1968 Jensen Interceptor MkI

In September 1968, Eric Morecambe – one half of Britain's all-time favourite comedy duo 'Morecambe and Wise' – walked into Charles Follett of Hampstead Ltd. to collect his new Jensen Interceptor MkI Coupé, finished in Crystal Blue with black leather in exchange for £4,500. At the time it was one of the most expensive sports cars in the world, styled by Carrozzeria Touring of Italy – it was roughly double the price of an E-Type and cost more than the equivalent Aston Martin.

It was the first car of any significant value that he had ever owned and he was enormously proud of it.. 'FJH 5G' was to play a significant part in his life story as two months after purchase he was to have his first heart attack in the car whilst appearing in Leeds, aged just 42. On the way to the theatre, he felt unwell and pulled over to the side of the road to ask for help from one Walter Butterworth, who then drove Eric to Leeds Infirmary and helped save his life. In recognition of this heroic help, Eric told the story in his own inimitable style some five years later on the Michael Parkinson show.

Silverstone Auctions will be offering this very special car, at their NEC Classic Motor Show Sale between the 11th-12th November, its estimated value is between £90,000 - £110,000. For more information on this and other vehicles at the sale, click on the link below. Photos courtesy of Silverstone Auctions.