John Steed’s famous wide-bodied Jaguar XJ-C, in Racing Green, is coming up for auction with H&H on 14 October with an estimate of £10,000-12,000. It was the eighth XJ-C built, and originally an experimental model featuring a Broadspeed body kit and extra-wide wheels fitted for the TV series.
Dry-stored for many years and now in need of restoration, the car is being sold with this (and last) year’s buzzword of ‘barn-find’ attached for good measure. The car was built in 1973, and registered as an ‘XJ12 2 Door Saloon, Chassis #2G 1008 (1973), Experimental Car – Project XJ36’, and the first owner was the Jaguar Experimental Department. Its original colour was Lavender, but in 1976, it was Body Modified for The New Avengers, when it was also painted in Metallic Green.
In Episode 11 of The New Avengers, Steed memorably raced down this single-seater
Currently, the Broadspeed replica is looking a little worse for wear, but in better shape than most fans feared, as the rumours were that the car had been left to rot since last changing hands in 1991. The 5.3-litre V12 is going to need work, as is the bodywork, but for those with a penchant for the more interesting aspects of Jaguar’s history, this looks like a tempting proposition.
Damian Jones, Sales Director of H&H Classics, said: ‘Who of us who remember the series did not at one time or another fancy ourselves at the wheel of this car? Now there is a chance to make that fantasy a reality for a very nominal amount. And who knows, maybe the chance to find a modern-day Purdey in the passenger seat!’
The XJ12 as it appeared on The New Avengers
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