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Princess Anne, Farrah Fawcett, Cher and Ginger Baker may not have had a lot in common, but they all shared a love for the Jensen Interceptor.

And soon a whole new generation of drivers will be able to get their hands on the much-loved sportscar as UK automotive company CPP Global Holdings has announced that it will engineer, develop and build an all-new model of the car.

Deliveries to customers will begin in 2014.

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The announcement follows yesterday's news that CPP is bringing manufacturing back to Jaguar's former Browns Lane factory in Coventry.

The Jensen Interceptor will be produced on the same site.

This is a further boost to the UK motor industry following yesterday's news that Jaguar Land Rover was investing £355 million to build low-emission engines at a business park near Wolverhampton in the West Midlands, potentially creating thousands of new jobs.

A much-admired GT model, the Jensen Interceptor was originally built between 1966 and 1976.

CPP said a team of Coventry-based design consultants employed by the Jensen brand's owners, Healey Sports Cars Switzerland Ltd, had completed the design of the new Interceptor, which has already gained 'significant customer interest'.

The public unveiling of the Interceptor is planned for late 2012, with deliveries starting in 2014. Annual production numbers and pricing are yet to be confirmed.

Brendan O'Toole, founder and co-owner of CPP, said: 'I started my career by restoring bodies and components for classic British sports cars, so for CPP to take the lead role in reviving this iconic brand is very exciting for the business, and for me personally.
JENSEN INTERCEPTOR FACTS...

The Jensen Interceptor was sporting Grand Tourer class car hand-built in the United Kingdom by Jensen Motors
It was made between 1966 and 1976
6,408 cars were produced
The car is a two-door four-seater
It broke with Jensen tradition by having a steel bodyshell instead of glass-reinforced plastic
The body was also the first to be designed by an outside firm, Carrozzeria Touring of Italy, rather than the in-house staff
The engine was a Chrysler V8 initially of 6276 cc (383 c.i.)
It grew to 7212 cc (440 c.i.) in late 1971
The Interceptor was briefly re-introduced in the 1980s as the Series 4 (S4), as a low-volume 'specialist' motor car

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/motoring/art ... z1YX7IiKpv





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They need to continue the tradition and power the new Jensens with Chrysler's 6.4 litre Hemi. :D
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Resurrecting this thread 10 years later . . .

I know there are a few Interceptor fans on this board. There are two cars I recall seeing for the first time: a Jaguar E-type in around 1962 and the second coming of the Interceptor - maybe 1967 or 1968.

As far as I can make out, the version shown in Gob's post as a concept never made it to market. They (the successor company to the original Jensen Motors) are again threatening to release a new version. In the meantime you can get a fully restored and re-engined version in the UK for around £350,000.

There was a piece in Friday's NYT.

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Quoting the article: "Some Jensen purists aren’t fully on board with this type of restoration, but since all Jensens were built with someone else’s powertrain, planting the potent Chevrolet powerplant in the Interceptor engine bay doesn’t seem to be an offense on the order of replacing a Jaguar engine with a Chevy."

A general Motors V-8 is actually a very popular swap for the DOHC I-6 found in the early Jaguar XJ sedans. Since Jaguar bought GM's popular turbo 350 automatic transmission for those cars, it's a fairly simple process. BRW as they say. Bolt Right Up. Well sort of.
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I still want one, and still cannot afford one...
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Here is a very nice example of a Chevy V-8 powered Jaguar XJ-6 on Hemmings Motor News auctions today.
https://www.hemmings.com/auction/1972-j ... 2021-02-06

Apparently it didn't meet its reserve or asking price during the initial auction. Here's your chance to own one.

I had a nearly identical XJ-12 (V-12 engine) 43 years ago. Nice car, very smooth, but definitely not what you'd call HOT.
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Question about the Jenson FF (the Interceptor with auto brakes and 4 Wheel drive) Wikipedia says it was the first road car with 4-wheel drive. It also says it was not designed to accommodate the steering wheel on the left and thus was not sold in the US. Really? I have seen plenty of Right-drive English cars on this side of the pond. And even one Citroen 2CV with right steering wheel. (driven by a very eccentric instructor at the University of Delaware.)

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Snail - I believe US law prohibits importing RHD cars less than 25 years old. The FF would have required major design alterations to LHD and would have to be manufactured in the USA. Prohibitive stuff for a model that only reached a little over 300 units in RHD.
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Imported is one thing registered and plated another. Usually both can be accomplished as long as the right [strike]bribes[/strike] fees are paid.
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There's nothing in US law prohibiting RHD cars. What prohibits importing cars under 25 years old is the need to meet NHTSA/DOT standards, particularly US crash standards, US lighting standards, US mirror standards, US windshield standards, etc. The crash standards require the manufacturer or importer to provide a minimum of 5 cars to be destroyed in crash tests.
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??? They sold plenty of them in Europe. Example:

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1973 model per the ad.

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That's not an FF
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OK, thanks - I missed the point of SG's post. I have now educated myself about the FF.

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MGMcAnick wrote:
Sun Jan 31, 2021 8:28 pm
Quoting the article: "Some Jensen purists aren’t fully on board with this type of restoration, but since all Jensens were built with someone else’s powertrain, planting the potent Chevrolet powerplant in the Interceptor engine bay doesn’t seem to be an offense on the order of replacing a Jaguar engine with a Chevy."

A general Motors V-8 is actually a very popular swap for the DOHC I-6 found in the early Jaguar XJ sedans. Since Jaguar bought GM's popular turbo 350 automatic transmission for those cars, it's a fairly simple process. BRW as they say. Bolt Right Up. Well sort of.
There used to be an XJS in this area about 15 years ago...it is what I expect is a very rare manual transmission model. Under the hood, still wearing its crossed-flag cover, is an LT4 and ZF 6-speed from a Grand Sport Corvette.

Notably, Rolls Royce also used GM transmissions.
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“If you trust in yourself, and believe in your dreams, and follow your star. . . you'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy.”

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