3. Jensen Interceptor
The Jensen Interceptor was not exactly a muscle car, but more of a Gran Turismo. Vignale provided Italian styling for this massive, comfortable car. It came with the powerful Chrysler 383 or 440 V8 engine in the front. So this four-seater coupe was one of the fastest cars for crossing continents in the late ’60s and early ’70s. This cool-looking coupe had the style of a muscle car and Detroit power.
But unfortunately, it was over the reach of the average car enthusiast. All Interceptors featured Chrysler engines with the 383 and 440 V8 being the most common choices. The transmission was always the matching 727 Torqueflite in various Chrysler products of the era. There were few prototypes with the mighty 426 Hemi but no production models.
In 1966, Jensen introduced an advanced all-wheel-drive version they called the Interceptor FF, but they sold just 320 of them. However, the regular Interceptors in coupe and convertible form were much more successful. Jensen built over 6,400 of them until 1976, selling many of them in America. This is an interesting car because it combines Italian styling with British luxury and American muscle car provenance.