The king of the cubic inch

Another day, another Jensen article. So apologies, but our customers can’t seem to get enough of them so we’ve added a third. The new car is based in Devon at our site near Exeter and has garned a lot of attention because it’s a Mk2 rather than the more common Mk3. But does it really matter? The short answer is yes and no. Now, at the outset I should say that getting anal about the specifics of classic cars really isn’t my thing. I can parry 1963 vs 1965 interior detailing on an E Type Jaguar with the best of them, but it doesn’t float my boat. What.So.Ever. It’s not that I have anything against people who do, it’s just not for me. I much prefer jumping in and driving the cars.

So, with that out the way, lets get back to naval gazing detail. If you just love Jensens you’ll love either the Mk2 or Mk3.  There’s very little difference between them apart from the rear seat design and the wheels.  Under the bonnet is a different story as the Mk2 ‘only’ has a 6.3 litre V8, the later car makes do with a paltry 7.2 litre Chrysler lump. If you’re a Jensen afficionado you’ll probably fall into one of two camps. One set of Jensen enthusiasts tend to favour the Mk2 because it has all the luxury and updated style of the Mk3 but with the benefit of the high compression 6.3 litre V8 engine that is supposedly more response and flexible than the later engine. Alternatively, the other camp argues that the later car looks better – mainly thanks to the wheels – and is better built.  Although most Mk3s shared their dashboard design with the Mk2 the very last cars had a slightly odd walnut effect design that personally I dislike but many prefer.

I’ve driven Mk1, Mk2 and Mk3 Interceptors and, to be honest, they are all as good as each other. The 6.3 litre does deliver its power differently to the 7.2 but it would take a prolonged back to back test to notice. i do prefer the Mk3 but only because I just like the idea of the biggest engine imaginable, and I like the wheels, but a very good Mk2 would float my boat just as well. So there you have it. Mk2 Jensen vs Mk3. For me it’s not the same as the debate between early and late E Types, which vary considerably. If you love the Interceptor just enjoy the experience of being powered along smoothly and effortlessly by one of Britain’s best GT cars.

Our new Devon car is available to hire from our site near Exeter with the same comprehensive package as our other cars. We have three Jensen Interceptors available to hire at our sites in Yorkshire, Devon and Cotswolds. For more details visit or call 01527 893733. Mention this article to claim 10% off Jensen Interceptor hire.

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