The Rusted Husk of a Jensen Interceptor III Convertible is Surprisingly Valuable

1975 Jensen Interceptor convertible for saleJensen Interceptors have always intrigued me, mostly because they use a Detroit-sourced drivetrain in a decidedly non-Detroit body. Well, that and a combination of being not all that great and kinda forgotten makes for some surprisingly cheap driver-grade examples. Here’s a runner for $13k in LA.

Today’s example goes well beyond “driver-grade with cosmetic issues” well into “is that even a car?” territory. When it first popped up in my inbox (and the bidding was low) I was thinking it’d be a great LeMons candidate. With the reserve unmet at a current $7,000 bid, it’s clear we’re dealing with a car that gets at least a few people all hot and bothered.

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Let’s get something straight: Jensen Interceptors are awesome. Big block Mopar power and a sleek 70s GT body make so much sense. This goes doubly for the convertible, which drops the iconic but awkward giant rear glass in favor of kinda-sorta-Aston Martin looks.

But this thing needs everything. The body’s got rust issues top-to-bottom, front-to-back. I don’t even know how a car manages to rust out a 6×6″ square on the leading edge of the hood, particularly in California. Obviously, the top’s shot and the interior maintains enough intact parts to know what the replacements need to look like. Not running, either, but getting a 440 running is a round-off error compared to the cost and effort to make this car “done”.

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And yet here we are with the bidding at seven grand and an unmet reserve. Googling for different examples reveals this same car on Craigslist with a $22,500 price tag. Holy crap. Even if the claims that restored examples go for nearly $100k (despite the one for sale for [sc:ebay itemid=”130831177819″ linktext=”$70k right here” ]) are true, it’s not clear the price spread would cover the costs to get there. Not to mention there’s almost no way to enjoy this car in a partially “done” state. Like, you could nearly build it from scratch for the kind of money it’ll take to rebuild. Or pick up one of the other 493 classic V8 convertibles for sale on eBay.

Auction ends this Sunday!

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29 responses to “The Rusted Husk of a Jensen Interceptor III Convertible is Surprisingly Valuable”

  1. fodder650 Avatar

    This week on Wheeler Dealers!
    /Ed appears out of nowhere and shoots Mike dead "NO! Not this time Mike"

    1. NothingHappens Avatar

      HA! Love that show, they did an Interceptor in one series, I recall rust being a big issue.
      (and for some reason he's "Edd" with two "d"s)

      1. fodder650 Avatar

        You are correct i forgot to add the second D to his name. It's because he is so tall that he gets the second D.

      2. dculberson Avatar

        For a double dose of his pimpin'.

  2. JayP2112 Avatar

    Any chance I can post this, I take it:
    [youtube qLp4FhDAfQk youtube]

    1. Irishzombieman Avatar

      Me too.
      [youtube qLp4FhDAfQk&feature=player_embedded youtube]

  3. wolfie Avatar

    Can you imagine what this junk looks like on a hoist? Assuming it has enough structural integrity left to be put on a hoist.
    That looks like it was stored in a chloride vat.

    1. tiberiusẅisë Avatar

      Seriously. My foirst thought was that the owner kept his pool chemicals right next to it in the garage.

  4. stigshift Avatar

    Wow, it only needs 125K to turn it into a 70K car. In all fairness, these CAN bring more, but typically in England, and with right hand drive. Looks like a parts car, if that, to me.

    1. Tim Odell Avatar
      Tim Odell

      …but what parts?

      1. danleym Avatar

        Windshield wipers look good.

        1. mdharrell Avatar

          I believe they're aftermarket, however.

      2. stigshift Avatar

        You know, that's a damn good question…Maybe the glass isn't rusted yet.

  5. Irishzombieman Avatar

    Two years ago there was a really nice one for sale on Fresno CL for $2,000.
    It sat there for three weeks. I'm feeling kinda dumb for not buying it now.

  6. Rust-MyEnemy Avatar

    I'm clearly bonkers hatstand crazy, but the Interceptor to me makes no sense as a convertible. It's main point over, say, an Aston is the uniquity that came with that mad bulbous rear end and massively expensive glass hatchback tailgate.
    I'm actually going to say No Thanks to this one and give one of you guys the chance to take it on.

    1. Tim Odell Avatar
      Tim Odell

      How nice of you.
      Remind me to let you hold my thermite reactor next time we meet.

      1. Rust-MyEnemy Avatar

        We're both Gentlemen, and I accept.

    2. Van_Sarockin Avatar

      But just this once, alright?

  7. P161911 Avatar

    Apparently the rust was installed at the factory.

  8. Tim Odell Avatar
    Tim Odell

    Looking at it, I'm seeing a lot of rust a bit of the current-gen Challenger in that hood-to-grille-to-bumper design.

  9. OA5599 Avatar

    [youtube A5cneCgNA9U youtube]

  10. longrooffan Avatar

    Check out all the cool shit he has in the background in his yard. 1st Gen Econoline/Falcon FTW.

  11. needthatcar Avatar

    They rust in such strange places. There's one for sale here in Utah that's rusted out from the windshield and back about 2-3 inches. Someone told me it's becuase of the rubber Jensen used or something. That one is a hardtop/fastback and he's asking $4k.
    Also, it's not unlikely that this guy is having his biddies bid it up close to his reserve.

  12. racer139 Avatar

    Is that an nitrous system. if so that 440 could be melted. Also isnt there a Jenson factory that repops most of the panels for these? I love the interceptor but the convertable not so much, so for my tastes if it had a roof it may be worth redoing. Like somone else mentioned dont put this thing on a lift, you may end up with two piles of rust, plastic, glass, rubber and foam. Its going to take a deeeeeeeeep set of pockets on that one.

    1. Tim Odell Avatar
      Tim Odell

      Yeah, I noticed that series of tubes and couldn't make sense of it.
      Not some early FI setup, right?
      Maybe EGR or a series of vacuum lines?

      1. mdharrell Avatar

        It sure looks like a nitrous setup.
        <img src="; width="300">
        Probably was fun for a while.

        1. racer139 Avatar

          Yep Id say it was probably fun. Atleast untill the first crack in the bodywork apeared and then it was all downhill from there.Definatly and 80's nitrous system.

  13. racer139 Avatar

    Alson just notived the blue knob in the second pic, just a little in front of the lower rear seat cushion. Id say it was a street raced car and was equipped with a huge chrome air cleaner to hide that nitrous set-up.

  14. Van_Sarockin Avatar

    That wouldn't be a bad price, if the paint was intact and the body all rusted to hell everwhere, and the interior didn't look like a passel of rabid weasels had a gang fight in there. So, I'm certain it's also mechanically perfect. I would bet that if you bought it for the ask, you could run it in LeMons with your sob story and no BS laps. Or it's the start of an epic rat rod.