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    GUY HOLMES’ ROVER SD1 ‘TWIN PLENUM’ VITESSE

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    Just check out Guy’s beautiful Rover-SD1 luxobarge here, a car that’s clearly been kept in tip-top condition by one discerning owner. This awesome old skool British icon may look pretty stock on the outside, but that's the whole point. In reality it's sporting plenty of tucked-away modifications, enough to make it quite the sleeper on the streets.
    With a comprehensively re-worked version of Rover’s 3.9-litre V8 now sitting pretty under the long bonnet, there’s also plenty of breathing mods, as well as far beefier braking and suspension systems. In short, it's a real hairy-chested driving machine.

    “I’ve owned and loved it since 2001. Not many can resist the sound of a Rover V8 rumbling down the street!” He's not wrong, eh?

    TOP MODS: 3.9-litre V8 engine (with flowed heads, Crane 216 cams and #Rimmer-Bros stainless-steel exhaust system), Jaguar XJS front brakes, Goodridge brake hoses, high-capacity radiator with Revotech electric fan, Spax adjustable suspension, polybushed, #MOMO steering wheel
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    Car: #Jensen-Interceptor-III / #Jensen-Interceptor-MkIII / #Jensen-Interceptor / #Jensen / #1974-Jensen-Interceptor

    Year: of manufacture #1974
    Recorded mileage 6606
    Asking: price £74,950
    Vendor: Cropredy Bridge Cars Ltd, Oxfordshire; 01295 758444; www.cropredybridge.com

    WHEN IT WAS NEW
    Price £6744.06
    Max power 330bhp
    Max torque 350lb ft
    0-60mph 7.2 secs
    Top speed 135mph
    Mpg 12


    This Interceptor is well known to Cropredy Bridge throughout the firm’s many incarnations and ownerships – bills with Cropredy go back to 1983 – and it has had plenty of recent fettling work there, on top of what was likely a fuller restoration in the past. Around £15k was spent through 2015-2016, including a repaint, an engine rebuild and various troubleshooting.

    It’s solid underneath, with lots of grease around the wishbone joints, new rear springs and good exhausts, mostly stainless-steel. The repaint is still very presentable, smooth and shiny, with just one bubble now showing on the bonnet. The chrome is slightly bloomed in places, and there’s a small nick in the roof vinyl in one corner of the sunroof aperture.

    There are a few upgrades including new fans, plus Fosseway Performance brakes, Spax adjustable dampers and H4 headlights, plus 17in alloys shod with Westlake SV308s. The spare is the standard size, bearing an older Michelin. Inside, the leather – possibly original and recently cleaned – is only lightly creased, and the door cards are in good shape. The headlining is smart, the carpets slightly grubby. The eyeball vent nozzles still have their chrome and there’s a newish Moto-Lita wheel. The vast ‘goldfish-bowl’ hatch has good seals and operates easily, under which we find good boot carpet and tools.

    At the other end, the 7.2-litre Chrysler V8 shows no obvious leaks and the oil is fairly clean, though the transmission fluid is a bit old and discoloured. It starts easily and drives well, with a light touch to the steering making it feel younger and smaller than it really is. The gearchanges are smooth, it tracks and brakes straight, and it’s plenty fast enough if you tramp on it. The oil-pressure gauge shows a healthy 50psi at 3000rpm, with the temperature gauge registering in the middle of the dial, and the fans cut in readily when you stop.

    Inevitably, not quite everything works: the electric roof does, but the clock and left window don’t, and the air-con tries its best – you can hear the compressor engaging, at least. It’ll be sold with both windows working and a fresh MoT.

    SUMMARY EXTERIOR

    New paint; 17in alloys
    INTERIOR Decent leather and good headlining
    MECHANICALS Motor refreshed; new brakes and springs
    VALUE 7/10

    For Ongoing fettling; drives well
    Against Air-con not working

    SHOULD I BUY IT?
    Not cheap for an Interceptor, but still much more affordable than a DBS, and this example appears to have been well looked after.
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