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aostling
11-06-2011, 06:32 PM
A Sunday morning drive took me to far-north Scottsdale. Coming out of a coffee shop I saw that a sports car had parked behind my Forester. Its insignia read Jensen Interceptor III. This was the first time I'd seen one.

It has a 7.2 liter V-8 in that compact chassis. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jensen_Interceptor What other sports car in the early 1970s would have been a match for this?


http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u183/aostling/Interceptorrearquarter.jpg


http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u183/aostling/Interceptorfrontquarter.jpg

elf
11-06-2011, 06:34 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jensen_Interceptor[/url] What other sports car in the early 1970s would have been a match for this?



For ugliness or speed :p

aboard_epsilon
11-06-2011, 06:39 PM
They are not so ugly ..you just got to take the pictures at the right angles

it's a Brit car with an American engine ..i suppose it has the edge on an American car with an American engine ..handling wise, and level of comfort for the time period .

it was a right old bitsa though ...Triumph stag steering rack ...components from Ford transit ..Bedford vans, Ford cortina ...Jaguar.

all the best.markj

aostling
11-06-2011, 06:47 PM
They are not so ugly ..you just got to take the pictures at the right angles


I thought its lines were very attractive. I do wish now that I'd backed off and taken the photo at a longer focal length.

The paint job is a bit much. I assume it did not leave the factory in those Halloween colours.

aboard_epsilon
11-06-2011, 06:52 PM
what do you mean ...in the 70's tangerine was "THE"in colour" ..don't you remember the expression..."what colour is it ..tangerine-mannnn"



all the best.markj

sasquatch
11-06-2011, 07:13 PM
Wonder what that back window is worth?

Reminds me of an AMC ??? Gremlin ?? back window.

Toolguy
11-06-2011, 07:18 PM
To me it looks like a cross between a Javelin and a Gremlin.

Boucher
11-06-2011, 07:43 PM
The Studebaker Avante (sp?) was surprisingly fast. In 1967 crusing north from Phoenix at about 90mph one past me so fast it was startling.
It was ugly but it would run.

john hobdeclipe
11-06-2011, 07:58 PM
It looks like a slightly scaled down AMC Pacer.

gwilson
11-06-2011, 08:21 PM
Stretch Pacer limousine!!:)

rbertalotto
11-06-2011, 08:22 PM
Four Wheel Drive.......Chrysler V8 Hemi........Fastest car in its day "Zero to 100mph and back down to zero"...........Amazing brakes in its day. Amazing car even by today's standards.

dp
11-06-2011, 08:25 PM
Olds 442, Pontiac GTO and Firebird, Chevy Camero and Corvette, Ford Mustang, and the Plymouth Baracuda come close. Tricked out cars would be the Ford Cobra and Shelby Mustang. Big block hot cars were made by Ford, GM, and Chrylser. All the US models were outclassed by true sport cars built overseas but were a lot of fun to take to the drag strip.

RussZHC
11-06-2011, 08:46 PM
Some of similar vintage had little "competition" as designs were unique then...what happens when say a British company decides to allow some Italian styling house carte blanche and then meddles a bit with the results...however you can see a bit of evolution from an earlier Jensen

http://www.oldclassiccar.co.uk/60_jensen541rear.htm

from the same site, not sure this would be considered "classic" by many: http://www.oldclassiccar.co.uk/70_alfaromeogtv_2.htm

some SAABs of a slightly later vintage were pretty ugly from the 3/4 rear view as well and then you had the whole wedge shape thingie of which many, IMO, were just triangles w wheels...add to all that the general evolution...not sure how many of those under 25 say would think much of the early 240z shape...

Bill736
11-06-2011, 09:13 PM
I remember the Jensen well. They mated a powerful American Chrysler drivetrain with British and European body and styling. And you're right, the car was very nicely styled , in my opinion. The styling had what I would call " beauty with restraint", something that typically comes from British and European sources.

A.K. Boomer
11-06-2011, 09:23 PM
That thing is an abortion - i'll go with the javelin front end and pacer back end crowd - and god help u when u get to the turns, I mean what are those ? 70 series tires?

but thanks for sharing :p

TGTool
11-06-2011, 10:37 PM
and then you had the whole wedge shape thingie of which many, IMO, were just triangles w wheels...add to all that the general evolution...not sure how many of those under 25 say would think much of the early 240z shape...

That would be the IN period for the flying door stop? :D

Peter S
11-06-2011, 11:22 PM
I remember them from when I was a school boy, there used to be a few around Auckland. I always thought they were very nice looking, and still look good today. They are quite large, not really a sports car, but a powerful roomy executive car? Those who are critical should perhaps wait until they see one....

I seem to recall that Top Gear tested one recently - from memory there is a UK company that is re-building them for 'today's conditions'.

I also have memories of a four wheel drive Jenson (FF?) with similar styling.

bruto
11-07-2011, 12:03 AM
As to what other sports car of the time might have been a match for this, you might check out the Sunbeam Tiger, an earlier Jensen entry in which a Ford v8 was shoehorned into a little sports car. I knew someone back in the day who had one of these, and it was shockingly fast. Basically just an engine on wheels.

aostling
11-07-2011, 12:46 AM
As to what other sports car of the time might have been a match for this, you might check out the Sunbeam Tiger, an earlier Jensen entry in which a Ford v8 was shoehorned into a little sports car. I knew someone back in the day who had one of these, and it was shockingly fast. Basically just an engine on wheels.

I had a ride in one of these. It belonged to an engineer I worked with at Lockheed in 1985. Thanks for reminding me it was a Sunbeam – I was thinking it was a Triumph Tiger and could find no reference to it.

He blipped the throttle on El Camino, and I felt lots of g's for an instant.

Willy
11-07-2011, 12:53 AM
I remember the Jensen Interceptor quite well as I was lucky enough to get a ride in one in the early 70's.
The example in Allan's photos doesn't do it justice. Between the colors and angles in just doesn't look quite right. As he already mentioned, it definitely looks much better in the flesh.
I will admit that even though it looks much more subdued in this photo (http://www.australiaforeveryone.com.au/world/images/Index_Interceptor.gif) the rear glass was not my favorite stying point either.

But then one must remember that at the time of it's production everyone produced fastbacks with enormous expanses of glass. In retrospect the Interceptor's rear window was probably one of the smaller examples.

The particular example I had a ride in was powered by a Chrysler sourced 375 HP 440 ci engine. It was blindingly fast!
They only came with 'B' or 'RB' Chrysler engines, not Hemi's. Although with the under-rated 390 HP 6-pack 440 it was a match for anything at the time.

As far as cars that that it competed with, well it was in a niche of it's own.
With all wheel drive, anti-lock brakes, and traction control, it was ahead of it's time. Luxurious inside, it was more of a banker's hot rod/sports car.

Corvette was probably the closest, but it was aimed at a more sporty market segment.
The Cobra even more so.
The Sunbeam Alpine with Ford's small block, known as the Tiger, was aimed more at the British sports car guys that wanted to terrorize MG and Triumph drivers.

The car really was in a market by itself.

Black Forest
11-07-2011, 03:44 AM
The styling had what I would call " beauty with restraint", something that typically comes from British and European sources.


Hello, we are talking about cars here not the British women!

Georgineer
11-07-2011, 04:27 AM
As to what other sports car of the time might have been a match for this, you might check out the Sunbeam Tiger, an earlier Jensen entry in which a Ford v8 was shoehorned into a little sports car. I knew someone back in the day who had one of these, and it was shockingly fast. Basically just an engine on wheels.
I used to work on one of these at my uncle's garage in the early seventies, but they never let me drive it. I was called out to change a wheel one Saturday morning. The car was in a gravel car park, and the owner had obviously given it a bit too much welly - there was a stone about as broad and blunt as the end of my thumb forced right through the tread and casing. That's some power!

George

EVguru
11-07-2011, 04:32 AM
I used to work on an Intercptor for a friend of mine.

After a bit of development it would average 22mpg!

Before that 'Can you turn the engine off please, Sir? She's gaining on me!'

They were OK I suppose, but the Italian inspired styling doesn't quite make it all the way to the finish line.

How about an Iso?

http://isobizclub.com/yahoo_site_admin/assets/images/1965-L47-01_tif.14171758_std.jpg

http://good-wallpapers.com/pictures/10307/Iso%20Rivolta%20Daytona%201965.jpg

Circlip
11-07-2011, 05:16 AM
How can anyone from the nation that created the Ford Edsal critisize European design :rolleyes: :D

Regards Ian.

Black Forest
11-07-2011, 06:29 AM
Circlip, who are you referring to specifically?

Peter S
11-07-2011, 06:30 AM
As far as cars that that it competed with, well it was in a niche of it's own.
With all wheel drive, anti-lock brakes, and traction control, it was ahead of it's time. Luxurious inside, it was more of a banker's hot rod/sports car.

Willy, I am pretty sure the Interceptor was just rear wheel drive, the four wheel drive Jensens were a different model, from memory the FF?

Edit: found it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jensen_FF

Thruthefence
11-07-2011, 11:10 AM
Here's a link to the "New" Jenson Interceptor:

http://www.insideline.com/spyker/spykers-british-owner-will-build-new-jensen-interceptor-in-2014.html

Looks like it be rollin' on 24's,at least.

Spyker builds real cars, just not many of them.

http://www.spykercars.nl/?pag=18

madwilliamflint
11-07-2011, 11:33 AM
Reminds me rather perhaps more than it should of my old '79 buick skyhawk. Man I loved that car. push pedal, car go...fast.

spongerich
11-07-2011, 01:30 PM
I love 'em, but they're definitely a 70's classic.

Classic '70's Italian Styling.
Classic '70's overweight/underpowered American engine.
Classic '70's British build quality.

Peter S
11-07-2011, 03:43 PM
Top Gear looks at the Interceptor :)

http://www.topgear.com/uk/videos/jensen-interceptor-series-17-episode-5



Speaking of Chrysler-powered executive express-type cars, anyone recall the Facel Vega?

A lot more sporting was the Corvette-powered Bizzarrini. (He was involved with the Ferrari 250 GT etc).

Evan
11-07-2011, 05:50 PM
As to what other sports car of the time might have been a match for this, you might check out the Sunbeam Tiger,

I drove one of those occasionally back in the 60s. While it had plenty of power it had no way to put it on the road. Stomping the throttle from a standstill resulted in a block long series of black patches as the wheels hopped better than a kangaroo.

Speaking of fast cars from then the De Tomaso Mangusta was pretty fast. I saw one a a show in San Francisco back then.

Evan
11-07-2011, 05:58 PM
This is the De Tomasa Mangusta:

http://ixian.ca/pics9/mangusta.jpg

The Jensen does look a little better in more refined colours:

http://ixian.ca/pics9/jensen.jpg

However, the best of them all in my opinion is the original Ford GT-40. It still looks just as good now as it did then.

http://ixian.ca/pics9/gt40.jpg

Note that they did make 500 GT-40s so they would qualify as a street car.

Paul, you need to scale that Iso image to about half size.

Spin Doctor
11-07-2011, 06:11 PM
I love 'em, but they're definitely a 70's classic.

Classic '70's Italian Styling.
Classic '70's overweight/underpowered American engine.
Classic '70's British build quality.

Classic '70's Italian Styling. well when you are stamping or bending sheet metal that's .005" thick you better be able to get some really crisp lines.

Classic '70's overweight/underpowered American engine. maybe, but any moron with a third grade education could increase the BHP by 100% with out breaking a sweat

Classic '70's British build quality and electrical system. Come with three headlight settings. Dim, Flicker and Braille :eek:

Actually I always thought that the Jensens were pretty good looking in their day. Of course by todays standard they pretty much handled like a freight train with that Mopar big block up front