Comedian’s car sold after restoration

Eric Morecambe's Jensen Interceptor Mk1.
Eric Morecambe's Jensen Interceptor Mk1.

A classic car first owned by comedian Eric Morecambe has been sold for £28,000.

The 1968 Jensen Interceptor Mk 1 had to be driven to hospital by a young soldier after Eric had a mild heart attack driving through Batley in Leeds, as discussed on Parkinson featuring Morecambe and Wise years ago.

The car was bought by a Belgian car enthusiast and lovingly restored to be sold by Richard Appleyard Engineering Parts Ltd, Jensen car specialists based in Ilkeston, Derbyshire. The new owners of the car are Silverstone Auctions.

The car left the Jensen factory on Kelvin Way, West Bromwich, on September 23, 1968 and was delivered to its very first owner, Eric Morecambe.

Included with the car which was sold was the factory history file and the book “Driving Mr Morecambe” by Eric’s chauffeur Mike Fountain which features the Jensen.

Mike Fountain, Eric’s chaffeur, said: “It’s a beautiful car, if I had the money I’d buy it myself.

“Eric used to sit screwed up in the back. I believe a Jensen will be featured in the next James Bond film.”