The Classic Sale At Silverstone Festival 25th - 27th August 2023

The Classic Sale at Silverstone Festival 2023 Cars 274 Registration: JEA 78 Chassis No.: INT-293454 Estimate: £30,000 - £40,000 Specialist: Harry Fox-Edwards Telephone No: 07398 872032 Lot 749 1953 Jensen Interceptor The first-generation Jensen Interceptor was launched at the Earl’s Court Motor Show in 1949, with the saloon version beginning production in 1951, the second creation from the esteemed West Bromwich firm, Jensen Motors. During its production life from 1950 to 1957, a total of just 88 cars were built, 32 convertibles, 52 saloons, and four Sedancas, with even fewer than the initial 88 surviving today. As a luxury car, the Interceptor featured a lightweight hand-built aluminium alloy body over a steel chassis with an ash frame. Built on an Austin A70 chassis with styling by the talented Eric Neale, this new model was powered by the potent Austin 3,993cc straight-six engine from the Austin A125 Sheerline limousine. Impressively, at the time and to this day, the Interceptor gained the distinction of being one of the few four-seaters capable of achieving 100mph. With its smooth and comfortable ride, coupled with refinement at higher speeds, the car was placed in the same league as the glamorous luxury vehicles of the time like the Bentley R Type, Bristol 401, and Jaguar MK VII but very few were ever sold. Surprisingly, despite its outstanding performance and opulence, the Jensen Interceptor remained competitively priced at around £2,500 compared to its prestigious counterparts from Bristol and Bentley. This unique blend of top-class driving experience and exceptional value contributed to its enduring allure. A rare gem, this recently restored, matching numbers, 1953 Interceptor Saloon is a sight to behold. Purchased around 25-years ago by our vendor as a running and driving project, to be restored when the time was right. Unlike most projects that never quite get off the ground, this Interceptor bucked the trend, came out of storage in 2018, began its restoration and, four years later, the car was completed. The car was originally purchased by a friend of our vendor as part of a duo, a convertible and the saloon you see here. With his friend having having his heart set on the convertible, our vendor agreed to purchase the saloon. Unfortunately, the convertible was sold in 2021 due to the owner’s passing, offering a sentimental incentive to our vendor to finally complete the saloon. The restoration efforts were comprehensive and meticulous. In 2019, the car underwent a full respray in its original red, while the cream leather interior was reupholstered in 2021, reinstating the timeless colour combination and appeal, truly capturing the essence of the era. Mechanically, the car matches its cosmetic condition, delivering an impressive driving experience. Both the engine and 4-speed manual gearbox function smoothly, benefiting from an older refurbishment, assisted by a new stainless steel exhaust system with the rate of retardation aided by upgraded front brakes. Offered in exquisite condition and accompanied by a heartwarming backstory, this Interceptor is now in search of a new home. Embrace the opportunity to own a rare piece of Jensen’s history, as this remarkable classic awaits its next chapter with an enthusiastic owner. A fabulously wholesome, rare and restored example of Jensen’s original Interceptor. One of just 52 saloons built, on offer from 25-years ownership. More Details Lot 749 Bid On Lot 749