The XJC is a rare two door version of the XJ6 four door saloon. When Sir William Lyons began styling exercises for the new XJ models in the mid 1960’s, it was obvious that he had notions of a two door coupe in mind for eventual production. Many of the early mock-ups were based on the two door theme in various shapes forms and sizes. The XJC was the last Jaguar car to be designed and built by Sir William Lyons. In 1969, Sir William took a reject 2.8 litre RHD XJ6 body shell and fashioned it into the XJC. It was tried with both 4.2 and 5.3 engines with both versions becoming known as XJ33 or XJ34, depending on which engine was used at the time.
Automatic and manual gearboxes were also tried using both engines. However, the Jaguar public would have to wait until the introduction of the series II models and well into this series, before production of XJCs could be seen. They were first shown in September and October of 1973 at the London, Paris and Frankfurt Motor Shows. It was announced that both 4.2 litre (6 cylinder) and 5.3 litre (12 cylinder) versions would be available for the 1974 model year.
In the UK market, air conditioning and manual transmission were optional, as were the choice of leather or cloth seats. All coupes were equipped with a black vinyl roof as standard, except for the one which was specially produced for Jaguar’s Andrew Whyte. The actual reason for the standard vinyl roof was not clear, but contrary to urban legend it was not because there was a welded seam in the roof! Most likely it was because the marketing department insisted on it, vinyl roofs were the flavour of the month in the automotive industry at that time.
Sadly the production of the XJC was all too short. After commencement in 1975 the last of these great vehicles rolled off the line in November 1977 although the final 96 coupes were actually badged as 1978 cars.
This lovely 1976 4.2 litre example was first registered on 1st April in 1976 and comes with a large file complete with MOTs and receipts in excess of £25,000. A body restoration was carried out by renowned Jaguar specialist Derek Watson at WATJAG for which the paperwork is present. This extensive work included a full bare shell re-spray, metal restoration and outstanding paint was completed. In addition to this, the engine has been rebuilt and the dash, headlining, chrome and vinyl roof have all been replaced. The brakes, steering, suspension, cooling system and electrical system have also been overhauled in recent years. With few XJCs remaining, and less having been the subject of an expensive restoration, this is a rare chance to obtain this charming British pillarless coupe.