The Restoration Show Sale 2014

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1972 Jaguar XJ6 2.8 Saloon

Lot No.: 136

Registration: YFJ 865K
Chassis Number: 1G 125 52 DN
Engine Number: 7G 21258H
Number of cylinders: 6
CC: 2792cc
Year of Manufacture: 1972
Sold for (£): 575

Launched in September 1968 and advertised on television featuring Sir William Lyons himself describing the car as "The finest Jaguar ever" in reference to 1969's Daimler variant, the Jaguar XJ had a role to clarify the four previous Jaguar saloons into one recognisable and desirable series. Only 19,322 of this smooth and powerful straight six 2.8 were ever built - with significantly fewer still surviving today.

Our car, registered in June 1972 and fitted with the desirable overdrive, has been in the same ownership of a delightfully eccentric anglophilic Frenchman since 1988 - an incredible 26 years of sole ownership in the vehicle's total of 42. Stored in a dry barn/warehouse alongside predominantly British siblings such as Jensens and Range Rovers, she represents a wonderful restoration opportunity in particular because of a sound chassis.

A definite restoration "must" for those who can wistfully recall their parents, friend, and relatives marvelling and struggling in equal measure at Jaguar's twin and independently lockable fuel tanks positioned high on the rear quarter, either side of the huge boot you knew could hide 2 or 3 bodies if the car ever fell into the 'bad guys' hands!

These cars lived up to their mantra of "Grace, Space and Pace", with perhaps a welcome "trace of disgrace" to propel them into the pantheon of increasingly rare and charismatic British engineered icons.

Chassis 1G 125 52 DN is offered with a V5 document.