In recent years there has been a rash of updated Jensen Interceptors, but now CPP is promising a brand-new car using the name.
CPP is a specialist coachbuilder with a hand in just about every aspect of the motor industry in Britain. It owns Bowler (the hot Land-Rover builder), the former Jaguar site at Browns Lane, and should soon own Spyker.
It has been appointed to engineer, develop and build the new car by Healey Sports Cars, Switzerland (which "owns all assets, intellectual property, designs, and brand rights for the Jensen and Interceptor brands") and plans to put it into production in 2014.
Here is what CPP and HSCS says about the new car:
The new Jensen Interceptor – echoing the four-seat grand tourer layout of the much-loved original built between 1966 and 1976 – is based on an all-new aluminium chassis and handcrafted aluminium body. The public unveiling of the Interceptor is planned for late 2012, with deliveries to customers beginning in 2014. Annual production numbers and pricing are yet to be confirmed, but will be fixed to ensure ultra-exclusivity. Expressions of interest can be registered on the website www.jensensportscars.com
Liam Cardiff, director of Healey Sports Cars, Switzerland said: “CPP is the perfect partner to revive the iconic Jensen Interceptor. With the Jensen design team integrated into an organisation with much greater resources and broader expertise, our dream of seeing the Jensen and Interceptor badges once again adorning the bonnets of beautiful, modern, British-built GT cars has come closer to reality.”
The C&SC verdict? It would be a welcome return and the pictures look stunning (as long as the oversized wheels are the usual designer's 'flourish' and don't make it to production!