The cars In this section have been lovingly restored by Jensen fan Derek Chapman who gave kind permission to have his photos and videos on this site.
The Jensen Interceptor made its debut in 1950 as the second car made by Jensen Motors after World War II. The car was based on Austin components with a body built by Jensen and styled by Eric Neale The 3,993 cc (4.0 L; 243.7 cu in) Straight Six Engine and Gear Box came from the Austian Sheerline and the chassis was a lengthened version of the one used on the Austin A70 with a modified version of the independent coil sprung suspension.
Production continued through 1957.Jensen later reused the name for a Sceond Generation which debuted in 1966 and was revived several times after that.
Jensen P66 was a model range planned by Jensen Motors in the 1960s, which was aborted after two examples were made and one was exhibited at the 1965 London Motor ShowIt was planned as a replacement for the Austib-healey 3000 which at that time Jensen were assembling at their factory in West Bromwich. The British Motor Company (BMC) were planning to drop the Healey and Jensen asked Eric Neal, their house stylist, to design a replacement for the US market. In a break from their recent tradition of using glassfibre, he used an aluminium body on a steel platform and tube chassis. The optional engine continued to be a 6.2 litre Chrysler V8 similar to that used in the contemporary C-V8 or a 4.5 litre in stock form. The car was priced at £2,200 in the UK against £3,500 for the CV8, and would possibly have been renamed as Interceptor if put into production. Reception to the convertible car was generally favourable, although the strakes over the wheel arch were criticised in the press as outdated. A hardtop version was also produced with plain wheel arches. The company founders, Richard and Alan Jensen, favoured putting the model into production. The Norcros group had been controlling the company for some years and preferred to adopt an Italian styled body, a view shared by Managing Director Brian Owen and Deputy Chief Engineer Kevin Beattie. They approached Touring Of Mailan who produced a rival design that was put into production by Vignale as the Interceptor.
After making some changes to the Touring design to make it suitable for tooling, Eric Neale felt that he had no role left in the company and resigned.
He was followed by the Jensen brothers.
The convertible P66 was soon broken up, the parts and the other hardtop model being sold on. The second, hardtop, model has survived in original condition and has been used regularly; following a thorough rebuild it won Car of the Show in the ‘Classic & Sports Car’ Club Awards at the 2015 Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show.
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