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by mikebyrne » Mon Jul 01, 2019 7:55 pm

Has anyone noticed how many early 4 litre Interceptors there are for sale at the moment ?
Four or five in UK and one in Holland I believe.
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by Craig-H » Mon Jul 01, 2019 10:19 pm

mikebyrne wrote:Has anyone noticed how many early 4 litre Interceptors there are for sale at the moment ?
Four or five in UK and one in Holland I believe.
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No... A clue where might be appreciated by some.
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by RAP72 » Tue Jul 02, 2019 5:46 am

Craig-H wrote:
mikebyrne wrote:Has anyone noticed how many early 4 litre Interceptors there are for sale at the moment ?
Four or five in UK and one in Holland I believe.
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No... A clue where might be appreciated by some.


https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/list/23/
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by Han Kamp » Thu Jul 04, 2019 10:05 am

mikebyrne wrote:Has anyone noticed how many early 4 litre Interceptors there are for sale at the moment ?
Four or five in UK and one in Holland I believe.
Mike.

Amazing indeed to see that many for sale. I know of another restored convertible for sale in Holland. I posted photos in the early cars section a few years ago. This is #80.
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by MikeWilliams » Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:20 pm

So far as I can see, the one at £66,000 and the one at £79,000 are the same car. The one in Holland c£38,000 has been for sale for at least a year. One at £75,000 has been there a couple of months.

All of which suggests to me that the asking prices are too high.

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by Joerg » Mon Jul 08, 2019 9:49 pm

Mike is unfortunately right.
The Early Interceptor is not a very popular and with the standard 4 liter a bit lazy to drive.
But it gets a lot of attention if you arrive in one.....
112-2371 was my first one, others followed :wink:
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by MikeWilliams » Tue Jul 09, 2019 7:07 am

Joerg sums it up well and the Interceptor has been unpopular for as long as I can remember, and I've had Jensens for 43 years.

But I think things are changing with big money being spent on restoring cars and those for sale are mainly in better condition than you saw them years ago.

But, there is a limit and you can get some very desirable cars for less than £75,000. I guess we can't win - price low and we moan that people don't appreciate Jensens. Price high and we say they are over priced!

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by mikebyrne » Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:04 pm

The 4 litre Interceptor may have been a bit forgotten in the past, but I have always had a liking for them, due to having driven a convertible version many years ago.
They handle very nicely, steer easily and have quite a good turn of speed if the need arises. An ideal touring car. The one I had the pleasure of driving was often to be seen in the Norfolk area towing a vintage caravan. Definitely a car which should have the wickerwork picnic basket, with accessories ,in the boot permanently.
Only drawbacks with these cars is the problem with access to engine and radiator, which for removal I am informed that the front wings etc. have to be removed first.
The other problem is the composite structure chassis, which by now must be getting thin on a lot of these cars and has sounded the death knell for several of them.
Some were not fitted with the Laycock overdrive and according to Colin Riekie, were not adaptable without a lot of alteration to the chassis frame.

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by Roh » Wed Jul 10, 2019 4:06 am

Any idea of how many of these there are in Australia?
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by John Staddon » Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:24 am

Two, that I know of, oddly they are numbers 21 and 22.

Here's number 21, now fitted with a Ford 4.1 litre straight six and disc brakes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKpXAUXFlzA

No 22 was originally exported to Borneo and is in Canberra now, it's a restoration project.

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by Han Kamp » Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:22 am

John Staddon wrote:Two, that I know of, oddly they are numbers 21 and 22.

Here's number 21, now fitted with a Ford 4.1 litre straight six and disc brakes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKpXAUXFlzA

No 22 was originally exported to Borneo and is in Canberra now, it's a restoration project.

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There are 5 early Int's in Oz I think, the one below I do not know the chassisnr. of. My notes are in Holland and I am in S.France now so cannot check.

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by John Staddon » Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:23 am

Hi Han

That's No 22

No 18 is recorded as being in Australia till around 1990, but I think it is in the UK now. I don't know of any others in Australia but I am not the early cars Registrar and I don't have a register, or years of research by other people, to look at so I would be interested in any further info you have, when you get a chance to find it.

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by Han Kamp » Fri Jul 12, 2019 5:07 pm

John, I won't be back in Holland until late Sep., sorry but I am sure Mike Williams knows...
Over to you Mike.
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by MikeWilliams » Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:42 pm

I don't know everything Han and I may be out of date but so far as I am aware those in Oz are: 11, 21, 22 and 51.
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by MikeWilliams » Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:47 pm

No.18 in indeed back in the UK Han, and for sale here.

https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C1091974

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