Lot 286 - 1977 Jaguar XJ 12 C
|Engine Number||7P 33939 SB|
|Odometer reading||85,200 miles|
|Estimate||£17,000 - £22,000|
The first Jaguar XJ was launched in 1968 and the XJ designation has been used for successive Jaguar flagship models ever since. The original model was the last Jaguar saloon to have had the input of Sir William Lyons, the company's founder. After the series 1 and 2, a relatively short run of two door XJ coupés with a pillarless hardtop body called the XJ-C was built between 1975 and 1978. The car was actually launched at the London Motor Show in October 1973, but it subsequently became clear that it was not ready for production and the economic troubles unfolding in the western world at this time seem to have reduced further any sense of urgency about producing and selling the cars. They finally started to emerge from Jaguar showrooms only some two years later. These were priced higher than the four-door car so immediately were relatively exclusive. The profile of these sought after touring cars was so attractive, with windows down, that they are often hard to find in good condition.
Manufactured on 25th June 1977 and registered in September 1977 this has to be described as one of the very best examples of an XJ C we have ever seen. Beautifully finished in Squadron blue with original dark blue leather interior, the coachwork combined with the chrome is extremely pleasing to the eye and it is clear to see this car was cherished by its previous owner since 1990. The history file is impressive documenting restoration work by Priory Place Automotive Limited and Nigel Cooper Coachwork Restoration whilst the majority of servicing and maintenance was carried out by A K Walters and Jag Shop London all of which combine to offer a very reassuring service history. Offered with a production record trace certificate and Jaguar Driver's Club Valuation Certificates with an MoT test certificates showing no advisories valid until September 2016, this is a rare opportunity to own a very sought after Jaguar in impressive condition.