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Jensen Intertempter

This incredibly rare Jensen Interceptor Mk. III is just one of 201 Interceptors of all types left on the roads in the UK.

It’s rare because although another 333 Interceptors exist, they’re all Sworn Off Road.

Can it get rarer? Yes it can, because this one is a convertible.

The Interceptor Mk. 111 was originally built in 1971 but the convertible, officially called the Jensen Interceptor Mk. 111 by Touring of Milan, wasn’t introduced until 1974, and only 506 were made.

Like the 1971 car, this one comes with a 7.2 litre, V8 engine and includes air conditioning as standard.

Want it? It goes up for sale at the next Historics Auctioneers event at Brooklands Museum on Satruday, November 23, when it’s predicted to sell for between £56,000 to £64,000.

It’s had only four owners during its entire life during which time DBY 838M, with chassis number 2340-9503 and engine number 4012682 has racked up just 28,426 miles.

The current owner has had the car since 2006 and it has always been garaged.

The only reason for selling it now is due to lack of storage space.

It’s clearly been a much loved and well cared-for example throughout its 45 years on British roads and its exceptionally low mileage shows how well it has been looked after.

Historics say: “The Interceptor was not a shape that took readily to being converted to a soft top, therefore the whole rear end of the car was restyled with more square-cut lines and a traditional boot lid.

“This restyling was a complete success, giving the car a very balanced profile, especially with the roof down.

“Jensen had switched from fibre glass to steel for its car bodies. The Interceptor took its styling cues from the Brasinca Uirapuru, with a distinctive large, curving wrap-around rear window that doubled as a tailgate.

“The original specification included electric windows, reclining front seats, a wood rimmed steering wheel, radio with twin speakers, reversing lights and an electric clock.

Power steering was included as standard from September 1968 with the convertible version as one of Jensen’s most sought-after models.

“Originally registered on 15th May 1974 and supplied by Guy Salmon Ltd., this Interceptor Convertible is a delightfully handsome example and is finished in metallic blue with cream leather interior and a blue hood.

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“The cabin of a Jensen is an area of beauty with an array of dials and switches.

“The original service books are present together with letters from Jensen Motors Ltd and a Statement of Origin. The 7,212cc, V8 engine sounds superb and we are advised that it drives with no known faults.”

That’s what Historics say, I say that the owner must be heartbroken at seeing it fall into new hands.

The auction takes place at Mercedes-Benz World, Brooklands Museum, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 0SL.

Pre-auction viewing is on Thursday, November 21 (10am-8pm) and Friday, November 22 (10am-5pm).

The auction itself starts at 10am on Saturday, November 23.

To gain entry you need to purchase the auction catalogue.

Details here: