The Jensen Interceptor represents a beautiful coming together of different countries’ takes on the automobile. The unique 2+2 design was drawn up by Italy’s Carrozzeira Touring, the engine was provided by Chrysler and it was all dreamt up and bolted together by the British. As a result, the Interceptor had no problem winning over enthusiasts, whether they were fans of emotive Italian sports cars, American muscle or British grand tourers.
Jay Leno recently featured a 440 (7.2-liter) Chrysler V8-powered Interceptor on his weekly web show Jay Leno’s Garage. The Interceptor was initially sold with Chrysler’s 383 V8, however Jensen began offering the slightly more powerful 440 in 1971, which was the only engine offered in the car until it went out of production in 1974. The engine was paired with either a four-speed manual or three-speed Torqueflite automatic, the latter of which was installed on the car featured by Leno.
The Interceptor is a bit of an automotive oddball and seeing as though it’s following is much stronger in Europe than in the U.S., many North American car enthusiasts may not be familiar with some of the grand tourers quirks. If you want to learn more about the automotive oddity, you can listen and watch Leno and Interceptor owner Mark Halliday geek out over the 2+2 and the related all-wheel drive Jensen FF in the video embedded above.