Lot 236: Jaguar XJ12 Saloon
The demise of the 4.2, S3 XJ Saloon in 1987 was seen, by many enthusiasts, to be the death knell for Jaguar Cars, especially when its replacement was unveiled. The "Three Box" XJ40 had lost any sign of traditional Jaguar styling, the ubiquitous XK engine was gone and the legendary, independent rear suspension, which had been envied by every other luxury manufacturer, was also lost. The only chink of light was the V12 S3, which remained until 1993.After 8 years of the XJ40 and with the input of Ford money, the X300 was launched. This redesigned XJ40 was a revelation and showed that there were still people at Jaguar who remembered what made a Jaguar a Jaguar. The majority of the X300's were six cylinder cars, probably over 95% but there were a few 6.0 V12 versions, which now represent quite ridiculous value for money.The later 6.0 V12 was a much more efficient unit than the earlier unit. With the silky smooth power delivery and legendary Jaguar interior fittings the X300 V12 was an outstanding performer in every department.This 1995 example is offered complete with MoT certificates dating back a number of years and a service booklet containing 10 service stamps, the last on 23 March 2006 at 89547 miles. It is said to be in good, all round condition is finished in metallic cobalt blue with stone hide interior and is equipped with the usual options associated with this luxury express.Over £60,000 when new, barely run in and can now be bought for around 5% of its original cost.
Barons, Sandown Park - Esher Surrey
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