The Jensen Interceptor has been dead for almost 40 years, but a new, retro-styled sports car could revive the British nameplate in 2014.
CPP Global Holdings – the same firm that builds and will soon own Spyker Cars -- announced it will begin working on an all-new Interceptor next year along with Healey Sports Cars Switzerland, the present owner of the Jensen name. If all goes according to plan, a concept model should debut in 2012, and full-scale production could commence two years after.
Though the Interceptor name debuted on a 1950s-era Jensen, this new model takes its inspiration from the second-generation car, which was built between 1966 and 1976. The original was a large, attractive grand touring car, which blended Italian coachwork from Vignale with 383- or 440-cubic-inch Chrysler V-8s. Roughly 6400 examples were built before production ultimately ceased.
Previous attempts to revive the Interceptor name involved rebuilding old Interceptors with modern powertrain and components, but CPP’s venture starts with carte blanche. Though the Jensen name and the general form of the car is familiar, the design will be all-new from head to toe.
Specifications have yet to be released (of finalized, for that matter), but CPP envisions the car will use a unique aluminum chassis, aluminum bodywork, and will be hand-built within its facilities in Coventry, England. As was the case with its inspiration, the new Interceptor will still be a front-engine, four-passenger GT – but we’ve no idea as to what might power the new car. We’d love to see Chrysler SRT’s potent 6.4-liter V-8 underhood for nostalgia’s sake (or, for that matter, an all-wheel-drive version with the FF badge), but at this point, anything remains a possibility.
For the time being, CPP will only say that Interceptor pricing and production figures will be “fixed to ensure ultra-exclusivity.” If you’re ready to plead and pay your way to the front of the waiting list, visit www.jensensportscars.com for more information.
Source: CPP Global Holdings