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Lot 060: Jaguar XJ12 S2

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

Just eleven years after the launch of the E-type, Jaguar stunned the world with another machine capable of nearly 150mph, only this time the car was a four-door saloon! Launched in July 1972 the new car, known as the XJ12, looked nearly identical to its six-cylinder sister car, the XJ6, which must have surprised a few autobahn users as it hurtled past. Heralded at launch as the "Best Car In The World", its astonishing standards of ride and refinement humbled even Rolls-Royce, and it was the only mass-produced 12-cylinder four-door car on the market. The XJ12 shared its magnificent engine with the new V12 E-Type and in early carburettor form developed some 253bhp, sufficient to whisk the car to 60mph in just 7.4 seconds on the way to an effortless 145mph. The cabin was trimmed to the usual Jaguar standards with elegant woodwork to the dash and leather seats. A Series 2 version was launched in 1973, now with fuel injection, a more modern dash, improved heating and ventilation and a higher front bumper to comply with tougher pedestrian safety regulations. Just 16,060 S2 versions were made before it was replaced with the less characterful S3 in 1979. Good ones are surprisingly rare today and you could wait a long time before you see another one for sale. First registered in March 1977, this Fern Grey example was bought new from Evans & Cutler Jaguar agents in Totnes, Devon, by a Mr M Smerdon who was to keep the car right up until January 2010. Throughout this time the car was always kept garaged and, as a letter from Mr Smerdon in the history file confirms, it only covered 18,000 miles in his 33 years' ownership. The current vendor acquired the car in July last year and had it fully serviced including plugs, belts, filters, fluids etc. It has only covered some 500 miles since and is said to be in outstanding original condition throughout with an MOT until April 2013. Supplied with its original handbooks and a fair amount of history, this remarkably preserved car, with an indicated mileage of just 18,586 at the time of cataloguing, is worthy of the serious Jaguar collector.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0DE
Lot Number060
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£5000
Condition rating
Registration numberTFJ 152R
Chassis number2R-4444
Engine number32507
Engine capacity (cc)5343
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors