1978 Jaguar Series II Coupe
Lot 320
1978 Jaguar XJ6C 4.2-Litre Coupé, Chassis no. to be advised Engine no. to be advised
Sold for £9,775 (US$ 16,430) inc. premium
Lot Details
1978 Jaguar XJ6C 4.2-Litre Coupé

Registration no. UVO 970S
Chassis no. to be advised
Engine no. to be advised


  • 'Jaguar's introduction of the XJ6 transformed the standing and repute of the make, and in contrast with the days when it used to cost about £500 in instant depreciation just to put a new Jaguar on the road, it became one of Europe's most wanted cars. Demand gave it lasting value; indeed for the first few years, much more than the new cost had to be paid for second hand ones.' – Autocar.

    Launched to much acclaim in 1968, the XJ6 refined concepts embodied by previous Jaguar saloons to create a car rivalling the best offered by Mercedes-Benz. The six-cylinder XK engine was available in either 2.8-litre or 4.2-litre forms initially, the latter capable of propelling Jaguar's luxuriously appointed flagship to a top speed of 120mph-plus. 'In its behaviour it gets closer to perfection than any other luxury car we have tested, regardless of price,' enthused Motor magazine. There was a choice of either four-speed manual (usually with overdrive) or three-speed automatic transmission. In 1975 the range was extended by the introduction of two-door XJ6C and XJ12C models. Built on the shorter of the two available wheelbase lengths, the newcomers boasted a single door each side that was some 4" longer than the front door of the four-door model. Both the door and side windows could be wound down, resulting in a most attractive pillar-less look. However, the prohibitive expense of getting its two-door bodyshell to meet United States safety regulations meant that the Coupé version never went on sale in the USA. Consequently the model is one of the rarest of the XJ family, being produced between 1975 and 1977 only.

    One of only 6,505 4.2-litre Coupés built, this automatic-transmission example was completely restored by the previous owner, though there is no supporting documentation. Finished in blue with beige leather interior, the car is offered with Swansea V5 registration document. A rare opportunity to acquire a good example of this appreciating modern classic.

Saleroom notices

  • The registration number for this vehicle is printed incorrectly in the catalogue, it should be UVO960S.
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