Rust, holes in just about every panel and generous amounts of tape holding it together, this Jensen is in need of serious restoration. Are you brave enough?
We all love a good project car, and there’s nothing better than seeing the transformation of a classic from clapped-out to concours-ready. However, you’ll need a strong stomach to take on this Jensen Interceptor that’s heading to the Bonhams London Olympia auction on 3rd December.
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The Jensen Interceptor of the 1960s and '70s is one of the most desirable cars to come out of the United Kingdom. Its combination of Italian styling and thundering Chrysler V8 gave it great appeal. Even its name ‘Interceptor’ sounded like it belonged in a big budget spy film. The question is, will you let this rather degraded classic live to Die Another Day?
Jensen switched from fibreglass bodyshells to steel for the Interceptor in a bid to gain better rigidity, though not necessarily structural longevity as this poorly preserved car demonstrates. With more holes in its bodywork than Swiss cheese, and an estimated three reels of duct tape holding it together, if this Jensen were a beloved family pet it would have been put down. It really is in a state with just about every body panel rusted through, scarred and shedding its paint. You really need to be dedicated to the cause to see this car back to health.
Chassis 115/2517 is a very early Jensen Interceptor, in fact one of only 17 produced in its initial year of 1966. It was delivered to the UK in November of that year originally wearing Charcoal Grey paint and sporting a red leather interior.
Its Bonhams description states that the car then spent some time abroad before being repatriated in 1990 and eventually acquired by the Jensen Museum. The car was then bought by Rejen Sales in 2013 before finding its way to this auction. This Interceptor is generously described as being in ‘barn find’ condition.
The Interceptor has an estimate of £10,000 – £14,000 ($12,800 – $18,000, €11,000 – €16,000). If you can’t bare to see this car head to the great scrapyard in the sky, check out the Bonhams lot - potentially with divorce papers in hand.