The Salon Privé Sale 2017

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1975 Jaguar XJ6 Coupé

Lot No.: 270

Registration: HEK 4N
Chassis Number: 2J.1314BW
Engine Number: 8L13765-S
Number of cylinders: 6
CC: 4.2
Year of Manufacture: 1975
RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Sold for (£): Unsold

Produced in very low volumes and built between 1975 and 1978, the XJ Coupé was based on the short-wheelbase version of the XJ and both the door and side windows could be wound down resulting in a most attractive pillar-less look, Both six and twelve-cylinder models were offered, 6,505 of the former and 1,873 of the latter. 

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, as early road tests had revealed that with thin glass and no 'B' post, the windows wouldn't form a proper seal at speed resulting in excessive wind noise. It was some two years before the coupés started to emerge from Brown's lane headed for Jaguar showrooms around the country. Similarly, getting the two-door bodyshell to meet stringent US safety regulations proved impossible and the car was never sold in America meaning that these Coupés are now the rarest models in the XJ family.

This stunning example was the subject of a total body restoration during the 1990s and appears to have been dry stored ever since.  The restoration was of the engine out, gearbox out, glass out, bare metal repaint variety and whilst the body was undergoing preparation, all the suspension and ancillaries were rebuilt, or where necessary, renewed with Jaguar parts. In effect, this car has undergone a total nut and bolt rebuild with full details in the ownership file. The history file also includes consecutive MOTs from 1987 through to the current day which corroborates the mileage of just 78,000.

The restoration is ageing well, with the Old English White paintwork retaining a good shine and the shut lines look factory fresh. The Everflex roof appears nicely stuck down and all the chrome is excellent. The deep red leather seating is gently patinated, the dashboard is excellent, and the red carpets are in good order. A wood rim steering wheel lifts the cabin and the original radio and 'Super 8' cassette player (complete with Abba cassettes) are available to complete the look should it be preferred to the modern one currently fitted. Lightly used by our vendor for almost four years, during which period it has covered only 3,000 miles. It has been fully maintained by Jaguar specialists during this time, with around £3,500 recently being spent on a new radiator and overhaul of all the electrics and brakes.

An ideal opportunity to acquire a well-restored example of a limited production British luxury coupé with excellent investment potential.