The Truth About Cars » Jensen http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 05:18:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.1 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » Jensen http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Junkyard Find: Jensen Interceptor http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/junkyard-find-jensen-interceptor/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/junkyard-find-jensen-interceptor/#comments Wed, 15 Jan 2014 14:00:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=699777 04 - Jensen Interceptor Down On The Junkyard - Picture Courtesy of Murilee MartinAs many of you know from having read my 1965 Impala Hell Project series, I spent many of my formative junkyard-prowling years in Southern California. San Francisco Bay Area junkyards, 400 miles to the north, are pretty good— you’ll find many mostly-rust-free examples of old British sports cars, interesting edge-case Italian machines, and ancient American steel up there— but the self-serve wrecking yards of Los Angeles, Orange, and Riverside Counties are so numerous and so vast that you’re guaranteed to find some great stuff. I spent a couple of days in Los Angeles last week, and here’s what I found at the very first junkyard I visited.
11 - Jensen Interceptor Down On The Junkyard - Picture Courtesy of Murilee MartinThat’s right, the first Jensen Interceptor I’ve ever seen in a wrecking yard. Not only that, it’s a pink Interceptor! OK, maybe it was red before decades in the Southern California sun and smog did their work, but it’s pink now.
01 - Jensen Interceptor Down On The Junkyard - Picture Courtesy of Murilee MartinThis Chrysler big-block is most likely the sixth or seventh engine to be crudely swapped into this car during its long and no doubt painful downward spiral to basket-caseness.
09 - Jensen Interceptor Down On The Junkyard - Picture Courtesy of Murilee MartinThe Interceptor came with a nice limited-slip Dana 44 differential, and of course some truck guy grabbed that right away.
18 - Jensen Interceptor Down On The Junkyard - Picture Courtesy of Murilee MartinI don’t know enough about Interceptors to tell you what model year we’re looking at here, and I couldn’t find any VIN or build tags on the thing. The holes where side marker lights once lived suggests a ’68 or newer, while the dash seems to be of the pre-1974 type. You can’t go by the single-4-barrel engine, for obvious reasons, so I’m going to leave this debate to the 17 members of the Global Jensen Jihad.
17 - Jensen Interceptor Down On The Junkyard - Picture Courtesy of Murilee MartinI thought about taking some of these Lucas fuses, to put into 24 Hours of LeMons Camaros as a bad-driving penalty, but I’m not that cruel.
05 - Jensen Interceptor Down On The Junkyard - Picture Courtesy of Murilee MartinIt’s rough, and the glass is probably the only thing of any value left on the car. Still, one of my all-time favorite Junkyard Finds!

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Vladimir Antonov: Screw Spyker, I’m Building A Jensen http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/vladimir-antonov-screw-spyker-im-building-a-jensen/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/vladimir-antonov-screw-spyker-im-building-a-jensen/#comments Tue, 20 Sep 2011 14:39:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=411870

As the Saab/Spyker/Swedish Automobile mess falls deeper into chaos and hopelessness, Saab’s erstwhile knight-in-shining-armour, Vladimir Antonov has been slowly backing away from the ugly scene. Indeed, his firm CPP Holdings was supposed to buy Swedish Automobile’s Spyker Supercar division, but that deal has been on hold while Swedish Automobile concentrates on keeping Saab alive. And though the Birmingham Post reports that CPP still plans on buying Spyker eventually, it’s clear that having washed his hands of the Saab situation, Antonov is looking elsewhere in order to secure a Victor Muller-free future. But could Britain really offer a loaded young Russian an appealing sportscar brand to sink his hard-earned (or not, whatever) cash into? Anyone know what TVR is up to? Actually, it seems Antonov has gone one better than TVR, and has secured the right to make an “all-new” Jensen Interceptor from the ex-Jaguar plant at Browns Lane, Coventry. Does it get any more wealthy-Russian-trying-to-make-his-mark-on-the-British-sportscar-scene than that? According to Autocar, the new Interceptor will feature aluminum chassis and bodywork, with an attendant “ultra-exclusive” pricetag, and will be shown sometime next year ahead of a 2014 rollout. Because, oligarch.

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