Rare Rides: The 1965 Jensen P66 That Was Never Produced

Today’s Rare Ride will mark the third Jensen featured in this series. Both our prior Jensen examples were produced by the company in 1975, but for very different customers and at very different price points. The P66 seen here is one of just two prototypes ever produced, planned to launch an all-new line at Jensen. But what happened?

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The Fastest Cop Car is Not a Car

In September of last year, the Michigan State Police conducted their 2019 Model Year Police Vehicle Evaluations. The purpose of these tests is to provide objective performance data to the individual agencies who are making purchasing decisions for their divisions.

For the automakers, it’s an all-out race for pride in being the superior bad-guy chaser. Ford hands off the title from their own 2018 3.5-liter EcoBoost Police Interceptor AWD (Taurus) sedan to their 2019 Police Interceptor Utility 3.0L EcoBoost AWD Explorer SUV.

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Dodge Is Installing a 12.1-inch Touchscreen on Police Cars, but What's Next?

Dodge announced for its Charger Pursuit cars Friday an available 12.1-inch Uconnect touchscreen, which is five times larger than its 5-inch model available in some of its cars.

The 12.1-inch screen — which is only available on Charger cars for police for now — is meant to eliminate mounted laptops in the front seats of many police vehicles. The screen can be connected to a laptop in the trunk via ethernet cord, and can display functions such as lights, sirens, forward-mounted cameras and radio information.

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Junkyard Find: Jensen Interceptor

As 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.

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What Isn't Wrong With This Picture: The Last Of The Panther Interceptors Edition
Panther lovers will be sad to hear that this, the last of the black-and-white Crown Vic Interceptors, has gone down the line according to the Ford St Thomas…
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What's Wrong With This Picture: Stealth Fuzz Edition

You’re driving down the road at a spirited tempo when you see a big, black, tuned Taurus. No biggie, right?

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What's Wrong With This Picture: To Protect, Serve And Haul A Little Ass Edition
Ford’s new Taurus-based Interceptor will be available with the 3.5 liter Duratec, or the twin-turbo Ecoboost engine. Front wheel drive is standard, and…
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New Ford Police Interceptor Will Be Taurus-Based
When Ford announced that it would be building an “all-new” Police Interceptor model, speculation was rampant. At the time, we noted:GM went to Au…
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What's Wrong With This Picture: Cool Ber Alles Edition
Maybe Auto Bild missed the memo that police fleet Ford Crown Victorias have been called “ Interceptor” since 1992. Either way, they’re argu…
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Ford Announces "All New" Police Interceptor
GM surprised more than a few observers when it announced it would build a police-only Caprice model, based on the global RWD Chevy Lumina/ Holden Statesman.…
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