Stuart Turners' Interceptor

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Stuart Turners' Interceptor

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This is Stuart Turner's Interceptor mark 1, as featured in the current article in Octane magazine.

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Above photos by kind permission of Matt Howell / Octane Magazine


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Above photos by kind permission of Michael Whitehouse

This is what Stuart has to say about the car:

I bought it from Nutley and Sports & Prestige as a trade sale on 22/7/05 and my memories of that day are carrying a large fire extinguisher on the train journey to East Sussex, being picked up by Matthew Eade's attractive partner in a Porsche 911 and being unable to open the fuel filler cap and having to ask Matthew (who luckily only had to cross the road) to put a bit more pressure on the flimsy key. Needless to say, I've had lots of practice at opening the flap since.

Some history of the car: it was originally owned by a lady called Irene Primrose Bracegirdle who I believe was in her 60's when she bought it new. Must have been some lady! Subsequently owned by a Dr Robert Clarke who bought it in 1987 after visiting a mansion near Menai Bridge. The letter to the subsequent owner described how he and a friend had a look round an old house up for sale and the octogenarian chap showed them round the premises to find the ball room had been converted into large garage containing 3 Mercedes and the Jensen. On seeing the visitor's interest in the Jensen the owner said it had been his late wife's car (who had died 8 years earlier) and that he'd sell it for £4,000. Following purchase, the new owner sent it to Sturdy and Lowe who recommissioned it. Long time first ownership and a caring second owner helping to maintain its originality.

To this day the car has a tax disc holder advertising J Bracegirdle Commercials of 16 Stockport Road, Altringham, Cheshire - which I assume relates to the original owners. Sadly there was no reply to my enquiries at the original address - but I remain keen to know of the original owners.

Fast forward to April 2008 and I picked the car up from Colin Holley of CH Autos who carried out a fantastic job, as always, on the bodywork. A testament to his work, bar stone chips from enjoying driving it, the bodywork remains as it left Colin's hands.

The car is my 5th Interceptor. I always wanted a Mk3 but many years ago I spotted a Mk1 which had been brought back from South Africa - and bought it despite it breaking down on test. Following which I was hooked on the relative simplicity of the earlier Interceptor. I sold the SA one as it needed lots of mechanical work (being bodged with Nissan steering rack, telescopic dampers welded to the trailing edge of the kingpin front suspension). What a fool. Should have kept it. Subsequently bought another Mk 1 from Norfolk which was a great car - only to part-ex it for a motor home. Driving back from Gloucester in a diesel transit remains a low point in my driving memory.

The 2 other Jensens were incomplete. One now rebuilt by someone else and I notice currently for sale abroad. The other, bought as a breaker......which I couldn't bring myself to destroy. Now owned by Paul McIhenney who intends to restore it.
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Wow. Just simply, wow. Beautiful.
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Beautiful. Apart from the driver in the 3rd shot.

I think the Interceptor is shown at its best in these shots, especially burbling around a quiet city centre at night.
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VFK44 wrote:Beautifuk. Apart from the driver in the 3rd shot.
I did wonder if Stuart should have bought one with a sunroof when I saw that :D

Colin Holley is just finishing off Stuart's FF, so hopefully he will have the car back in a couple of months, they will make a fantastic pair :D
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I think a new word has been invented.
I shall definitely use it under the right circumstances.
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Result of trying to use Forum at the same time as preparing dinner. I have modified my comment but you can still see my neologism quoted in Zac's response. :oops:
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VFK44 wrote: I have modified my comment but you can still see my neologism quoted in Zac's response. :oops:
Good old Zac - I'm forever grateful to him.
I've used my new word twice so far and I think I'm in with a chance :wink:
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But I hardly know you Barrie :shock:
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More suited to this gent's style, Barrie!
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A truly lovely car :D
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Barrie wrote:...
I've used my new word twice so far and I think I'm in with a chance :wink:
Twice within 18 hours ... RESPECT, old man.

Back to topic:

The MkI Interceptor really is one of the best looking Jensens ever. And yours is one of the smartest looking ones, Stu. Chapeau.
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Thank you guys for your kind comments.

It's Colin Holley who deserves all the accolades for his meticulous restoration of the car back in 2008.

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Fantastic looking car, and am really jealous, not so much for the car, but for the numberplate. My initials are KMB and I'm struggling to buy one of these great machines, then come across this one which by rights should be mine. Perhaps one day!!

I'll get there soon, (owning a Jensen) but I have to say credit goes to all, including past owners of this vehicle, that it is in such good condition, even if it is way beyond my budget.
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