Sold for £39,375
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: OAC 788P
Chassis No: 2J2223BW
Entered from the private collection of Roy Hatfield who still has vivid memories of surviving the Sheffield Blitz during WW2, the entire sale proceeds for this lot (including H&H’s buyer’s premium) are being donated to the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.
Jaguar's original XJ Saloon (retrospectively dubbed the Series 1) and its Daimler counterparts were introduced in 1968 and were the last models to have the personal input of Jaguar's founder, Sir William Lyons. The striking two-door pillarless Coupe derivative was first shown five years later, at the 1973 London Motor Show. Production was heavily delayed, however, and did not get fully underway until 1975. The newcomer was based on the short-wheelbase Saloon and featured suitably lengthened versions of the standard car's doors. There were two engine options - a 4.2-litre version of the ubiquitous DOHC XK unit and the 5.3-litre V12. The smaller-engined version came with the choice of manual or automatic gearbox. The silky smooth suspension was independent all round, braking by discs at each corner, and steering by rack and pinion. A total of 10,426 Jaguar and Daimler Coupes were produced before production ceased in 1978 - 8,214 were bestowed with the 4.2-litre engine.
1 of just 2,606 Jaguar XJ-C 4.2 cars made to right-hand drive specification, chassis 2J2223BW was completed on 10th May 1976 and despatched to Henlys of Coventry that same month. The subject of extensive mechanical and cosmetic restoration over the years, including conversion to four-speed manual plus overdrive transmission, the Coupe appears to have undergone a full respray in 1987 followed by a gearbox refurbishment, replacement boot panel and further paintwork some four years later. A stainless-steel exhaust has been fitted by S.N.G Barratt, while the accompanying history file also references more recent work encompassing: a thorough body / paint restoration, overhauls of the engine, overdrive and brake system, new bumper chromes and fresh battery (2021) plus new springs, dampers, tyres and rear wheel / trunnion bearings.
This decidedly handsome XJ-C is offered with its original handbook, 2 sets of keys, tool kit, a collection of invoices and old MOT certificates. Although, there are no details on file a HPi check revealed that the Jaguar had previously been an insurance ‘write off’. Given its current condition and the level of refurbishment it has received we suggested that the Coupe by submitted for assessment by Autolign Inspections in May 2022. The Jaguar duly passed and as such has been removed from HPi’s Condition Alert Register and placed on its Condition Inspected Register instead. A wonderful classic car in its own right the XJ-C is being sold for a very worthy cause. We would like to thank Mr Hatfield for his magnanimous gesture and hope that the bidding is equally generous.
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