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Lot 159: Jaguar XJ12 L Series II

Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend, Coys (14 July 2012)

In 1973 the Series 1 XJ12 was replaced with the similar-looking Series 2. Externally, the changes were subtle - the front bumper on the S2 was raised and the grille made shallower as a result, and some minor trim alterations took place around the bootlid and rear bumper area. The driver, however, would sit behind a totally new dashboard, designed with more than a nod to ergonomic considerations, answering another criticism of the Series 1 cars which had a more traditional, haphazard, layout. The XJ range now started with an all-new 3.4 litre engine, a 4.2, and of course the range-topping 5.3 V12 as fitted to the car offered here today.

The XJ12 was a triumph of even greater proportions than the XJ6 and was Sir William Lyons' crowning achievement. He had set out to imitate the most expensive cars, with styling that suggested rather more performance than his cars really had. He was now producing a car that gave these eminent manufacturers a run for their money in any department you cared to name - style, performance, refinement, comfort and the use of traditional materials. Performance, not surprisingly, was superb and Jaguar could now claim that the XJ12 was the fastest production four-seater in the world. That maximum speed was just short of 140mph, whilst 60mph could be reached in 7.4 seconds.

First registered in March 1977, this fine XJ12 is supplied with a plethora of documentation including a letter from the first owner of 33 years confirming mileage of only 18,000 miles in 2010. Supplied new by Evans and Cutler, Jaguar dealers in Devon, this fine Fern Grey example was always garaged while with its first owner and is supplied with the original documentation wallet, hand books, warranty card, service history passport as well as a V5 document and an MoT certificate valid until May 2013. The owner informs us the car drives beautifully and is described as being in superb original condition.

This towering V12-engined model topped the Jaguar range and today fine examples are becoming increasingly sought after by collectors. The tradition of Jaguar Cars, Pace, Grace and Space is well exemplified here.

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace,Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
Lot Number159
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£7670
Condition rating2
Registration numberTFJ 152R
Chassis number2R 4444
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