The XJ12 model (which, along with the short wheel base Daimler Double Six, carries the code name "X305") featured the same trim level of the Sovereign, but was powered by the 6.0 L version of the Jaguar V12. It is visually differentiated by the rear boot-lid "XJ12" badge, a "V12" insignia inlaid on the passenger-side dashboard wood panel, a "V12" badge on each B-pillar, chromed door mirrors and a gold-coloured Jaguar crest at the top of the radiator grille surround. Only available transmission was a 4-speed automatic GM 4L80-E.
XJ12 came with 225/55-16 tyres on 8-inch wide wheels and sports suspension, which explains the height difference between the two models.
I bought this car for its engine having had a few XJR X308s and X350s and getting a bit bored of them.
My wife was to use this car, but found it longer and lower than anticiapted. After all the work that has been completed I was just going to keep it as an occasional vehicle and convert it to a manual, but due to a change of circumstances and the introduction of the the ULEZ this is just unfeasible. I suspect that I will get less than 50% of the cost of getting this functioning again - but hopefully someone can get the benefit of the work I have had completed.
The rear seats look unused, the front drivers seat is worn and could do with re-staining, but it isn't torn.
List of work completed:
Tyres x 4
Shock Absorbers all around
Refurbished Power steering pump
Crank shaft sensor
Gear box oil
Brake pads (incl. parking brake pads)
Rear wheel arch repair (see photos)
Spark plug leads
After all this work, it should just be normal yearly minor maintenance.
Just driven the car after it being locked away - started first time. Sports mode working fine. Very smooth and very responsive. No rattles. Mechanically spot on - for the right deal I will put it through another MOT
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