Joined the Jensen Car Clubs

I finally got around to renewing my membership with the Jensen Car Club of Australia. This is a great club for any Jensen owner to be a part of, with a massive knowledge base and a fantastic bunch of Jensen nerds. It is also a good idea to join or at least make contact with the club if you are looking to find a good Interceptor, Healey or any other Jensen for sale.
The club does not currently have a website, but they do publish an excellent magazine. Here is the cover of an older issue I have.

I also joined the Jensen Owners Club of the UK, who also have an excellent magazine. Not much chance of ever attending any of their events though I am afraid. But they do have a brilliant forum.

8 comments

  1. Andrew Spence says:

    Hi i am looking for a good condition jensen interceptor 2/3,if you can help it would be greatly appreciated.thanks Andrew 0421 555687

  2. Steven says:

    Hi, I am looking at purchasing a jensen interceptor. I have found a MK1 and a MK111 for sale. My question is purely from a collectors come value come resale ( one day) point of view, which is the best to purchase.
    Some say the Mk1 is rarer and and more collectable, others say the Mk111 is better and has a higher resale.
    Any clues would be appreciated.
    Steve.

    • Nigel Honey says:

      Hi Steven,

      MkI is certainly rarer. The MkIII was built in much larger numbers.

      MkI has inferior front suspension/steering setup with kingpins.

      MkI has a quite old fashioned dashboard. This does however look very cool.

      MkIII has a more modern dash which is nice, depends which you prefer. Has much better seats. Ventilated brakes, and so on.

      The cars were refined as years went by, no two are the same.

      The 7.2l cars are down considerably on power from the 6.3l ones, though the early MkIII with the 6.3l had a lower compression motor than the MkI and MkII cars. Though at this age a rebuild with higher compression is not out of the question. Basic motors that can be easily and quite cheaply tweaked and built up. The 7.2l cars are also more prone to overheating, the motor is taller and there is less room under the hood. The nice Edelbrock EFI manifold kit is not available for the 6.3l motor though.

      If you want something rare or collectable, try and find an FF, SP or Convertible. Resale value…. well not much has changed for these cars price wise since the 1980s… though the advent of the Interceptor R/S and its appearance on Top Gear seems to have pushed the prices for decent cars up in the UK, and some people are asking big dollars for cars here now too…

      • Steven says:

        Hi Nigel,
        Thanks for the feedback.
        I have looked at the pros and cons of both vehicles, their different engines, power outputs etc. The odd thing I have noticed which may or may not be correct, is that when l see a mk1 up for sale it seems to hang around for a long time, whereas the mk111’s seem to be on the market for a lesser time.
        This tends to make me think that in the end the seller of the mk1 has to drop the price in order to move the car. l’m not looking at trying to make a dollar on one of these but would however like to think should l purchase one or the other that when the time eventually comes to sell you don’t end up haggling over prices for months.
        The mk1 l am looking at has a balljoint front end, and l quite like the old world look and feel of the dash,(l’m no spring chicken either) l also think the mk111 is equally as nice in a different way.
        i have tried to look up valuations of both these cars and it seems the mk11 and 111’s have a higher valuation, which seems at odds to the fact that the mk1 is rarer.
        Maybe l’m asking the impossible.
        Thanks………..Steve.

  3. max says:

    i have a MK 1.5 and prefer the interior against the others, it’s all up to personal taste. Mine is due for an engine rebuild after 274000miles yet still trundles down the road nicely (only after 25k worth of repairs and not finished yet) get thumbs up all the time,love it

  4. max says:

    i have a MK 1.5 and prefer the interior against the others, it’s all up to personal taste. Mine is due for an engine rebuild after 274000miles yet still trundles down the road nicely (only after 25k worth of repairs and not finished yet) get thumbs up all the time,love it

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