Over the years, there has been a fascination with fitting big American engines in lightweight British cars. The Interceptor line began in 1949, and came with an English chassis, an Italian body, and a variety of engines. The Mk III’s most distinctive styling feature is the large, glass, fastback hatch. It was lavish inside – passengers were surrounded by leather seats and wool carpets. Not only was the Interceptor luxurious, it was also fast - powered by an American Chrysler v-8 engine. When Road & Track tested one in 1970, they found that its huge v-8 was capable of accelerating from zero to 60 mph
in 7.1 seconds. In addition to luxury and speed, Jensen also featured advanced technology, pioneering the use of anti-lock brakes. Jensen Motors Ltd. failed in 1976, a victim of increasing competition and spiraling production costs. The Mk III was built from 1974-76 with a total of 327 being produced (63 of which were black).