The XJ12C really represented the end of the bespoke, hand-built specialist luxury British super-coupe. With its 5.3 litre V12 engine, stylish hand-finished 2-door coupe bodywork, they were the definitive stylish machine for captains of industry, television and movie stars and giants of popular music.
They exuded British style and panache in a way that the American and European offerings of the time just couldn’t compete with – an American touring coupe of the time: too brash, too loud. A similar German machine of the period: Emotionless and Teutonic. Yet the Jaguar had it all. Such a broad variety of roles this machine played that they were seen at the top of the competitive ladder with the V12 Broadspeed racing versions, and arguably on a level with James Bond himself. Britain’s most stylish secret agent, John Steed, drove an XJ12C in “The New Avengers”.
This particular example is beautifully finished in a very patriotic British Racing Green, with a complementary beige interior, was delivered new in the UK in January 1976. Having benefitted from a comprehensive rebuild in 2014, the car has been driven little since and is described to be in an overall very good condition. There is a heritage certificate, old MOT’s and plenty of history in the file but most importantly it is said to drive beautifully.