Kevin Birch's Interceptor

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Kevin Birch's Interceptor

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This is Kevin Birch's Interceptor.

Bought in Bordeaux and brought back to the UK, Kevin will be using the car to travel to Turin for the Interceptor's 50th Anniversary celebrations.
Along with Kevin and Paul McElhinney the car is now a YouTube star!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IF4hBObY5yM

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This is Kevin's story:
Basically I have wanted an Interceptor since I was about 6 years old. My mum came home from work with a bandaged finger, and explained that she got it caught in her boss's electric window, which I didn't understand as I thought all car windows wound up with a handle. Anyway move on a couple of months and I had to go to work with her, and she pointed out the green Interceptor, and I just fell in love.

Roll on 40 years and the yearning was still there, but now I was in a position to be able to buy one, albeit one at the bottom end of the price range, and struggled to find one within my budget. I then saw an advert for 115/3067, the advert went something like this; "MK1 Interceptor for sale, good running order, older restoration, on its holidays in France, but a UK registered car with 6 weeks MOT left, open to sensible offers, give it a go, you may get lucky".

I gave a low but reasonable offer, stating I could make a quick sale, hoping this would clinch it, but fully expecting him to tell me where to go. This was early July 2014, and I then got an e-mail back stating that if I could complete by the end of July, I had a deal.

By 23rd July it was on my drive after doing a 1400 mile round trip to Bordeaux in my Range Rover & trailer.

The car was pressed into service for its first show 4 weeks later in Wolverhampton town centre and I have not looked back.

It has had several local newspaper entries, advertising events, appeared on telly recently, promoting the history of West Bromwich, and even taken part in a corporate video to celebrate the company's 40th birthday.

Originally white with a blue interior, it has since been changed to dark metallic blue with a dark red interior. The last owner had started restoring the interior, after a previous owner had painted it white with what appeared to be 2-pack car paint. I finished restoring it, complete with replacing the veneer and finishing it off with an 8 track stereo and Voxson speakers.

It is has spent the past 5 months being checked over and worked on, for the 50th anniversary trip to Turin, and now am getting excited as well as nervous at what I (and my son Dan) have let ourselves in for.

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As bought in France ready for the journey home

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At Calais being dragged back to the UK

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In good company at the site of the Interceptor pub in West Brom

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Being filmed as part of a company birthday celebration.

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Some other photos

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Nice one Kevin.

Car looks good.

Yours is one of four Mark Ones on the trip to Turin. It will be good to get almost the whole history of Interceptors and FF's together. Just missing a Coupe and an S4.

See you soon.
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It's very handy having my erstwhile schoolfriend Kevin on my doorstep. Whenever I've needed an Interceptor for a media obligation he's always very willing. She's a very presentable old girl. Mind you when finances allow I'd repaint her white, with that red interior she'd look the nuts.
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Had the pleasure of meeting Kevin and his fantastic MK1 at Crich what a great combo - well deserved.
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You can tell from the pictures Kevin loves his Interceptor. And rightly so.

Good luck on the Turin trip Kevin - and to all those accompanying you.
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Kevin, take no notice of that Paul; he's got no taste. Dark blue with red interior is a lovely combination and it should stay that way. :wink:
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I've just looked at a photo of my ex-wife, I'm afraid Stephen's right.
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Thanks all for your comments, I'm really chuffed that my car has been chosen for car of the month.

If and when funds allow, I will get her resprayed, but which way to go. I do like the present colour scheme, although, I would like to return it back to white with a blue interior, even though I don't like white Interceptors, Eddie's Old English White/cream MK2 being the exception, as I love that car. Until then I will just enjoy driving and using it with all its little blemishes, and having a massive smile on my face whilst I'm doing it.
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Kevin Birch wrote:Thanks all for your comments, I'm really chuffed that my car has been chosen for car of the month.

If and when funds allow, I will get her resprayed, but which way to go. I do like the present colour scheme, although, I would like to return it back to white with a blue interior, even though I don't like white Interceptors, Eddie's Old English White/cream MK2 being the exception, as I love that car. Until then I will just enjoy driving and using it with all its little blemishes, and having a massive smile on my face whilst I'm doing it.
Hi Kevin. When we met on Saturday last I didn't realize I was in the presence of a "Car of the Month" man! :D Lovely to meet you and your car - Hope you really enjoy Turin.
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Top car, top man, well deserved car of the month.
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Well done Kevin, and well deserved. Your car behaved herself impeccably on the trip to Turin (and back) and I'm sure I'm right in saying the bond between you and her will be even greater. Its a very bold thing to drive your car 1000 miles from home knowing you have it all to do again, a big ask. We thought she look great, its difficult to change colours after a car has established history with the club as you almost have to start again, however whatever colour you decide upon you know that underneath beats the heart of a good reliable car.
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Nice to see the car in better health than when i saw it, as it was local to me, and the interior was interesting..
the red suits it well..
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