Barons’ annual Jaguar Heritage sale is always a pleasure for fans of the leaping cat looking for new wheels. For 2012, a strong lot list has already been amassed in the lead-up to the sale, and there’s something for all budgets – assuming you can afford to fuel one of Browns Lane’s multi-cylinder beauties right now.
Now that it appears that Jaguar Mk2s are on the move again after a period in the doldrums, the excellent (and rare) XJ S1 is looking increasingly termpting. This XJ12 (the rarest of the rare) is described by Barons as the oldest running example in the UK, and it should still be able to show a clean pair of heels to far more esoteric machinery, thanks to that lusty and refined V12 under the bonnet.
It as bought by its second owner in 2009, and was recommissioned at a cost of £6000, and since then, has been regularly serviced (and used!). With heritage certificate and pre-’73 build, this seems seems criminally undervalued at its £9500-11,000 estimate.
Also worth a look is a remarkably original 1979 Jaguar XJ-S. It was bought from Mann Egerton in King’s Lynn by George Wilson. The service book records regular servicing until his death in 1982. The car then became the property of his wife, Ivy Wilson, who used the car rarely until her death in 1995. Her son, David Rawkins, then took over the car. He used it very infrequently and kept it in a dry garage. The tax disc in the windscreen expired in 1999. David sadly died in January this year, and the car is offered for sale on behalf of his widow.
There is no evidence of accident damage (nor any recollection by the family of any accident during the car’s life). The vendors agent states that some attention to the areas of the paintwork, which is showing some superficial rust, would restore the car to immaculate condition. The last main agent service was in November 1982, when the car had recorded 17,589 miles. After that, servicing was performed by the farm workshop and details were not recorded. At some stage the speedometer must have been replaced, as there is a service recorded in 1996 at 6997 miles, and the current reading is 7466. Estimate is £1500-2500.
Both are most definitely worth a look if you get your kicks via a V12…
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