1978 Jaguar XJ12C Coupe 2G1522BW
Lot 676
1978 Jaguar XJ12C Coupe 2G1522BW
Sold for £8,855 (US$ 13,927) inc. premium

Lot Details
1978 Jaguar XJ12C Coupe 2G1522BW 1978 Jaguar XJ12C Coupe 2G1522BW 1978 Jaguar XJ12C Coupe 2G1522BW
1978 Jaguar XJ12C Coupe
Registration no. DSX 954S
Chassis no. 2G1522BW
Engine no. 7P-346285A
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. Although introduced with XK six-cylinder power under the bonnet, it had always been Jaguar's intention that its flagship saloon would accommodate the new all-alloy V12 engine that had debuted in the E-Type sportscar, and the resulting XJ12 duly appeared in July 1972. With a top speed of 145mph courtesy of the 5.3-litre V12's 272bhp, the newcomer combined high performance with a level of luxury un-matched by many a less-accommodating Grand Tourer costing several times as much. The prohibitive expense of getting its two-door bodyshell to meet United States safety regulations meant that the Coupe version never went on sale in the USA, Jaguar's biggest export market. Consequently the model is one of the rarest of the XJ family and highly sought after today by collectors. Nevertheless, the authoritative magazine Road & Track did manage to test a prototype XJ12 Coupe to US specification in 1976, enjoying the experience immensely: "All XJs are a fine cross between a Mercedes-Benz and an American sedan, combining the precision of the German with the light effort of the American car, giving Jaguars a gracefulness that no other luxury car can duplicate."
One of just 2,244 12-cylinder Coupes built between September 1973 and November 1977, this highly original, automatic transmission example has enjoyed just two (family) owners from new. Finished in Squadron Blue with well preserved, original beige leather interior, the car is presented in generally very good condition, having covered just 22,500 miles in total. The vehicle is offered with stamped service book, owner's handbooks and Swansea V5 registration document.
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