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FUE 53M was ordered on the 12th December 1973 and left the factory on the 26th February 1974, distributed to dealership Philip Mist Autos, Soho Hill, Handsworth, Birmingham. The car was supplied new to its first owner, W G Allen & Sons, Classic Works, Holyhead Road, Wednesbury in Staffordshire. From early records, we know the Jensen had covered 15010 miles by 1975. The car was extensively used throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s and by 1987 the car had covered 91823 miles and had two Wolverhampton based owners since being supplied to W G Allen & Sons.
In 1989 the Jensen was purchased by Richard Calver, a well-known and respected authority of Jensen cars who published the book ‘History of Jensen'. The car was purchased for £1200 as a non-runner and it was taken to Jensen for evaluation. The car was then subject of a restoration that included inner and outer sills, floor panels, new front wings, new inner box sections, front and rear lower panels, rear wheel arch sections, gearbox overhaul, new torque converter, brake discs, ball joints, handbrake caliper, brake pipes, suspension washers and bushes. £5000 of factory parts were purchased and all work was carried out by Ron Long & Sons Ltd on Dudley Road in Oldbury, West Midlands. The work was completed by May 1990 and then taken to the Jensen bodyshop to have the paintwork buffed properly. Some interior detailing work was also carried out. The Jensen was put back on the road on Friday 22nd June 1990 with 92806 miles recorded. The Jensen authority used the car for JOC weekend and later in the summer returned to Australia, leaving the car in the UK to be sold.
The Jensen was sold in 1991 to a neighbour of one of our long term customers near Kidderminster, he covered just 1500 miles and then laid the car up for over 20 years. We recovered the Interceptor in late 2015 requiring re-commissioning work and quickly found a buyer, a long term customer of ours in Maidstone, Kent. Thousands of pounds were spent on the car to include a full strip down and re-paint in the Jensen colour Reef Blue. Chrome work was re-plated, the wheels re-furbished, all new seals, weather strips and rubbers fitted and interior work included a new headlining. The body on strip down was found in excellent order having been garaged since the major body restoration carried out in 1990. A mechanical program of work included new steering rack, starter motor, alternator, thermostat, thermostat housing and gasket, new water pump, coolant hoses, manifold to front pipe gaskets, fuel hose, gearbox tail shaft seal, gearbox sump gasket, diff nose seal, engine mounts, gearbox mounts, front and rear brake discs and pads, handbrake pads, brake flexi hoses, rear shock absorbers with new bushes, swinging shackle bushes and all new ignition and service items. The air-conditioning system was overhauled and is working, tyres were replaced and further improvement since leaving us include Edlebrock carburettor and lightweight aluminium manifold from Martin Robey. A tracker has also been fitted and over £5,000 spent on restoring the seats in Connolly leather. Other more recent new parts include a windscreen and power steering hoses.
Since this huge expenditure the Jensen has covered a further 500 or so over the past 18-24 months and was voted runner up to Best in Show at the 2017 Kent Classic Car Show where 600 cars attended. The mileage is today recorded 94,920 and the car is quite simply outstanding. The bodywork and paintwork are first class, the interior beautifully presented and having covered so little mileage since a major mechanical overhaul the car is mechanically excellent. The Interceptor drives superbly with fabulous power and performance and has been superbly detailed with a lovely under bonnet, boot with original jack and re-furbished wheels and brightwork. FUE 53M is a beautifully prepared example with excellent history, provenance and is a car capable to regular use, long distance touring and worthy of any collection.