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1976 Jensen Interceptor


The 1976 Jensen Interceptor is powered by a Chrysler V8
The 1976 Jensen Interceptor is powered by a Chrysler V8

Say you can’t afford a classic Aston Martin but you still want the classic Aston driving experience. Well, you could do a lot worse than a Jensen Interceptor.

The Pick of the Day is a 1976 Jensen Interceptor coupe that should fit the bill.

I owned one of these cars and really enjoyed it. I also previously owned a 1969 Aston Martin DBS, and I think the experience behind the wheel is essentially the same. The Jensen is actually faster due to its huge Chrysler 440 cid engine, as well as being cheaper to buy and cheaper to keep running.

The Jensen Interceptor has a distinctive glass hatchback rear
The Jensen Interceptor has a distinctive glass hatchback rear

The Jensen was designed to be a head-to-head competitor with the more expensive Aston. The Interceptor has all that the Aston has, being hand built in England with a luxurious interior and plenty of power from the mammoth V8.

Designed by Carrozzeria Touring of Italy, these cars were very expensive when new and were one of the “it” cars of the era, owned by such notables as Indy 500 winner Johnny Rutherford, Frank Sinatra, author Frederick Forsythe, Bing Crosby, F1 Champion Jackie Stewart, Cliff Richard and actor Tony Curtis (who was the previous owner of my own Interceptor).

According to the St. Louis, Missouri, dealer listing this Interceptor on ClassicCars.com, this is one of only 171 Interceptors built during its final year of production.

The gloss-black paint on this coupe shows well, the dealer says, and all the aluminum trim is present, complete and displays well with normal wear. The dealer also notes that the original front and rear bumpers fit well and that the chrome is great, and all the rubber weather-stripping remains pliable and performs its intended function. The original 15-inch wheels show well with only slight signs of marring, the dealer adds.

The Jensen boasts a handsome profile
The Jensen boasts a handsome profile

The interior looks just as good, the dealer says, with black-leather seats with matching black door panels, carpet and dashboard. The seller notes that this car is one of 100 examples equipped with a dealer-installed sliding sunroof.  The gauges have correct appearance and function as originally designed, along with the heater and air conditioning, according to the listing. The same goes for the power seats, power windows and Motorola AM/FM 8-track.

The original, ugly steering wheel has been replaced with a period-correct Moto-Lita three-spoke leather-wrapped wheel, although the ad notes that the horn is inoperable.  Current mileage on the odometer shows 57,003, according to the dealer.

I went to the dealer’s website after seeing the ad, and there are scores of pictures detailing every part of this car, which appears to be solid with no lurking problems.

The asking price of this nice, low-mileage Interceptor is a market correct $39,900. If you have followed the Interceptor over the past few years, you know that these cars have increased in value.

So if you fancy yourself a James Bond on a budget, the stunning Interceptor is one of the best embodiments of the British Gentleman’s Express ever built.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

Andy Reid
Andy Reid
Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.


  1. Sirs,

    I am delighted to see the “Pick of the day” The Jensen, actually in my garage now…sits a very nice l973 Jensen Interceptor….fantastic car…and yes, as someone said…”A Gentleman’s Grand Touring”…not “so” ta ta of the Aston or Porsche….subtle “Savoir Faire”….and the Chrysler 440 (Think also Facel Vega) is a big plus…….delighted to see it mentioned……thanks

    Vive La Panhard…..JPB

  2. Beautiful car. Interesting about your history with Tony Curtis. Perhaps he noticed the Jensen’s similarity to the Aston DBS from his 1971 British TV series “The Persuaders”, where his co-star Roger Moore drove an Aston that is easy to see where the Interceptor came from (Curtis drove a red Ferrari Dino 246 GT). Both cars are reportedly with collectors today. Great show, too.

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