The Well Is Still (Almost) Dry

The state in which we live, Arizona, is described as a “Purple” state politically because of the distribution of party followers. I would describe it as a state of very uneasy coexistence, where “Red” and “Blue” live side-by-side, but not in harmony.

One side has candidates who seem beyond zealous in the pursuit of extreme ideology. Sadly, in my opinion, Orange Drump (my name for the previous President) has much influence among his party’s followers here.

The other side has candidates who want to dismantle policies designed to make this a productive society with some semblance of rewarding work and not sloth. This group has no respect for the economic rights of individuals and without economic freedom a country has no real freedom.

My conversation with LB, a long-time friend and former colleague, got me thinking about this topic. More than ever, I think the only solution is dissolution.


Supposedly, on this day in 1966, Jensen Motors first showed the Interceptor and its four-wheel drive stablemate, the FF, at the Earls Court Motor Show in England. Interceptor was a name previously used by Jensen and FF stands for Ferguson Formula, after the name of the company that developed the the four-wheel drive system.

Not only was the FF/Interceptor a hybrid in the original meaning of the word in an automotive context, the FF was the first “non all-terrain” production car available with four-wheel drive as well the first car with anti-lock brakes. (The use of the word “hybrid” refers to the fact that the car was designed by a British company with an American drivetrain–Chrysler–and a body designed by an Italian company, Carrozzeria Touring.)

When I was a teenager, I LOVED the way these cars looked. I don’t have quite the same feeling about these cars anymore, but I appreciate their significance.


The Jensen Interceptor: A Classic AWD European Muscle Car


Despite its looks, performance and innovations, the Interceptor/FF was not a commercial success. Including the FF variant, fewer than 7,000 were produced from 1966 to 1976. The fact that Jensen Motors was struggling in the aftermath of the recession spurred by the OPEC oil embargo, as well as the problems with the Jensen-Healey sports roadster, obviously didn’t help. Jensen was placed in receivership in 1975 and the receivers allowed production to continue until the available cache of parts was exhausted, which turned out to be the next year.

I have often written that I do not believe the axiom “If you build a better mousetrap the world will beat a path to your door” is often, or even usually, right. Perception is reality, even if it isn’t.








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6 thoughts on “The Well Is Still (Almost) Dry

  1. I have long liked the Jensen Interceptor, possibly due to the Mopar drive train, but still a good looking auto. It’s a fairly bulletproof combo, Chrysler engine TorqueFlite trans and well proven over the years. To me, the one to get is the 1971 version as Jensen switched to the 440. AND it was also available as a “six pack”, 3 two barrel carbs, factory rated at 390 hp (gross). The six pack was a one year deal as Chrysler quit offering it for 1972. So now you had a quality Grand Tourer, that also had the ability to rip off a long smoky burnout and embarrass many muscle cars in a stop light drag race. A plus for anyone who likes them is that the price for them has held at a “low” for quite a while. The minus would be the cost of some parts, rear window for one.


      1. “How about a modern Mopar Hemi and transmission in an Interceptor?”

        More smiles per mile. 🙂

        I would endorse that swap ONLY if it was a non 6 pack car however. The rarity of the 6 pack option would justify it being retained. If the original engine is gone, then resto mod it would be.


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