1978 Jaguar XJ series II CoupeSOLD
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Estimate: ú4,000-7,000

Sold: ú7,175

The XJC is a rare two-door version of the XJ6 four door saloon. When Sir William Lyons began styling exercises for the new XJ models in the mid 1960's, it was obvious that he had notions of a two-door coupe in mind for eventual production. Many of the early mock-ups were based on the two-door theme in various shapes forms and sizes. The XJC was the last Jaguar car to be designed and built by Sir William Lyons. In 1969, Sir William took a reject 2.8 litre rhd XJ6 body shell and fashioned it into the XJC. It was tried with both 4.2 and 5.3 engines with both versions becoming known as XJ33 or XJ34, depending on which engine was on board at the time. Automatic and manual gearboxes were also tried using both engines. This #1 prototype was supposed to be scrapped but somehow it escaped the crushers. After spending a few years in England it now resides in Queensland, Australia. However, the Jaguar public would have to wait until the introduction of the series II models and well into this series, before production XJC's could be seen. They were first shown in September and October of 1973 at the London, Paris and Frankfurt Motor Shows. It was announced that both 4.2 litre (6 cylinder) and 5.3 litre (12 cylinder) versions would be available for the 1974 model year. Nevertheless, the result is a car that although not as quiet as a regular saloon, is still reasonably so. In the UK market, air and manual transmission were optional, as were the choice of leather or cloth seats. All coupes were equipped with a black vinyl roof as standard equipment, except for the one which was specially produced for Jaguars Andrew Whyte. The actual reason for the standard vinyl roof was not clear, but contrary to urban legend it was not because there was a welded seam in the roof! Most likely it was because the marketing department insisted on it, vinyl roofs were the flavour of the month in the automotive industry at that time. Sadly the production of the XJC was all too short. After commencement in 1975 the last of these great vehicles rolled off the line in November 1977 although the final 96 coupes were actually badged as 1978 cars.

Originally bought by the vendor at 19,000 miles, so enraptured was he that he drove it right up until the 51,000 mile mark that it shows today. During that time, significant works have been undertaken including a full bodyseal/Waxoil, the installation of Lumination electronic ignition, new discs, bearings, shock absorbers, springs and bushes. Topside also, improvements have made; the replacement of the windscreen has taken place as well as the front and rear window rubbers. Always a problem given the air pressure acting on that particular area. It was repainted in 2002 and is described as good to excellent in every respect by the vender. The car will be presented with a full 1 year MoT and 6 months tax and represents a most elegant and unusual long distance tourer.

Reference Number 10868

as of 7/5/2007

Car 1978 Jaguar XJ series II Coupe
VIN 2G-1575BW