Simon & Jo Letts Interceptor S

Simon & Jo Letts - Interceptor S
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Simon & Jo Letts Interceptor S

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In 2018, I saw how well Simon and Jo's car performed on a road trip and of how much less they had to re-fuel compared to the rest of us on the trip. I asked Simon to write a small piece on his Jensen pursuit, of their super car and to share some photos. Below is from Simon and Jo.

GKM473N left the Jensen factory on 20 September 1974 as an Interceptor Mark III with a white body, black vinyl roof and red interior. It re-emerged some thirty-eight years later as an Interceptor “S” with a new registration – JEN56N – and a metallic purple body (matched to my favourite tie) with a cream interior.

My first Jensen experience was as a nineteen-year-old, lucky enough to get a lift to a summer vacation job in an Interceptor. It certainly livened up the 18-mile drive from Stratford-on-Avon to Evesham each morning, and so it was not a hard decision to put a deposit down in May 2008 to book production slot 24, out of a scheduled 50, with V-Eight at Cropredy Bridge.

Little did I appreciate the tortuous journey that was ahead of me, but it was worth the four year wait and the anxiety of the demise of V-Eight once Jensen International Automation delivered the amazing car I have today, in March 2012.

With its General Motors LS3, 6.2l, V8 engine producing 430 bhp, a GM 4-speed electronic automatic transmission, upgraded suspension and brakes it is for all intents and purposes a modern car in a 45 year old body, and a joy to drive.

Now 12,000 miles later the highlight of my driving has been a road trip to the USA in June 2018 along with three other Interceptors and a CV-8. 2,000 miles of untroubled motoring with some exceptional fellow Jensenites (see JOC magazine 261 for the full write up). What next I hear you ask? New Zealand beckons….
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It’s a great car to drive, it’s how Jensen should have been had the technology been available in the 60’s and 70’s.
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During the USA trip, I have to admit I was a little jealous of Simon & Jo's fuel economy and, when my old air-con broke down in 100 degree F heat, jealous of their working air-con !!
Unflustered, reliable, comfortable & still cool looking, a great car 8)
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It looked quite nice in front of my house with the other Interceptors. Not something you're lucky enough to see over here very often.
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That would be awesome to have a line of Interceptors in front of your house.

I believe there are exactly two in Tucson, AZ, and one is “going in for paint” (as of 3 years ago!)

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Mike L wrote:It looked quite nice in front of my house with the other Interceptors. Not something you're lucky enough to see over here very often.
The others don't look too shabby either :wink:
Great location for a photo shoot too :D
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How excellent.
Love to see you and the car in NZ.
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In North Carolina, June 2018:
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