Lot 259 - 1973 Jaguar Series II XJ12 (Short Wheelbase)
|Odometer reading||861 miles|
|Estimate||£15,000 - £20,000|
- Owned by the vendor for the last 34 years
- A very good honest straight example
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’.
Despatched from Jaguar Cars on 28th December 1972 to Henlys in Bournemouth and registered on 3rd January 1973, this Jaguar has been owned by the vendor since 1st June 1988. The Old English White coachwork is in good order as is the blue leather trim, it should be pointed out that the headlining is suffering from the usual sagging. These mighty Jaguars were outstanding cars at the time, the level of luxury, smoothness and prestige set the standard for others to follow. A good history folder accompanies this XJ12 short wheelbase with invoices dating back to 1992. The vendor has clearly looked after this Jaguar, with the car residing in a carpeted, heated garage. She has been used little of late and will require some light recommissioning. This is a very honest good straight example, the vendor even went to the extent of having a badge bar fitted in a unique way. Offered for sale for the first time in 34 years this XJ12 will attract admiring glances wherever she appears.
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