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1978 Jaguar XJC V12
Lot No.: 303
Registration: PEJ 44S
Chassis Number: 2G-1568BW
Engine Number: 36129
Number of cylinders: 12
Year of Manufacture: 1978
Estimate (£): 26,000 - 30,000
(+buyer’s premium of 15% including VAT @ 20%)
The Coupé incarnation of Jaguar's ground-breaking XJ saloon didn't peek from showrooms until 1975, although it had been announced publicly rather earlier, back at the 1973 London Show. Its original design dated from even earlier still as it was developed alongside the original Series 1 XJ back in the late 60s and in fact the company even issued project numbers for the Series 1 Coupés- XJ33 for the six-cylinder and XJ34 for the V12- although they were destined never to be produced. Instead, the car was launched in Series 2 form known as XJ35 and XJ36 respectively. However, a combination of Sir William Lyons' frequent tweaking of the design and engineering 'issues' with the roof panel and side windows, meant that it was early 1975 before the first XJ-Cs would glide stylishly out of Jaguar Showrooms.
These Coupés are elegant motor cars and PEJ 44S is no exception. The paintwork looks generally good with a little attention required here and there, and the chrome and brightwork look excellent. The car is fitted with a sporty, leather-rim, Moto-Lita steering wheel and a period Sharp cassette player and the interior looks comfortable and in good order. The engine bay on these V12 cars can be a bit of a nightmare, however, this one looks particularly tidy and well cared for. The book pack contains the original service records, sundry invoices, manuals(including radio), and a spare key.