The Restoration

The job of restoring this very special Jensen Interceptor began in October 2014.

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The Search

Everyone growing up in Britain in the seventies knew Morecambe and Wise.

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History

Chassis number 115/2977 left the Jensen factory in West Bromwich on the 23rd September 1968

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The stuff of legend

Eric Morecambe’s Jensen Interceptor had a starring role in the life of Britain’s best-loved comedian. In 1968, while driving the car to Leeds from a performance at the Variety Club in Batley, he suffered his first heart attack. Although serious at the time, the event soon became a running anecdote that the comedy legend loved to recount for laughs.

The story brought fame to a Yorkshireman called Walter Butterworth, who jumped into the Jensen and drove it to the hospital when the TV star became incapacitated. Walter had been walking home from a night out at the time when the car pulled alongside and the comedian asked for his help. Eric Morecambe went on to tell that story many times over, including in an interview with Michael Parkinson in 1972.

Throughout the seventies Morecambe and Wise were undoubtedly the biggest stars on British TV. Their famous 1977 Christmas Special drew 28 million people around their television sets across the country, and one of those was a young Nick Whale, now managing director of Silverstone Auctions. While watching the Parkinson interview, his father noted that Eric’s Jenson would be a great car to own one day, and the seed was planted.

After many years searching, Nick Whale eventually tracked down the very Jensen Interceptor made famous by Eric Morecambe, and set out to restore it to the fabulous condition in which we see it today.