A Project: ’71 Jensen Interceptor
Vignale was called upon to design the new Jensen and the result was very successful except maybe for the super large rear window. The Interceptor was powered first by a Chrysler 383 and later cars by a 440 V8. The early cars, like today’s find, are prized because they are faster and lighter than the 440 cars. All Interceptors are fully equipped with automatic transmission, polished walnut dash, 8-track player, air conditioning, and Connolly leather. Today’s Jensen looks in fairly decent condition… for a barn find. The seller says it drives and isn’t missing anything. No mention of “rust-free” so that is a first question to ask. Second question might be why does a ’71 have a 383 engine particularly a matching numbers one? Hopefully a Jensen expert (Andy, are you reading this?) will come to the rescue. Could it be a ’70 retitled a ’71 because of the date of sale? That happened often. Our quick research indicates a ’71 should be a 440cid Chrysler. The asking price is $12,500 and for a complete, running car that might not be bad. Only a personal inspection with a calculator and Hagerty’s Valuation Tools in hand, will tell. Click here for the listing.