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 Squadron Blue, with a complementary tan interior, was delivered new in the UK in 1976. Grateful must the first owner have been for his luxury purchase with air conditioning – readers might recall the summer of 1976 being one of the hottest on record in the British Isles.
Described by the vendor as being in excellent condition in all respects, including engine, body, chassis, interior, transmission and paint, our own inspection clearly provides us with a similar opinion. Offered with all relevant road paperwork and sundry documentation.