British Love Letter to American Muscle


The Jensen Interceptor is a British love letter to the American muscle car written in 1966. The excellent styling was done by Carrozzeria Touring of (you guessed it) Italy, and the cars were assembled at Jensen’s plant near Birmingham. At the heart of this gentleman brawler lay a selection of Chrysler V8s ranging from 360-440 which were given brilliant designations such as TNT and Golden Commando. The Detroit-sourced power plants motivated the Interceptor’s rear wheels, or, in FF trim, all four of them. The Interceptor was one of the first four-wheel drive production cars, and by 1967 could also be had with anti-lock brakes and a traction control system.

Sadly, Jensen suffered the same fate as many of their competitors in the British automotive industry and folded in 1975. However, all was not lost. After a string of failed attempts by various owners through the 70s, 80s, and 90s, the Cropredy Bridge Garage began refurbishing old Interceptors with modern LS3 V8s out of the Corvette. In 2010 a group of investors set up Jensen International Automotive with the goal of providing CBG’s services on a larger scale. The car’s entire drivetrain was reworked and it now comes equipped with the 550 horsepower supercharged V8 out of a CTS-V. Going 174 mph in a car built in the 1960s will cost you £180,000.

Posted @Whippstagram on Instagram, Feb 24th 2016.

British Love Letter to American Muscle

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