No rest for the wicked
Autumn is in full swing, and usually this is the time when most classic car owners put their car away, waiting for better weather. Yet, here at Cropredy Bridge we are busy putting together bespoke reports and individual advice for four new restoration projects: three Interceptors and one Healey GT need our help and expertise to be brought back to former glory.
Talking about the Jensen Healey GT, our resident Jensen expert Bob Cherry has the perfect memory: THAT 1976 summer, when he sold a (then) brand-new Healey GT to a hairdresser for £2,000. It is interesting to note that, in the Seventies, £6k/£7k would have bought a 3-bedroom house. The Jensen Interceptor was within that price range, making it on a par with the Astons of its time. The Healey GT is rare, and a crafty way – in our view – to invest one’s money for its restoration.
For FF’s sake!
Talking about rare Aston Martins and understated British craftsmanship, it is not a coincidence that James Bond puts his DB5 in the garage and drives a Jensen FF in the latest book, ‘Solo’. Our very active and enthusiastic JOC (Jensen Owners’ Club) succeeded in providing numerous models (of the four-wheel variety) for the launch of the latest 007’s adventure, at the Dorchester Hotel in London. Celebrations and high profiles do not get more prestigious than this. If you missed the book promotion, you can still feast your eyes on the Jensen range at the NEC Classic Car Show in November. The JOC has a big stand there, and they will be very pleased to share their Jensen stories with like-minded enthusiasts. (http://www.jamesbondsolo.co.uk/)
Rumour has it….
…. That the Middle East is becoming more and more interested in Jensen cars, specifically Interceptors. Now that the classic car status is no longer a legal hindrance to car collectors there, more and more enthusiasts have started making discreet enquiries into adding an Interceptor or two to their collections; Cropredy Bridge is the restoration centre of choice for those who plan to acquire a glamorous example of British automotive history.
Fit for a prince
Talking about the Middle East, we are working on an Interceptor MkIII belonging to a Saudi Prince, whose brief is to make the car the subject of a grounds-up restoration project.
…Or for Portugal
One of our customers from Ireland came to visit us on his way to Portugal, where he has a holiday home. It was meant to be a passing visit, but we spotted one or two potential issues with his Interceptor MkI (brakes were in poor state, and corrosion had set in the chassis); we like to give all Jensen cars a clean bill of health, so we are working on this Interceptor in order for its owner to enjoy both the Jensen and his holiday.
You don’t have to worry about the winter approaching, as long as you follow some pretty simple rules. As a classic Jensen owner, it is wise to put your car away bearing in mind a few tips: do not forget the antifreeze; use a little DW40 on the brake discs; make sure there is absolutely no moisture or dirt on and around the wheel-arches (which are well known for being prone to rust); make sure the tyres are inflated to 50psi; all fluid levels have been checked; silica gel is in the car to absorb damp; use a battery conditioner (trickle charger) and long-term storage petrol additives in the tank. Don’t forget that it is wise to store the car with a full tank of petrol (or at least ¾ full).
IN THE PRESS
Two of our cars were in the press last month: our ‘for sale’ Interceptors caught the eye of Editor-at-Large Richard Gunn from Classic Car Weekly.