Registration No: PJE 232J
Chassis No: 1U3547BW
MOT: March 2024
Jaguar launched its XJ model range in September 1968 and it was the last Saloon able to boast the input of the company's founder, Sir William Lyons. The XJ was the marque's flagship, the Daimler Sovereign derivative of which was introduced in October,1969, as a replacement for the Sovereign 420. Externally, virtually identical to its Jaguar sibling, apart from its fluted radiator grille and Daimler badging, the new Sovereign was initially offered with the choice of either a 2.8 or 4.2-litre version of the ubiquitous XK DOHC engine. The output of the latter was 245bhp at 5,500rpm - sufficient to waft the luxurious new Saloon to 60mph in a very creditable 8.8 seconds and on to a top speed of around 125mph.
Manufactured on the 21st of December 1970, 'PJE' was dispatched on the 25th of January, 1971 and supplied to its first owner, 'Slater Donning Swann', by Wallis & Son of Cambridge. Today, the Sovereign still presents in Dark Blue paintwork with a Black leather interior, as per the JDHT Certificate information on file. The vendor's father actually sold 'PJE' brand new in 1971, when he was a director at Wallis & Son, who were, at the time, main distributors for Jaguar Daimler, Rover, Land Rover and Triumph, Lancia and Rolls-Royce. Now displaying some 102,000 credible miles, in recent years, the Sovereign has benefitted from a glass-out restoration (c.2017), and done very little mileage since, with a large photographic record of the restoration process on file. The wheels have also been refurbished and shod with new tyres and the head gasket was done, along with a replacement alternator assembly, thermostat, hoses plugs and oil filters in July of 2022, with an invoice from Jagutek Ltd on file, for just shy of £3000. 'PJE' is offered with some original literature that includes a colour chart, sales brochure, poster and wiring diagrams. With a current MOT running into March of 2024, there is also a collection of old MOTs dating back to 1986 (at 66,473 miles). Additionally, there is the owner's wallet, handbook, a collection of invoices from the c.2017 restoration work and the aforementioned JDHT Certificate.
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