Mopar Monday: The Jensen Interceptor

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Before you spit your coffee all over that fancy monitor, exclaiming “Wait a minute! That’s not a Mopar – it’s not even an American car!”, just hear me out. 

While it’s true that the Interceptor hailed from across the pond by way of our friends in the United Kingdom, the Jensen came equipped with a little surprise under its bonnet.

In a glorious Frankenstein-esque design decision not unlike the Sunbeam Tiger and the AC Cobra, the engineers at Jensen decided they wanted to get in on this American-on-Brit action. But these guys weren’t interested in throwing a measly 289ci small block Ford at their stout grand touring coupe. No, the Interceptor was going to require something much more substantial: Big block power courtesy of Mother Mopar.

1966-1991-jensen-interceptor-10.jpgProduced from 1966 to 1976, the Jensen Interceptor terrorized the English countryside with either a 383ci or 440ci Chrysler big block motor mated to either a 4-speed manual or Chrysler’s bulletproof TorqueFlight automatic. 
In 1971, 232 Interceptor SP examples were built with the legendary “Six Pack” carburetor configuration, consisting of three 2-barrel carbs, which helped this beast produce a ground-thumping 390hp, making the SP the most powerful car Jensen would ever produce.

While it’s been more than 30 years since the last Interceptor rolled off Jensen’s assembly lines, word has it that the company is busy preparing a modern version of the Interceptor. While we wait to see what comes of this wonderful news, let’s take a moment to watch the 60s incarnation go toe-to-toe with a hopped-up fastback Mustang.

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