The Jensen Interceptor might just be the ultimate 60s/70s bruiser: originally fitted with a 6.3-litre Golden Commando V8 engine and an automatic gearbox called the TorqueFlite, the Interceptor – Interceptor! – is as brutal as it is handsome.
Styled by Carrozzeria Touring of Italy, it was handbuilt in the West Midlands between 1966 and 1976 from steel girders by men with proper names like Bob and Steve and George. Hell, even the rear axle was named after an English city renowned for attracting Russian assassins like flies to honey.
Still not man enough for you? Aside from the sheer joy of a world in which we can buy a car with an engine called Golden Commando, we must point out that Jensen offered a 7.2-litre/440cu/in V8 option, the so-called TNT engine for those of you for whom 383cu/in is too lily-livered.
Mind you, even the smaller engine endowed the Interceptor with a top speed of over 130mph and a 0-60mph time of 7.3 seconds; this thing is so macho you fill it with five-star testosterone instead of petrol…
Still not satisfied? How about the fact that the FF or Ferguson Formula was the first road-going four-wheel-drive production car in the world? Or the first to offer anti-lock brakes and traction control courtesy of the wonderfully named Dunlop Maxaret, a system so advanced it was modelled on that used on the English Electric Lightning, among others.
Yup, you could buy a Jensen with the braking system of a fighter plane.
Just 6,408 were built, and the attrition rate was high, which means that survivors are either rotten or will have been restored. Like this one.