Jaguar XJ12 - Auction 24/5 For Sale by Auction (1979)
Estimate: (£) 1,000 - 1,500
Reg Number: UFR180V
Chassis Number: 2R4811BW
Engine Number: 36531
Body Colour: White
Trim Colour: Cream
MOT ExpiryDate: T.B.A.
Jaguar launched its XJ model range in September 1968 and it was the last Saloon able to boast the input of the company's founder, Sir William Lyons. The first of the XJ12s - versions powered by Jaguar's 5.3-litre V12 powerplant - saw the light of day in July 1972. At the time, it was the world's only mass-produced 12-cylinder car. With a top speed of around 140mph, it was also the fastest full, four-seater. The autumn of 1973 saw the first of two facelifts for the model range. At the time, there was the option of short and long wheelbase variants, but a year later the short wheelbase derivative was dropped and all subsequent Saloons benefited from the extra 4-in of cabin space of the LWB version. The second facelift occurred in late 1979, the major visual changes of which included thicker bumper rubbers, flush door handles, one-piece front-door glasses, a revised grille with only vertical slats and a change of roofline with shallower glass area.
This 1979 XJ12 LWB is finished in White and trimmed in Cream leather. The vendor describes the bodywork as "fair", the paintwork as "poor", the interior trim as "excellent" and the V12 engine and transmission as "good". The Jaguar comes complete with lots of old bills and MOTs.
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