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Lot 170 - 1968 Jaguar XJ Series I

Pre Production Chassis 19, First Road registered XJ – Oldest XJ in existence

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ESTIMATE £25,000 - £35,000-

Auction Blenheim Palace July 2015
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Lot Number 170
Reg. Number MWK 286
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Year 1968
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Description

MWK 28G was manufactured around 10th of June 1968 and is a very important example of an early XJ6 with second to none provenance. This car is a pre-production car, chassis 19 out of a total of 20 and the first road registered XJ in August 1968.

It was a press demonstrator known as ‘Press Car 1’ and featured in many magazines of the time and significantly in a 7 page spread in the Daily Telegraph Magazine published on 27th September 1960. Photographs accompanying the article show MWK 28G camouflaged with cardboard and masking tape before being removed to reveal the revolutionary shape of the XJ. The car also featured on the cover of Autocar Magazine on 26th September 1968 and again on 17th April ’69 and has featured in numerous articles since over the intervening decades.

Subsequently the car was tested extensively by Jaguars development team and had a new engine fitted in September 1969 and subsequently sold to its first private owner in 1970. Since then the car has been lovingly maintained and the cars history gathered together. Fortunately the owners maintained the car without resorting to a major restoration which enables it to retain much originality.

The Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust has confirmed that MWK 28G is the oldest XJ in existence and more than likely the most original example on the market. Described as being in good to excellent condition throughout MWK 28G is supplied with a UK V5 document, MoT certificate valid until July 2016 and a huge history file detailing the cars unique story; this is the finest and oldest XJ in existence.

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