1974 Jensen Interceptor III J -Series 7.2 litre
A fascinating, stylish and relatively cheap and unloved '70s GT car
Leather on driver's seat beginning to crack.
Minor electrical gremlins (since sorted)
Very silky and torquey 7.2 litre V8.
Excellent visibility all round.
Characterful interior with lots of dials.
Good handling and ride on motorways and A roads.
The big V8 runs hot in the cramped engine bay, but overheating problems can easily be addressed. Big challenge is to reduce ambient temperature in engine bay. Ceramic-coated headers are an expensive possibility. A louvred bonnet helps. Can cook dinner in the engine bay after a run on a hot day.
Electrical system quite complex and needs to be checked thoroughly before contemplating purchase.
Raffish styling, beautiful to some, awkward to others.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th December, 2005
I agree with the sentiments expressed. As the owner of a '72 Mk3 the car has all the attributes of a similarly aged Aston Martin, but at a far less cost of ownership. It can be easily maintained by the owner and all parts are obtainable, especially the American drive train parts. Just make sure you get one that isn't rusted or been poorly restored. Extensive rust on these cars is an expensive problem to rectify. In summary a very usable super GT in the classic mould.
I have owned a 73 for 20 years. It is not a perfect car, but with effort can be dramatically improved. A redeeming quality is that the engine is still raced, and therefore new upgrades are still being introduced and are relatively inexpensive. A new Holley 650 CFM carburetor runs beautifully, and a new MSD ignition control and distributor totally eliminate starting and running gremlins. Upgrade the alternator to 100 amps and change out the fans to 4 smaller fans to double the airflow at a reasonable power demand, add a thermal switch and allow a pair of fans to run until the engine cools, and the heat issues go away. Then enjoy the ride and the sound of the pipes! You can always build horsepower to over 400 hp if you crave speed.