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1971 Jensen Interceptor

>>1971 Jensen Interceptor

1971 Jensen Interceptor

Fast & Furious 6 (2013)

Fast & Furious 6 follows a professional criminal gang led by Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) who have retired following their successful heist in Fast Five but remain wanted fugitives. U.S. Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) offers to clear the group’s criminal records and allow them to return home in exchange for helping him to take down a skilled mercenary organization led by Owen Shaw.

The 1971 Jensen Interceptor is driven by a character who returns from a presumed death. Letty, played by Michelle Rodriguez, the once super-tight significant other of Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) apparently died in a tumbling ’70 Plymouth Road Runner about halfway through 2009’s Fast & Furious, the fourth film in the series.

Built by tiny Jensen Motors in England between 1966 and 1976, the Interceptor is a big, rear-drive personal luxury machine in the vein of the Jaguar XJ-S or a Bristol. But instead of a temperamental, Euro-weenie six or high-strung V12 under its hood, the Interceptor was powered by pure American muscle: either 383 cubic inches (6.3 liters) or 440 cubic inches (7.2 liters) of old-school, carbureted, V8 American muscle.  The body was designed in Italy by Carrozzeria Touring with exceptionally clean surfaces and a long nose that balances the weight of the huge, wraparound rear window.

Instead of restoring the Interceptors to their original, leather-lined, wood-trimmed and high-gloss finish, it was decided that Letty’s Jensen would be kind of menacing: finished in matte gray, with massive side pipes dumping out just forward of the rear wheels. But it’s not an ancient Chrysler engine breathing out through those pipes.

To keep spares simple and allow the swapping of parts between cars, many of the onscreen cars are powered with GM “LS3” V8 crate engines straight out of the GM Performance Parts catalog. That’s the same 6.2-liter engine that’s standard in the Chevrolet Camaro SS and rated at 430 horsepower as shipped. And that’s a net power rating: up 105 hp over the gross-rated 325 hp of the Interceptor’s original Chrysler 383.

Jensen may have built the Interceptor as a luxury car, but it’s a Spartan machine in Fast & Furious 6. Gone are the carpeting, the air-conditioning and anything else that hints at comfort. Instead there’s a thick roll cage and two Sparco R100 seats. AutoMeter gauges fill the holes left behind by the Jensen’s original instruments.

So this car is exactly what Jensen didn’t intend it to be.