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 on board 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 XJC’s 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. Nevertheless, the result is a car that although not as quiet as a regular saloon, is still reasonably so.
In the UK market, air 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 equipment, except for the one which was specially produced for Jaguars 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 very tidy right hand drive XJ C 5.3 V12 presented in Squadron Blue with Blue Leather interior was first registered in September 1977. Purchased from Michael Moore Specialist Cars in Surrey and coming with an extensive history and paperwork file the car has been lovingly privately owned from 1990 by one keeper. With extras including: electric Windows, heated rear windscreen, climate control, Burr Walnut trim, Grundig Radio and Tape Deck, this car was one of the most luxurious of its time. Rear brake discs, pads and hoses and
handbrake pads were replaced in 2010, and in 2011 the brake master cylinder and rake hoses were changed along with new exhaust Manifolds.