Lot 205 - 1986 Jaguar XJ12, Series III Vanden Plas
|Odometer reading||8,765 miles|
|Result||Sold - £8,400|
The first XJ was launched in 1968; a designation which has been used for successive Jaguar flagship models ever since, and was also the last Jaguar saloon to have had the input of Sir William Lyons, the company's founder. In late 1979, the XJ was face-lifted and was known as the 'Series III.' Using the long-wheelbase version of the car, the XJ6 incorporated a subtle redesign by Pininfarina. Externally, the most obvious changes over the Series II were flush door handles for increased safety, a one-piece front door glass, a grill with only vertical vanes and a revised roofline with narrower door frames and increased glass area. The introduction of the Series III model also saw the option of a sunroof and cruise control for the first time on any XJ models and, of course, the option of that creamy 5.3 litre, V12 engine.
This fabulous example was originally was ordered by Mr. Joseph Sikorski (of Helicopter fame) through Jaguar/Saab dealer, Cooke Motors, Calgary, British Columbia. Enclosed is the original supplying dealer invoice of CAN$56,000. Optional extras included heated seats, radar detector, body mouldings, Jaguar floor mats and a large leaping Jaguar mascot. The body colour is Tungsten Grey with Saville Grey leather interior throughout. Sikorski then relocated himself and his family to England however the attachment to the car was so strong, he had it air-freighted as well. It was delivered to HR Owen in 1998 at 69,856km where, as per type approval, a new speedometer head and necessary other conversions were completed. Paperwork exists to back up the original mileage of 43,406 combined with the more current 8,765 to total just 52,171.
The car was then sold Mr. W. Howell in November 2005 with 5,212m recorded and has very little use since although the MoT test history was kept up to date with a total use of just over 3,500m in the past ten years, during which time, it was stored in a dehumidified garage. It has recently undergone a total brake replacement (with calliper overhaul) including new front and rear discs and pads, rear inner discs, a major service with all oils, filters, plugs, the ignition system replacement with new HT leads, coils and distributor caps, fuel pump replacement and front suspension top mounts as well as a new battery. It will be supplied with a current V5C, a new MoT test certificate as well as a Jaguar/Daimler Heritage Certificate-all detailed in 40 page presentation folder.
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