Jensen SP

DPX 76L - 1973
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  • Jensen SP

    DPX 76L - 1973

    Cropredy Bridge Cars are delighted to offer this beautiful Jensen SP for sale.

    Once production of the FF had ceased, the Jensen SP was introduced as the new “halo car” for the brand.

    With a displacement of 440CU (7.2 Litres), the V8 engine featured three sets of twin barrel carburettors, hence the SP name which stood for ‘Six Pack’. Fitting a higher compression engine and the 1300 CFM carburettors, raised output from around 280bhp to 385bhp making it the most powerful production Jensen.

    This particular car – chassis 138/8398 – was delivered by Malaya Garage of Cowfold West Sussex  to a London-based customer and was one of just 89 cars with the ‘138’ Chassis Prefix.

    These were the most desirable of the SPs, benefitting from various modifications of the J series Interceptor III V8s and addressing a number of the reliability issues experienced on the earlier SP cars.

    This particular car is one of 27 SP’s painted silver and one of 20 with a Blue interior. This is therefore a very rare variant of the Jensen Interceptor.

    It is not known how many of the 232 SPs that left the factory still survive, but in the last five years only around 60 have appeared in public according to Richard Calver, the most authoritative source on these issues. Most of those have lost their six pack carburettor units over the years and had them replaced with four barrel Holley units which come with a significant reduction in horsepower.

    Chassis 138/8398 is unusual in that it still has the massive six pack carburettor system. This runs on the centre carburettor under normal load and the large secondary units are vacuum-controlled, opening only as the airflow through the centre unit reached a certain preset level.

    They open to the same throttle position as the primary carburettor, so all three can be brought into operation without necessarily flooring the accelerator.

    Recorded 0-60mph accelerations times vary between 5.5 and 6.5 seconds, which is still very respectable today and incredible considering that the car is a large GT with an automatic box from the 1970s.

    With such performance, driving an SP is addictive. The surge of power at full throttle bears comparison with many modern supercars. We believe the SP was the second most powerful production car available in the UK in the at the time DX76L was sold,  (behind an Iso Grifo 7 litre (435bhp at £650k) and ahead of the Lamborghini Miura P400SV (380bhp at £2-3m) making them truly remarkable value at under £100k.

    This particular SP was rescued by a well known Jensen owner who recognised both its rarity as an SP with its original Six Pack unit and its quality and decided to return it to excellent condition.

    As well as significant work from the owner it has been the subject of extensive works at Cropredy and seen recent expenditure of £40k with us including new sills, a gearbox rebuild, suspension and brake system refresh and the addressing of any other issues found.

    It presents and drives wonderfully and with its high quality interior and Bluetooth enable period style radio is ready to be enjoyed by a new custodian. It comes with a comprehensive history file including the original factory records and invoices going back over 30 years and we think 138/8398 is one of the best SPs we have seen available for sale in some considerable time.

    £85,000

    Vehicle Overview

    April 1973
    Automatic
    RHD
    DPX 76L
    Silver Grey
    Dark Blue
    Petrol
    385bhp /
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