It was no surprise, then, that three years ago Autocar reported that specialist Jensen dealer Cropedy Bridge bought 50 of these magnificent hulks from owners, with the intention of re-building them as new.Cropedy’s recipe called for a ground-up restoration, new suspension and chassis and a new-generation GM V8 engine and transmission. The price of a new Interceptor S was set at £75,000 in 2007.
Not much has been heard of the project since, but this weekend it was re-launched again, this time with the help of Charles Dunstone, the Carphone Warehouse founder and rumoured billionaire. Dunstone is said have bought one of the first of Interceptor S models.
Jensen International Automotive is promising the same formula, with a more modern GM V8, but priced at £105,000. JIA says that it could build 18 Interceptor S models each year, which means they should have three years’ worth of production from the original stock of 50.
Usually, entering the bespoke sports car business is a surefire way of making a small fortune from a large one. But with this operation effectively a very sophisticated restoration business, the risk to Dunstone’s bank account seems minimal.
The question is, in a world where Bentley GTs and 911 Turbos are increasingly common, will the typical successful 50 something see a factory-fresh Interceptor as just a tempting as a modern, mass-market, supercar?
Maybe a burbling Interceptor is the perfect antidote to automotive bling.