17 November 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


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.

3 Reader Comments

  • 1
    Wes Creswick Clovis, CA. November 29, 2011 at 12:03
    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 November 30, 2011 at 14:03
    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 December 2, 2011 at 21:25
    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

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