BUT I CAN AFFORD AN MGB GT V8
MIKE LE CAPLAIN I’ve actually driven both of these cars – an early Interceptor (to my mind, the best-looking of them all) and a chrome-bumper ‘B GT (likewise). Weirdly though, while the Interceptor has been my dream car for years, I enjoyed the ’B more.
Why? Because I’ve missed the Interceptor boat. You could buy a good one for less than £15k back in the mid-noughties, but those halcyon days soon vanished as buyers priced out of the Aston Martin market went looking for their big GT kicks elsewhere. The MG, on the other hand, can still be had for £15k – less, if you’re happy to buy a converted B-series car.
The ’B GT is every bit as good looking as the Jensen, too, the rumble is just as spine-tingling when you bury the throttle – both pack blue-collar US V8 muscle, remember – and it handles better. JENSEN INTERCEPTOR ENGINE 6276cc/V8/OHV POWER 325bhp@4600rpm TORQUE 425lb ft@2800rpm MAXIMUM SPEED 140mph 0-60MPH 8.3sec FUEL CONSUMPTION 11-15mpg TRANSMISSION RWD, 3-speed auto WHAT TO PAY CONCOURS £3.5k, GOOD £27.5k, USABLE £13.5k, PROJECT £6.5k MGB GT V8 ENGINE 3528cc/V8/OHV POWER 137bhp@5000rpm TORQUE 193lb ft@2900rpm MAXIMUM SPEED 124mph 0-60MPH 8.2sec FUEL CONSUMPTION 1822mpg TRANSMISSION RWD, 4-speed man + o/d WHAT TO PAY CONCOURS £15k, GOOD £11k, USABLE £5.5k, PROJECT £2.95k