Lot 132 - 1978 Jaguar XJ12, Series II, (5.3 litre)
|Odometer reading||25,401 miles|
|Estimate||£4,500 - £6,000|
|Result||Sold - £7,000|
The Jaguar XJ6 was the long awaited replacement for both the Mk. X, S-Type and Mk. II saloons of the 1960's. The XJ had an all-new body that utilised the legendary XK engine initially in either 2.8 or 4.2 litre form. Independent rear suspension was essentially a modified design from the previous saloons. The XJ debuted in 1968 and was produced in three different Series through until 1992. It was the last Jaguar to have direct development input from the company's founder, Sir William Lyons. At the launch, he referred to the new XJ saloon as "the finest Jaguar ever". It was indeed very well received and set new standards for ride quality and comfort in its class. A new flagship model was announced in July 1972 featuring simplified grille treatment and housing the mighty 5.3, V12 engine used in the E-Type. The car as presented at that time was the world's only mass-produced 12-cylinder four-door car, and was able to boast a top speed "around 140 mph".
This example is a late Series II XJ12 in red with period black vinyl roof and tan leather upholstery. The history file contains photographs from approximately 12 years ago of the car in a Jaguar showroom surrounded by then new generation Jaguar XJ models. The original Owners wallet is present and includes the original Leyland Cars Service Passport which documents annual servicing up until July 1982 at which time the car was recorded as having done just 8,005 miles. There are 12 MoT test certificates which chart the cars progress from 11,389 miles in 1987 through to 22,198 miles in November 1999 and then in June 2007 an MoT testing station recorded the mileage at 25,157 miles. The car has passed a further four MoT tests since but has continued to be very little used. The most recent was in March of this year with less than 50 miles travelled since. Consequently today, this fine example has a remarkably low mileage of just 25,401 well documented miles. There were no advisories issued on the certificate from the last MoT test so the car is presented in good order throughout and ready to be shown and enjoyed. This comes from a small private collection of British cars and with two sets of keys. it is worth considering the very high attrition rates of the mid 1970's Jaguar saloons, combined with values of sister E-Types climbing so steeply recently, indicating that such a scarce and super-low mileage V12 XJ could make a very shrewd investment for the discerning collector.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.