Jensen to build new Interceptor in 2014Tue, 20 Sep 2011 00:00:00 -0700
These are the first renderings of the all-new Jensen Interceptor, due in 2014. Not to be confused with the 'new' old Interceptor, you can still buy.
Coventry automotive specialist CPP will build the new 2014 Jensen Interceptor at its West Midlands plant; it'll also engineer and develop the prototypes.New and old Jensen Interceptors? I'm confused!
Don't worry, so were we!
The Jensen brand is owned by Healey Sports Cars Switzerland. Buoyed by the interest in the revived old Interceptor, available now with modern underpinnings, the parent company decided to commission CPP to launch a new one.
Healey commissioned a new design, and CPP will now bring the renderings of the 2014 Interceptor you see here to life. Production is planned for Browns Lane, a location close to any British sports car enthusiast's heart.The new 2014 Jensen Interceptor: the lowdown
The new Jensen Interceptor clearly seeks inspiration from 1966's original, especially the wraparound rear screen and elongated flanks. It'll again be a two-door shooting break, now based on 'an all-new aluminium chassis and handcrafted aluminium body.'
No prices have been set yet, but it's clearly not going to be cheap.
Brendan O’Toole, founder and co-owner of CPP, said: 'I started my career by restoring bodies and components for classic British sports cars, so for CPP to take the lead role in reviving this iconic brand is very exciting for the business, and for me personally. The Jensen design team has respected and honoured the great heritage and attributes of the original Interceptor, while injecting a contemporary edge and advanced technologies that will ensure it appeals to the passionate, discerning motoring enthusiast of today.'CPP: they're becoming quite a player, aren't they?
Indeed they are. They missed out on buying the Bristol brand from the administrators, but O'Toole is quietly assembling quite an automotive group, seemingly hoovering up myriad small sports car nameplates.
He now employs 250 specialists in Coventry, building one-offs and low-volume cars for the likes of Spyker, Bowler and even - once the deal is signed - Zagato. Russian investor Vladimir Antonov has provided funds for this growth.
By Tim Pollard