Chassis No: 115/3079

Engine No. E1244/15D

Built : 19 Nov 1968

Original Registration: 85 GBB

Original Colour:    Metallic Fawn

                           Beige Interior


Original Equipment:

  1. *Power Assisted Steering

  2. *Voxson Radio/ Cartridge Player

  3. *Passenger Headrest

Current Colour: ***********

Current Engine No: E**********

Current Registration: *********

Current Mileage: ***********

Mileage Record:

*****    -   *****    ************

*****    -   *****    ************

*****    -   *****    ************

Current Owner since:

2006    -   to date.

Previous Owners:

****    -  *****  *************** 

****    -  *****  *************** 

Club Area:

Past work.

2005 - 2006.

2006 - 2007.

2007 - 2008.

2008 - 2009.

2009 - 2010.

Future Projects:

Known on the Forum as **** *****

CURRENT HISTORY Page  - for 115/3079 - MCY 105G

JOC Membership  Number    ****

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Current Owners Comments (as at *** 2***)

Dear Steve,
Attached is a picture of 115 3079. I am sure I can find a much better one if
you prefer.
I have owned the car for nearly five years and have averaged about 6000
miles a year in it.
It was originally Metallic Fawn (the current paint I have is the closest
match I could get but is clearly not right) and on a different plate.
I bought it from a chap in Staines who didn't have much interest to be
honest (he was a yank fan and into the engine rather than the car), but he
did sort the cooling out.
I have done quite a lot to it, but in terms of modification just uprated the
Carter to an Edelbrock.
Not sure what other stuff you would like to know, just drop me a line and
let me know.

Best wishes


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Current Owners Comments (as at Jan 2013)

I bought my Mk1 Interceptor in 2006. I will never forget the date because it was a month after my first-born, Charlotte, came into the world. As we left the hospital I had promised the missus a family hatchback and it's fair to say this wasn't quite what she was expecting!

I checked the car out with former colleague - and ex-Interceptor owner - Dave Richards. It ticked the road legal and cheap boxes, but was pretty grotty in most respects.
The seller – a fan of big-engined Yank tanks – wasn't really interested in the car as much as the engine, but his experience with huge V8s meant that he had sorted the cooling out nicely: one common Jensen problem I didn't have to worry about then.
I paid £3500 and pressed the car into daily driver use straight away while waiting for the problems to emerge. Naturally, they were plentiful and didn't hesitate to make themselves known.

The biggest issue though has been the gearbox. At least it picked the right spot to give up the ghost the first time, outside Rejen when I was down there for a visit. While the box was sent off for rebuild, Jason and John tackled some of the other issues including the rear springs and brakes. These were jobs I would usually (try to) tackle myself, but seeing as the car was already there, and beached, it made sense.

When I picked it up, the Jensen was more together than it has ever been in my ownership.

Back into daily driver use, plus a few upgrades (Edelbrock carb, Becker Mexico, rear seatbelts for the kid/s, better Rostyles, Michelin WRXs etc) and for six months (with no modern to use) it was the family car for all occasions.

Sadly it was on one of those occasions less than a year later that the box let go again. After visiting friends in Milton Keynes, it started flaring and then lost third completely. It was a very long and very noisy journey back to London in second. Another rebuild beckoned. The actual rebuild was done for free but other costs (transport/removal etc) still cost me knocking on £500.
To skew the timescale a bit, that's why, when the second rebuild also failed, I had had enough. Local Mk1 owner Steve Hodder had a spare Torqueflite in his garage. It was a bit of an unknown quantity, but for not much money at all, it was worth the risk. I took a day off to fit it with dab-hand mechanic Colin Mullan and since then no problems. Cross fingers. My Jensen has always been on the scrofulous side of tatty, largely because of a combination of my lack of funds and constant use of it.
So it was clear that when I was told I was getting married in the South West of France in the summer of 2010, it was far too scruffy to be a wedding car. Yes, that's right: one being informed of the wedding (well I had proposed five years earlier or something so it was only fair), my first thought was contriving the trip down and back in the Jensen! Easyjet would have been a huge amount cheaper and easier, but…


The main problem was the paint, but seeing as the Interceptor would be receiving yet another Metallic Fawn blow-over (some earlier soda-blasting had revealed countless previous) myself and a few colleagues starting hacking away with the car with power tools to sort out some of the bodywork.
What we found was depressing and reassuring in equal measure. Where it had gone it has really gone, but for the most part it was unsightly but solid.
I got the panels from Robeys, some cash towards the work from Performance Direct, which gives away money to support such madcap motoring adventures and in Oli Cotterill found a top bloke who would do the work at the right rate. Let's be clear, my car has always been run on a shoestring. I know that is wrong and frowned upon by many, but we don't all have pots of cash and a full restoration was never on the cards.
Oli did a great job in the time and for the budget I gave him, an the constraints I put on him (ie front and rear glass had to stay in) and while the car was with him I despatched (most of) the interior to the Furniture Clinic for a refresh. Eventually, both car and chairs came back to me. My workmates helped me reassemble most of it and I forewent my biennial trip to the Le Mans Classic to refit the interior.
It has to be said that, it may all have just been a superficial veneer of respectability, but the finished car looked superb. The final touch was to paint the headlights a very Gallic yellow.


I was travelling down to the Pyrenees with my best man Rowland and after a slight hiccough outside the house (failure to start due to a dodgy connection on the solenoid), we breezed down to Portsmouth, took the ferry to Santander and settled into the bar. Some 24 hours later we arrived in Spain, drove north to Biarritz and took a huge right to skirt along the Pyrenees before crossing the mountains into Ariege.


The French loved the Jensen and it was the star of the show (except my wife, obviously) as it ferried us all over the place for two weeks, and, of course, carried us to and from the church. The family was staying on for a bit, so I headed home on my own and enjoyed a day of faultless Autoroute cruising and a day of Brittany back roads to get back to St Malo and my ferry home. Weird to think that that was two whole years ago. The deterioration of the car inside and out since then is pretty depressing, but inevitable if you want to run an Interceptor in all weathers all year round. At least I am just prolonging the jobs list rather than slowly ruining a £40k restoration. 
It is now far scruffier (again) than I am comfortable with, but on the other hand I would hate to have a car that was so pristine that it limited my use of it. And the Interceptor continues to do about 6000 miles a year.

There are issues of course - again, inevitable with my 'style' of make-do-and-use ownership - but the Interceptor has just (January 2013) passed another MoT and this year I promise to at least get it back to the condition it was in when I headed off to France. 
It ain't pretty, but it's a very solid old bus and the prospect of having to part with it (to finance life or because I can no longer afford to keep it on the road because problems surpass my budget) is as depressing as it is ever-looming.

Best wishes


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