“Viperceptor SE” - Jensen Interceptor Meets Dodge Viper V10

Back in the days when MG was building its iconic MGB sportscars and Aston Martin was showing off with the DB6 and the DBS, one short-lived British manufacturer brought an intriguing grand tourer to the market: the Jensen Interceptor.
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Built from 1966 through 1976 in about 6,400 examples in three body styles, the Interceptor took British automotive styling and luxury and enhanced it with pure American V8 engines taken directly from Chrysler. And not just any engines, but the 6.2 and 7.2-liter big-blocks that were firing up musclecars such as the Plymouth Cuda.

Now a highly-acclaimed classic piece of machinery, the Jensen Interceptor is spotted at both classic car shows and auctions. But not all of them are still wearing the same factory “clothes” and “hearts”, and one particular Jensen Interceptor is like nothing you’ve seen before. Rebuilt and enhanced by a team of enthusiasts, the Jensen Viperceptor SE is probably the most performant musclecar the British never had.

Stripped to it’s bare metal and fully redesigned, the Viperceptor gained major body changes, including flared wheel arches, deeper front and rear valance, modified side vents, Chrysler 300C headlamps, and 20-inch wheels. Not too mention the gray paint job that makes it even more menacing. But that’s not all, when a car looks like that, it certainly needs the proper technology under the shell. Among the numerous technical enhancements, the Viperceptor took possession of an 8.3-liter V10 Dodge Viper engine.

Though the Viperceptor lost a bit of Jensen’s classic touch, we are more than impressed by the final result... and so should any modern musclecar enthusiast be.
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Ask Ciprian about cars and he'll reveal an obsession with classics and an annoyance with modern design cues. Read his articles and you'll understand why his ideal SUV is the 1969 Chevrolet K5 Blazer.
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