European design made them pretty, Detroit V-8s made them fast


Youtube provides plenty of evidence that anyone with a napkin sketch, a TIG welder, and some 4130 chrome-moly tubing can make a car chassis. Building an engine to power that chassis is another matter. Napkin sketches don’t cut it when tolerances are measured to the zillionth. You also need a rail line to bring you a steady supply of iron ore, plus a blast furnace, a foundry, and heaps of casting sand. And a whole wardrobe of fireproof clothing. Overhead, in other words. What’s a low-volume car manufacturer to do?

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2018/06/06/european-design-made-them-pretty-detroit-v8s-made-them-fast


A quick correction … the Interceptor was designed by Federico Formenti, under the direction of Carlo Bianchi-Anderloni, at Carrozeria Touring. The concept sketch signed by Formenti still exists. However, Touring could not build the cars at that point, so initial production was done by Vignale instead. In due course, it was moved to Jensen itself.