I own a 1974 Jensen Interceptor Mk3 and an Alfa Romeo Spider Series 4. I hire them out my classics through my company Great Escape Classic Car Hire http://www.greatescapecars.co.uk/, which also has a Jaguar XJS V12 Convertible, 1957 Morris Minor Traveller and Jaguar E-Type V12 Convertible.
This car is a 1974 Mk3 with factory upgrades to Mk4 specification and is finished in mid-blue metallic (possibly Nevis Blue) with burgundy leather interior. It’s done 67,000 miles from new and is fitted with the 7.2 litre Chrysler V8 with four barrel carburettor. I’ve owned the Interceptor for a year after spending about 18 months looking for a decent one. At the time £10,000 would buy a good one, although this price range included a lot of tarted-up sheds. I bought LPB 63N on the bodywork rather than the mechanicals – it was in excellent condition albeit with a few minor paintwork chips. The engine was completely rebuilt at the beginning of the year by Race Sport in Studley and its covered several thousand miles since.
Alfa Romeo Spider I’ve owned several Alfas and bought this because I thought it would be more versatile and a car that I could enjoy with my wife. It’s a 1992 Series 4, which makes it one of the last built using the original ‘Duetto’ type body style. It’s a RHD car – converted from LHD – that was originally sold new in Germany and then imported to the UK in the 1990s. It’s only covered 68,000 kilometres (about 40,000 miles) and features a rare combination of burgundy paintwork and tan interior (most S4 Spiders are bright red – this one is more subtle). The Spider was always more of a tourer than a sports car, so it’s just great for dropping the top and ambling along the Cotswolds lanes, listening to the crackle of the twin cam 2 litre engine. It’s been pretty faultless, including a 3,000 miles trip to the Dordogne in 2006.
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