1973 Jensen Interceptor

SP Coupe
Sale Price
$49,000 - $73,000
Est. Range
13 February 2021
Sold Date
Lot Number
Visually maintained, largely original
RM Sotheby's
Auction House
Chassis no. 1328602. Gold with black vinyl roof over tan leather. 440/385hp Six Pack Chrysler engine, automatic, GKN alloy wheels, air conditioning, power windows, later Blaupunkt cassette stereo, original tool roll.

Evaluation: From the Gold Collection. Represented as one of 232 SP (Six-Pack) Interceptors built. Delivered new to Germany. Wrinkled front seat leather and lightly worn carpets. Large tear in the steering wheel rim. Decent old paint and brightwork, but the plastic on the bumper overriders is cracking. A few paint blisters on the outer rims of the wheel wells. Newer exhaust but the underbody is grubby and used, as is the engine bay. Dull-looking roof vinyl. The odometer shows 2307, but it has probably turned over once. Tired and used, but a rare spec Interceptor.

Bottom Line: Jensen built nearly 6500 Interceptors so it isn’t exactly a common car in any guise, but the SP model is scarcer still and, just as important, is the fastest of the series. That’s why this one brought a superior price despite its numerous flaws and despite it being the first lot of the sale. In dollar terms, this money would have bought just about the best U.S.-spec 230-horse Interceptor available on our side of the pond, but this one swims in a different kettle of fish and deserves the price it brought.

by Andrew Newton
22 February 2021
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