Lot C536


1974 Jaguar 5.3 XJ12L Auto
Reg. no. JB 9700
Chassis no. 2R2243BW
Engine no. 7P7508SA
The Jaguar XJ range was given a major facelift for 1974, these ‘Series 2’ cars having the distinction of being the last cars on which Jaguar founder Sir William Lyons had an active input before his retirement. Externally, the car now had larger bumpers and a smaller grille, due to American market requirements, while on the inside the biggest change was a much-improved heating and ventilation system – an Achilles’ heel of the old model. Initially available were the long-serving 2.8 and 4.2-litre straight-sixes, plus the 5.3-litre V12 that had first become available in the Series 1 in 1972. The top-of-the-range V12 delivered its 269bhp through a three-speed Borg-Warner automatic gearbox and was good for a top speed of around 140mph – making it one of the fastest saloon cars of the time. With excellent handling to match the performance, and a superbly luxurious interior full of leather and wood, the XJ12 was all the car anyone could with for in 1974.
This low-mileage early Series 2 XJ12 has a well-documented history, showing that its first lady owner owned the car until 1986 and only covered around 13,500 miles. The second owner had the car for three years, and prepared it for Jaguar Drivers’ Club concours events, several of which were won. The third owner purchased it in 1989 at 24,700 miles, and the vendor then bought it the following year, the 1990 MOT recording the mileage as 25,659. He then used the car for ‘high days and holidays’ until around 2001, when it was laid up but still occasionally driven on private land. Unused since around 2011, it now displays just 31,447 miles from new. The engine has not been run since 2011 but has been turned over on the starter. There is some rust to the wheel arches and some micro-blistering on the paintwork – to be expected for a car of this age, even if it is one with such low mileage. Now in need of fully recommissioning before returning to the road, this XJ12 also comes with the private plate JB 9700, which was transferred onto it during the current ownership. It also comes with many old MOT certificates from 1977 onwards, plus various bills and a V5C.

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