– sublime 1988 Jaguar XJ 12 Sovereign
– only two owners from new
– 5.4-litre V12 engine with 217 kW (295 hp) and automatic transmission
– unwarranted mileage of 158,000 km
– totally classic colour scheme: British racing green with light beige leather interior
– burlwood dashboard, centre armrest
– rare Blaupunkt Denver SQM 108 radio with “swan neck” control unit on board
– power windows, trip computer
– Spanish registration documents
– already eligible for registration as a historic vehicle
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.
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.