‘I've ac­tu­ally owned the In­ter­cep­tor twice…'

1964 Jaguar Mk2 3.8, 1971 Jensen In­ter­cep­tor SII Stu­art, Stephen and Ali­cia Kelsey, New Mil­ton, Hants

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Both cars be­long to me al­though nat­u­rally my son Stephen is very much in­volved when I need a sec­ond driver. The Jag I have owned for 10 years; it has still got the XK en­gine but it has been mod­i­fied, tweaked and gas-flowed. It now sounds glo­ri­ous and there is a bit of ex­tra power to play with. I’ve gone right through the whole thing and that in­cludes the brakes. It has XJ40 front seats and rear seat belts. The body­work is next.

The In­ter­cep­tor is a 1971 SII and I have had it al­most for for­ever. I’ve ac­tu­ally owned it twice. I bought it back over 20 years ago, and that is when I de­cided to re­store it. I pretty much did a full nut-and-bolt restora­tion on it. The usual story en­sued– I started out cur­ing a few oil leaks and ended up with it in bits spread all over the work­shop. The tough­est part was body-re­lated, as the wind­screen washer jet is al­most im­pos­si­ble to get to when ev­ery­thing else is in place. I didn’t rush it so it was done right. The colour is a Re­nault 25 hue I be­lieve – it was beige orig­i­nally.

Mk2 and In­ter­cep­tor SII – two Brit greats in one fam­ily.

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