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Remembering the 1972 Jensen Interceptor

1972 Jensen Interceptor

The 1972 Jensen Interceptor is one of the most unique cars to ever come along, even by today's standards. There are a plethora of reasons that this car is remembered with fondness. As a matter of fact, collectors can't wait to get their hands on a car like this and it's easy to understand why. If you're curious to learn more about this unique looking, one-of-a-kind example of an automobile, then it's time to take a closer look. By the time you finish reading this article, you're probably going to have a desire to go out and find one of these cars for yourself. Beware, you’d better have plenty of cash on you if you decide to do that because a car like this is not going to come cheap.

A Perfect Combination of Refinement and Power

There are a lot of reasons that car gurus and everyday people alike love this particular car, not the least of which is the fact that it serves as a near-perfect combination of refined style and raw power. The truth of the matter is that this car is going to get your attention the minute you lay eyes on it because it doesn't look quite like anything else on the road and it never has. It was designed during the early 1970s to look like popular cars coming out of Italy. As a result, it has a very unique design that almost makes it look like a cross between a classic Porsche and an English motor car. Speaking of English cars, it has the refinement of the best grand touring car that England has to offer, up to and including an interior designed almost exclusively in English leather.

Making the trifecta, the car has an engine that was frequently used in American muscle cars, a massive V8 that's capable of generating enough horsepower to curl your teeth in all the best ways possible. When you put all of that into a single automobile, you know that you're going to have something special. After all, it's not like these types of vehicles come along every day. It was special when it was built during the 1970s. Over time, it's only become even more special because cars themselves have become more and more like cookie cutter versions of the exact same thing. They may have a different name plate attached to them, but most of the cars that are made today look almost exactly alike and have many of the same performance characteristics. It's genuinely difficult to find anything that makes the current automobile stand out from the crowd. That makes this car even more desirable than it was during the 1970s because that's all it has ever done is stand out.

The Car That Has It All

It's been 50 years since this car originally became available. During that time, it has captured the hearts and minds of virtually every person that has ever seen one. One of the most unique things about this particular automobile is the fact that it's a coupe, yet it actually has enough room to seat four people. If you've tried getting four people in one of the coupes manufactured by today's standards, good luck to you. It's almost impossible to get a bag of groceries in the so-called backseat of a modern-day coupe. This was a car that looked sporty, yet maintained some genuine functionality from a practical standpoint, something that modern-day automobiles stopped doing many years ago. It's also worth noting that if you really want to get your hands on one of these cars, where the steering wheel is on the right hand side, they're not all that difficult to find. For those of you that prefer a car that's properly designed with the steering wheel where it should be, this is definitely a major advantage.

Limited Availability Equals Popularity

Is it true to say that everything that's only available in limited quantities is automatically more popular? Of course not. However, it is very true in this particular case. Aside from the fact that the car is an outstanding example of automotive innovation, the thing that really makes this particular car so special is the fact that Jensen's overall popularity was short-lived. As a matter of fact, the automaker had only come on the scene a few years prior, in 1966. By the time the Interceptor came around in 1972, most people would have easily agreed that the company was at its prime. However, it wouldn't last long. In fact, the company stopped making automobiles in 1976. Although they came back many years later, it was never quite the same. Since they didn't really reach their maximum level of popularity until the early 1970s, it's sometimes hard to understand why they weren't capable of staying in the game for far longer than they actually did. However, all of this only serves to make the 1972 Jensen Interceptor even more popular. Today, it is widely regarded as one of the best British automobiles to ever grace the roadways and it's highly sought-after, both for its remarkable engineering and design and because of the fact that they're getting more and more scarce with every passing year.

These days, a car like this is likely to run you about $75,000 to $80,000 if you want to purchase one in mint condition. Considering the price of some collectible automobiles, it could be a lot worse. Most people that purchase these cars today do so in order to make them part of their collection. They practically dote on them as if they were their children. That being said, there's nothing that says you can't buy one of these cars and make it your daily driver. After all, isn't that what it was designed for in the first place, to be enjoyed at every opportunity? One thing is certain, if you have one of them or you manage to get your hands on one at some point in the future, you definitely won't regret it.

Benjamin Smith

Written by Benjamin Smith

Benjamin Smith is one of the managing editors of Moneyinc. Ben's been focusing on the auto and motorcycle sector since 2005. He's written over 1000 articles in the space and continues to learn about it each day. His favorite car is "any Bugatti" and he's a die hard Harley Davidson fan.

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