The XJ series were the flagship of Jaguar cars since 1968 and, in fact, was the last to have any input by Sir William Lyons, its founder. Built in very limited numbers between 1975 and 1977, the handsome coupe version of the XJ saloon was offered with either the 4.2-litre six-cylinder or 5.3-litre V12 engines.
Built on the same wheelbase as its four-door siblings, the coupes' pillar-less side window treatment and thicker rear pillars made for supremely elegant styling. Mechanically the XJ5.3C was based on the Series II XJ12, meaning it benefited from the latest Lucas electronic fuel injection to boost power from 250 to 285bhp.
Performance of these Jaguars was in the super car league with a top speed of around 150mph and they even had a brief competition career, the Broadspeed built XJCs waving the British Leyland flag in European Touring Car Championships during 1976-77.
Production of the XJ5.3C was curtailed by the introduction of the new XJ-S and just 1,855 were built - making them a rare commodity today and this rarity, combined with massive performance and superb looks, will ensure values continue to climb in years to come.
Body: 2 Doors Coupe
Exterior: Squadron Blue
Interior: Tan Leather
Driver's Side: RHD
Indicated Mileage: 16601 Miles (5 digits Odometer)
Location: Hong Kong
Registration: Hong Kong Registered, 0 Previous Owners
This motor car: This is a rare-to-find Squadron Blue over Tan Leather Interior Jaguar XJC Coupe, featuring a restored 5.3 Litre V12 and effortless Automatic Transmission. An original UK car that was imported and registered in Hong Kong last year. Showing 16601 Miles on its 5 digits odometer. A partially restored example, with original interior, repainted exterior and kept in an excellent mechanical condition. This car comes with the tools, owner's manual, maintenance and radio card. This example is ready to enter a new stable. Available for viewing by appointment for serious interest only.
A classic and elegant pillar-less coupe
The last car with input from Sir William Lyons
Partially restored example that needs nothing other than to be driven and enjoyed
Classic Insider condition score: 80 points out of 100
Original. Partially restored and maintained. The exterior benefited from a relatively fresh coat of paint and mechanically sound. The alloy wheels have no curb marks and shod with fresh tires. The Interior is original, seats, dash, carpets and door cards showing patina, correct for the age. Although no service history was supplied, the vendor described the car as always serviced and mechanically excellent. The engine bay is kept clean and tidy. Owner's book pack presented.
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SERVICE HISTORY HIGHLIGHTS
BACKGROUND AND HISTORY:
After the series 1 and 2, a relatively short run of two door XJ coupés with a pillarless hardtop body called the XJ-C was built between 1975 and 1978.
The car was launched at the London Motor Show in October 1973, but it subsequently became clear that it was not ready for production and the economic troubles unfolding in the western world at this time seem to have reduced further any sense of urgency about producing and selling the cars. They finally started to emerge from Jaguar show-rooms only some two years later. These were priced higher than the four-door car so were immediately relatively exclusive. The profile of these sought after touring cars was so attractive, with windows down, that they are often hard to find in good condition.
The XJC V12 Coupe has remained something of a niche item despite its good pedigree, overshadowed by the E-Type which it shares the same 5.3 Litres V12 Engine. The coupe was based on the short-wheelbase version of the sedan, offering a 4.2-liter V8 or a 5.3-liter V12, the latter better known as the Daimler "Double Six." Given the cars' cost and the dire economic conditions of the time, production of the XJC V12 stayed low. Total production was 1,855 V12-engined XJC coupes during the entire production run.
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