17 11 2011

Our Cars: Angus Forsyth's Jensen Interceptor Mk1

Hagerty International Managing Director Angus Forsyth has known since he was six years old that he would own a Jensen; the only questions were which and when.

Employee: Angus Forsyth

Title: Managing Director at Hagerty International Limited

Years at Hagerty: Seven

Car: 1967 Jensen Interceptor Mk1

Background: When sent away to boarding school at the age of six, my parents, who were living in Africa at the time, sent a small package to school for my arrival. I remember lying in bed in my dormitory (aptly named “Rabbits”), being scared, apprehensive and feeling pretty lonely among 100 strangers. I opened the package and it was a model car: A Corgi Jensen FF.

Why this car? Some 42 years later, that image had never ever left my head, and I knew one day I would own one. Three weeks ago, I bumped into a chap who was a bit of an authority on Jensen's, and he advised me what to get: A Mk1. Low and behold, I punched it in to the Internet the next day and one came up immediately. I sent an email to the owner asking if it was still for sale and he responded that not only was it for sale, he knew me! I called him and it turned out he is a collector whom I had met several times before. When I asked where he lived, he replied, “You probably don’t want to know the answer to that.” It turned out that he lived 15 minutes away from the office, so I cordially replied, “I shall see you in 15 minutes.” I went there, saw the car, and bought it on the spot. What a machine!

Repairs and modifications (planned or completed): The car has had quite an extensive amount of work carried out on it previously, and at this stage all seems to be fine. It will go for a full service and a very thorough check over.

Hobby activities (clubs, events, etc.): Having literally only just taken delivery of the car, I have not really had a chance to do much with it. Hagerty are hosting their first "Cars and Coffee" morning this Sunday, so the Interceptor will be making an appearance. I have joined the Jensen Owners Club and they are a very friendly bunch of people with a wealth of knowledge. Ironically they are planning a tour to the United States in 2014, and guess who is assisting with all the transit coverage for them? It could only be Hagerty International.

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4 reader comments

  • 1
    Wes Creswick Clovis, CA. July 24, 2017 at 2:25pm
    If your interested, I have a 1948 Alvis, Tickford Drop Head Coupe fully restored a few years ago. Rare and unusual car. Have over 100 restoration pictures. I have been a Hagerty customer for many years
  • 2
    Bernie Michigan, USA July 24, 2017 at 2:25pm
    Congratulations, I am a bit of a Jensen fan with 5 cars presently, ranging from the 1935 Woody to a 1976 Interceptor Coupe. The JOC is a great group and I think the Interceptor 1 has the best looking dashboard. Enjoy, Bernie
  • 3
    Andy Pennsylvania, PA July 24, 2017 at 2:25pm
    I am also a huge Jensen fan and a Hagerty customer, and would like to inform you that there is a Jensen meet on the East and West sides of the U.S.. This years east coast event is in Chattanooga, TN and I think it would be great to see you and your car there. Hope to see you there, Andy
  • 4
    Juan Yes, iaunrnsce is high. The iaunrnsce goes up for five reasons. -Price of car -6 cylinder engines or bigger. -2 doors -RWD -Convertible.If you get the Coupe, then there are 4 things that make the iaunrnsce high. My friend pays about $ 1600 per 6 months or $ 267/month. My friend never got into any accident or tickets, but the iaunrnsce is that high because of the type of car. The iaunrnsce price is different in every city and state so it all depends where you live, but it should be around that price. This is also full coverage iaunrnsce, meaning if you crash, the iaunrnsce will fix your car and the persons car that you crashed into. Liability iaunrnsce is cheaper, maybe around $ 1350/6 months or $ 225/month. Liability is where they pay the repair costs for the person you crashed into, but they will not fix your car. July 24, 2017 at 2:25pm
    Yes, iaunrnsce is high. The iaunrnsce goes up for five reasons. -Price of car -6 cylinder engines or bigger. -2 doors -RWD -Convertible.If you get the Coupe, then there are 4 things that make the iaunrnsce high. My friend pays about $ 1600 per 6 months or $ 267/month. My friend never got into any accident or tickets, but the iaunrnsce is that high because of the type of car. The iaunrnsce price is different in every city and state so it all depends where you live, but it should be around that price. This is also full coverage iaunrnsce, meaning if you crash, the iaunrnsce will fix your car and the persons car that you crashed into. Liability iaunrnsce is cheaper, maybe around $ 1350/6 months or $ 225/month. Liability is where they pay the repair costs for the person you crashed into, but they will not fix your car.