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Lot 018: Jaguar XJ6 3.2 Sport

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

Launched to a disbelieving world in 1968, the Jaguar XJ6 still ranks as one of the most significant cars ever made. It's astonishing standards of handling, comfort and silence, coupled with the traditional Jaguar attributes of performance and value for money, immediately made every other car on the road look over-priced and old-fashioned. The car was revised several times over the following years but, so beautifully proportioned was the original design, that it was still recognisably the same car over three decades later. After some issues over build quality in the late '70s and over styling in the late '80s, the XJ6 once again regained its old magic in 1995 with the launch of the X300 - considered by many to be the best looking and best made of all the XJ6s. Under the masterful eye of chief stylist Geoff Lawson (who also penned the dramatic XJ220 and the retro-cool S-Type), the slabby styling of the XJ40 was binned in favour of a return to the muscular curves and quad headlamps that had traditionally defined the big cat's appeal. Powered by the superb AJ16 engine and underpinned by vast improvements in build quality thanks to the deep pockets of new owner Ford, the X300 was a great success. In 3.2-litre form it had 219bhp and a top speed of 140mph with up to 30mpg possible if driven sensibly. First registered in August 1997, this particular car has had just three owners from new and has covered less than 61,000 miles with 10 service stamps to date. An exceptionally clean and tidy example, it comes in a most attractive shade of metallic red with an oatmeal hide interior and ebony wood trim. Being a Sport model it has stiffened suspension, wider wheels and matt black window surrounds in place of chrome. Other equipment includes twin front air bags, air conditioning, Jaguar security system and a radio/cassette/CD system. Taxed and MOTd until July 2012 it is said to drive beautifully and comes with all its original handbooks. These elegant saloons are a pleasure to drive or be driven in and this low mileage example looks huge value at the guide price suggested today.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0DE
TypeCar
Lot Number018
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£2100
Year1997
Condition rating
Registration numberR851 WAW
Mileage-
Chassis numberSAJJPALG3BP812131
Engine number9HPGNB138274
Engine capacity (cc)3239
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2