple Project? 1971 Jensen Interceptor Mk II

Over the years, I've purchased many different project cars and they've come in various shapes/sizes/conditions...but I've always been enchanted with the idea of a project that requires only basic tools, a single parking space, and mostly elbow grease.  A project that doesn't involve pulling a car off its frame, or massive rust repair, or rebuilding a fiddly vanos module...yeah...that would be a great project. Perhaps this Jensen might offer the right combination of mechanical, electrical, and hard work that could keep you busy, but not break the bank with expensive specialist work? Find this 1971 Jensen Interceptor 2 offered for $9000 in Seattle, WA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

From the seller:

1971 Jensen Interceptor 2
VIN: 1255162
condition: fair
cylinders: 8 cylinders
drive: rwd

fuel: gas
odometer: 36248
title status: clean
transmission: automatic
type: hatchback

This garaged 1971 Jensen Interceptor II coupe (car number 125/5162) is in mostly original condition and ready for restoration. The body is good and the leather seats are in great condition. A unique mix of British class, Italian design and American muscle, under the hood is a Chrysler V-8 with a TorqueFlite automatic transmission. Built for crossing Europe at high speeds, it's a dramatic looking fastback from Jensen Motors Limited of West Bromwich, England. Mechanical parts are NAPA close and most of the other necessary bits can be easily sourced through a network of specialists. This car was purchased by the current owner in 1987 and kept garaged during that period. Properly restored models have a high value. Car comes with a clean title, car keys and original owners manual. $9,000 OBO

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  1. What a cool car. My uncle had one of these back in the 70s and as a kid it seemed to me like the most exotic thing on earth. This seller seems to have some other great cars hanging out in the background of the Jensen photos too.

  2. I use to see a few of these running around Seattle but has been a minute as they say today....

  3. More presence than any other beige car ever.
    If there is no rust, this is an amazing car. One should keep in mind however that Jenson used to do the rust subcontracting for other manufacturers back in the day.

    1. British cars of this era used to race Fiats to see who could rust faster, they both won.

  4. I remember driving down the highway in my 7 year old VW Rabbit (unibody, the body was the frame).

    Car felt kinda wiggly.

    So reached over (while driving 60 mph) and pulled away the carpet from the footwell of the passenger's side.

    And I saw.... the highway.

    The unibody had rusted, and the car was splitting in two.


    I slowed down a bit, and drove it to my mechanic's.

    We stripped the car for parts (its engine gave a '75 Scirocco a new life). I remember picking up the entire Rabbit body after we'd stripped it, and moving it all by myself (it weighed next to nothing).

    But that wasn't nearly as exciting as the day I hit a speed bump in a different (old, rusted) Rabbit, and the entire (rusted out) footwell under my feet peeled back... revealing nothing but air. I drove that Rabbit for 50 miles with the highway running under my feet at 55 mph. THAT was a religious experience.

    I was tempted to try the Fred Flintstone stop, by putting my feet down.

    -Stan (...yeah... *that* Stan...)

    PS I drove that car for another 8 months. Just jammed a piece of plywood in the footwell. May not have been safe. But at least I didn't have to look at the highway flying underneath my feet at 60 mph...


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