The story so far...JIA was formed in April 2010 exclusively to develop the Jensen Interceptor R series. Managing Director Tony Banham has successfully led engineering and service companies for over twenty years. He is supported by Charles Dunstone, of Carphone Warehouse fame. As well as being one of Britain’s most successful businessmen, Charles is currently the chairman of the Prince’s Trust. He is the proud owner of a Jensen Interceptor R and was keen to invest in the business and join the board of JIA when invited to do so.
At the end of its first year, JIA had largely succeeded in its business plan. Having established its supply chain (over 20 different companies) and developed detailed production and quality standards for the new cars, it rebranded the cars from Interceptor S to Interceptor R.
Crossing its first anniversary with 11 cars in build, and with a steadily growing order book, JIA has shown that there is a market for a unique, hand-built, powerful Grand Tourer based on an original 1970s icon.
Articles in all of the major motoring magazines have been supportive of the project and helpful in terms of development. Much more activity is planned for the coming months with articles due to appear in GQ magazine, Top Gear magazine, the Sunday Times and the Financial Times ‘How to Spend it’ magazine. Also, negotiations are well underway with Top Gear television programme.
JIA is based in Thame, Oxfordshire and intends to build a maximum of 18 cars per year.