1973 Jaguar XJ12L


The Jaguar XJ needs no introduction, it was and still is what a luxury saloon car should be, providing sublime ride quality, comfort and brisk performance.

This example is a series 1, long wheelbase car, featuring the V12 engine brought in late into the series 1 production run to provide a higher performing model compared to the XJ6. The quad-carburettor fed V12 is a wonderful engine to enjoy, and will happily encourage you to drain both fuel tanks in a rapid manner. That said, on a motorway these cars can happily return fuel economy in the mid-teens, so they may not be as ruinous to run as you might have been led to believe.

During the car’s stay with us, we’ve sought to improve it mechanically to bring it back to a standard that means it drives like an XJ12 should. This includes replacing one of the fuel pumps (the other looks to have been replaced recently), replacing both fuel tanks, rebuilding all four carburettors, replacing both cam cover gaskets, the rear main rope seal, a full service, the rear radius arm bushes and other associated works. This car is now a good, useable example that would benefit from regular use to keep it in good running condition, and it would also benefit from minor cosmetic improvements.

The exterior of the car generally presents well, with minor paint imperfections or bodywork damage. There is a small patch on the upper bonnet which shows an obvious paintwork repair, and some small dents and dinks around the car, including on the upper edge of the boot lid. The chrome hub caps do have some signs of rust, and the other bright work (such as the bumpers) does have some light pitting. The car is in a condition that would lend itself to being used regularly without having too much worry of the car being too pristine to use.

The interior of the car is also in a nice condition comparative to similar cars, and unusually for an XJ, this car retains its head rests. The seats are in good condition with no rips and tears, and little in the way of discolouration.

The history file contains no paperwork before 2005, so we cannot guarantee the mileage for this car as genuine, but we do know that since 2005 it has covered just over 7,000 miles, with MOTs from 2005 – 2011, and 2013 – 2015, after which point the owner elected to not MOT the car due to its exemption. The car is supplied with a current MOT to help give any potential purchasers peace of mind. The car also comes with a heritage certificate detailing the car’s original specification of fern grey over tan, and that the car was manufactured on 29th December 1972, meaning the car is very close to its 50th birthday. Also supplied with the car are copies of invoices for both work carried out prior to its arrival with us, along with parts invoices for the work we have carried out, detailing quite a lot of expenditure in recent years.

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