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Lot 016: Daimler XJ40 3.6 LWB

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (16 May 2012)

Introduced in 1986, the XJ40 range was the most intensively researched car that Jaguar had ever launched and over 200m was invested in its production. Indeed it was the most advanced car ever to be designed and built in Britain with microprocessors controlling many functions of the car. It also had many innovative features including the "J" gate gear selector, vacuum fluorescent gauges on the dashboard and a 'VCM' computer with dot matrix read out. The Daimler was the top of the range model fitted with every extra including features such as leather upholstery, air conditioning, ABS, burr walnut trim, remote central locking, cruise control, electric windows, electric sunroof and extra chrome. The Daimler even had heated door locks for those cold winter mornings. This model was only made with a 3.6-litre engine mated to a four-speed automatic transmission which produced 221bhp and 240lb/ft of torque with respectable fuel economy. Test models clocked up 1.24 million miles in Arizona summer heat testing, 1.1 million miles in Canada winter testing, 1.8 million miles in Australia heat and dust testing, in addition to 750,000 miles on the high-speed Nardo circuit in Italy and other general road tests. All this hard work paid off and the car proved exceptionally reliable in use. The XJ40 consistently outsold all its rivals in 1989 becoming the most popular executive car of the late eighties. This particular vehicle is a rare long wheelbase Daimler XJ40 3.6, which was supplied new by Grange of Exeter on 2nd March 1989 to a wealthy former WW2 Spitfire pilot living in Barnstable at a cost of 35,000. The vendor states that the car is in outstanding original condition throughout and it is hard to believe that it has covered some 124,447 miles during its 23 years history (average of 5,400 miles a year). The condition of the metallic red coachwork, magnolia doe skin leather and burr walnut interior is exceptional for its age. The car is said to drive superbly and comes with a very large service history file including the original bill of sale and delivery note together with a full service history record comprising 16 stamps to date, the most recent just 200 miles ago. The braking system has recently been overhauled with new pads added to the rear. All 20 old MOTs are included and the current MOT expires in April 2013 with tax valid until the end of July. Recently fitted with five new tyres, it is ready for immediate and daily use.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0DE
TypeCar
Lot Number016
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£1600
Year1989
Condition rating
Registration numberF707 LDV
Mileage-
Chassis numberSAJDKAH3AA574094
Engine number90PAMA174029
Engine capacity (cc)3590
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors