Offered from a single owner collection 1987 Jaguar Sovereign 3.6-Litre Saloon Registration no. D40 FHP Chassis no. SAJJHALH3AA506117 Engine no. 9DPAMA108785
Jaguar grasped the nettle bravely in 1986 with the launch of an entirely new XJ6 - code-named 'XJ40'. The new XJ's outward similarity to the old one masked a host of improvements: a simpler bodyshell constructed from fewer panels, new advanced anti-corrosion technology, increased passenger and luggage space, and revised suspension giving superior ride and handling. In addition, two new six-cylinder engines replaced the long-running XK series; these were the 3.6-litre, 24-valve, twin-cam AJ6 already seen in the XJ-S and a 2.9-litre single-cam unit. In the early 1990s, these two were replaced by AJ16 24-valve units in 3.2 and 4.0 litres capacity, both of which would find their way into the updated X300 Series introduced for 1995. In line with established practice, the 'Sovereign' version took its name from the range-topping Daimler variant and came with just about every conceivable optional extra incorporated as standard. Autocar reckoned its Sovereign test car was the best XJ6 yet, finding that the new engine was 'now notably smoother and quieter in the mid-range and virtually inaudible at motorway speeds.' The respected motoring magazine returned performance figures of 0-60mph in 8.3 seconds and a top speed of 140mph, bettering the opposition from BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Finished in blue with grey leather interior, and benefiting from a factory fitted sunroof, this particular Sovereign was supplied new by Jaguar Cars Ltd of Browns Lane, Coventry on 23.07.87 as a personal export sale to Sheikh Hamdan of Oakley Street, Chelsea, London SW3. Accompanying documentation consists of a service book stamped up to 24.07.02 at 29,788 miles; a quantity of invoices; vehicle acceptance sheet addressed to Sheikh Hamdan; further hand written receipts; and expired MoTs dating from August 1990 to September 2008 confirming the recorded mileage total of 43,421 as genuine. Acquired by the Collection in October 2008, the car is described as in generally first class condition and offered with an original sales brochure, MoT to September 2012 and Swansea V5C.