– extremely rare Daimler Vanden Plas 4.2 Series II in fantastic colour combination
– exactly as shown in the original sales brochure: aubergine with champagne-coloured leather
– one of only 2 known Daimler Vanden Plas LHD with long wheelbase and XK engine
– verifiably € 27,000 invested in recent years in maintenance and repairs
– walnut veneer dashboard and door panels, elegant vinyl roof
– complete history, matching numbers, extremely comprehensive collection of documents
– from collection, German registration documents, valid technical approval, historic plates
– the only truly comparable car was sold at auction in 2015 for € 25,000
– simply a breathtakingly beautiful British luxury sedan
The XJ may be regarded as Sir William Lyons’ masterpiece. It was the last car the co-founder of the Jaguar company designed, and what he had created in 1968 turned out to be perennial: The luxury sedan was built over 24 years with only minor modifications regarding the bodywork.
The XJ effectively replaced not only the S series, but the 420 and Mk II along with it, becoming the sole Jaguar saloon and one of the best known British motorcars. At first, only the XJ6 was available, but in 1972, a 12-cylinder version was added, the XJ12, at that time the world’s only mass-produced 12-cylinder sedan.
The first major facelift for the 1974 model year brought raised front bumpers and, consequently, a flatter radiator grille which made the XJ appear even more slender and elegant.
In 1979 the XJ was facelifted once more, incorporating a mild redesign by Pininfarina while largely retaining Sir Lyons’ original lines. Over the whole production span, around 318,000 XJ6 and XJ12 were produced, among them a small proportion as the even more luxurious Daimler Vanden Plas variant, which was – apart from the radiator grille – both technically, as well as optically almost identical to its sibling models by Jaguar.
One of the pecularities of the XJ is that it is equipped with two separate fuel tanks positioned on each side of the boot, each with its own chrome filler cap and a changeover switch on the dash.