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Jensen Interceptor Revived

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On: Sat, Sep 24, 2011 at 11:11AM | By: Chris Weiss


Jensen Interceptor Revived

Lately, I've been getting a real lesson in automotive history. Brands that I've never necessarily heard of have been crawling out of the woodwork to introduce revived badges from years or decades ago. The latest is British marquee Jensen, which will be bringing a reinvented version of its Interceptor grand tourer to the forefront in the next few years.

While Jensen was originally a British marque, the name is now owned by Healey Sports Cars Switzerland Ltd. However, because Switzerland is better equipped to build watches and mountain transportation, the company will leave the engineering to the Brits, having hired CPP Global Holdings to design and build the car in the U.K.

The original Interceptor was built between 1966 and 1976. It was a four-seat grand tourer and was apparently something of a technological phenomenon, as it featured one of the market's first four-wheel-drive systems, as well as ABS and traction control.

The new Interceptor will plant an aluminum body onto an aluminum chassis. The car will be a modern interpretation of the original. From what we see from the rendering, the new Interceptor definitely recalls the fastback grand tourers of the 1960s while adding a longer, more modern cabin and narrow lights.

Brendan O'Toole, founder and co-owner of CPP, said of the car, "This work is at an advanced stage, and married to CPP's expert coachbuilding, craftsmanship and engineering skills, the new Interceptor will be an exceptional example of British automotive excellence."

No word on what will power the car, but it's a good bet that a V-8 will be used in accordance with Interceptor tradition. The original Interceptor used Chrysler V-8 engines.

The companies involved plan to debut the new Interceptor by late-2012 and get it to market by 2014. They haven't yet determined pricing or availability—outside of mentioning "ultra exclusivity. If you're interested, you can weigh in at www.jensensportscars.com/.

PRESS RELEASE

Cpp To Build The New Jensen Interceptor

An all-new Jensen Interceptor will be launched next year, after CPP Global Holdings was appointed to engineer, develop and build the new car by the brands' owners, Healey Sports Cars Switzerland Ltd (HSCS).

CPP, the British specialist automotive group, will finalise the new car's development in Coventry and manufacture it at a new production facility on Browns Lane from 2014. A team of Coventry-based design consultants employed by HSCS has completed the design of the new Interceptor, which has already gained significant customer interest.

The new Jensen Interceptor - echoing the four-seat grand tourer layout of the much-loved original built between 1966 and 1976 - is based on an all-new aluminium chassis and handcrafted aluminium body. The public unveiling of the Interceptor is planned for late 2012, with deliveries to customers beginning in 2014. Annual production numbers and pricing are yet to be confirmed, but will be fixed to ensure ultra-exclusivity. Expressions of interest can be registered on the website www.jensensportscars.com.

Brendan O'Toole, founder and co-owner of CPP, said: "I started my career by restoring bodies and components for classic British sports cars, so for CPP to take the lead role in reviving this iconic brand is very exciting for the business, and for me personally. The Jensen design team has respected and honoured the great heritage and attributes of the original Interceptor, while injecting a contemporary edge and advanced technologies that will ensure it appeals to the passionate, discerning motoring enthusiast of today.

"This work is at an advanced stage, and married to CPP's expert coachbuilding, craftsmanship and engineering skills, the new Interceptor will be an exceptional example of British automotive excellence," he said.

Liam Cardiff, director of Healey Sports Cars Switzerland, said: "CPP is the perfect partner to revive the iconic Jensen Interceptor. With the Jensen design team integrated into an organisation with much greater resources and broader expertise, our dream of seeing the Jensen and Interceptor badges once again adorning the bonnets of beautiful, modern, British-built GT cars has come closer to reality."

HSCS owns all assets, intellectual property, designs, and brand rights for the Jensen and Interceptor brands.


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