1965 Jensen Interceptor P66 prototype
Is the Interceptor the most famous American-engined British musclecar of them all? Could be. It certainly ticks the Yankee bent-eight box with a 6276cc Chrysler V8 under the bonnet. And if you are thinking the “Interceptor” on show on the Cartier lawn is nothing at all like the Interceptor we know and love, you’d be right. The convertible prototype was rejected in favour of the Touring of Italy designed coupe with its trademark wraparound glass rear. Only one thing stayed the same: the American V8!
1966 Jensen Interceptor Vignale
After Jensen rethought the design of its new Interceptor for 1966, Carrozzeria Touring came up with the an entirely new and modern design for a high performance grand tourer. Great design, lavish spec – including the world’s first “theatre-dimming” interior light! – and impressive ride and handling were all perfect partners for Chrysler’s 6.2-litre V8. The earliest bodies – and the car on show is the earliest of all, being the first production example – were built by Vignale in Italy before coming back to West Bromwich.