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1976 Jaguar 4.2 XJ-C

Highlights


  • Increasingly Rare
  • Pillar-less profile
  • Original Factory Vinyl Roof

The Appeal


The XJ-C was an unusual sight on our roads even when new as it was made in low numbers and for such a short time of just over two years. Held back after its unveiling in 1973 due to manufacturing difficulties and the economy the achingly beautiful coupe finally went on sale in 1975. This one, therefore, represents a rare opportunity to buy what was reported to be William Lyons’ favourite Jag. A gorgeous colour combination of black with red interior and with the original matching vinyl roof still intact makes for a stunning car. 

A good supply of invoices shows the car has been cared for and the current owner has spent considerable amounts on refurbishing the entire braking and suspension systems. Resprayed 10 years ago maintaining the original black scheme, the car presents itself well. Our owner has also spent time and money on a new headlining and carpet throughout giving the interior a fresh feel. The white-walled tyres may not be to everyone’s taste but they do help the car cut a striking image, particularly when all the windows are rolled down.



The History and Paperwork


  • Resprayed approximately 10 years ago
  • Renovated braking and suspension
  • Replacement Carpeting
  • Replacement Headlining
  • Various MOT certificates
  • Extensive work list from Specialist 
  • Current V5



The Interior


  • Recently re-carpeted
  • New Headlining
  • Working Sunroof
  • Reupholstered Head restraints

The interior provides that classic red contrast against the black of the exterior. Freshly re-carpeted and with a new headlining, the interior feels fresh and new. The dash appears in fairly good condition with only some minor lacquer peel around the glove box and all the instruments are in place and seem to be functioning as they should. The electrically operated sunroof works as it should and the all-important side windows function properly to reveal the signature pillarless profile.



The Exterior 


  • Deep gloss black coachwork
  • Repainted approximately 10 years
  • Original matching Vinyl roof
  • Whitewall tyres

You can’t beat a car that is big, black and shiny, and that is just what this Jag is. It has been treated to a new coat of paint around 10 years ago which provides a good depth of shine today. The bodywork is not completely blemish free, however. There are some break-outs of corrosion appearing at the bottom of the front wings and on the top leading edge. These are far from being unusual places for rust to develop on the XJ series and could be easily rectified. The front valance below the bumper would need attention to complete the Jag’s appearance. Beyond those issues and the odd parking ding, the paint has a good depth of shine and is seemingly free of micro-scratches and swirls that can plague glossy black. The white-walled tyres add a welcome contrast to the exterior and seem to amplify the luxury appearance of the car. The vinyl roof is in very good condition and helps retain originality, particularly as many XJ-Cs lose their vinyl roof during restoration.



The Mechanics 


  • 4.2-litre engine
  • Recent extensive service
  • Refurbished brakes
  • Refurbished steering
  • Large invoice for mechanical work in 2020

The glorious 4.2 engine is at the heart of this Jaguar and as soon as it came into the present owner’s hands it was treated to a thorough service. At this point, the car was also treated to an extensive overhaul of the brakes and steering culminating in a hefty invoice totalling £4000. Although not driven, the engine started with the customary ‘ting’ from the starter gear and settled into a smooth and quiet idle. The automatic gearbox slid from drive to reverse without issue and the owner informs me that on driving, the box changes gear smoothly. The cooling system has had some attention too as the radiator has been re-cored during the last service. There is evidence of previous servicing and MOTs but not a full history. That said, the mechanical aspect of the Jag intimates that it has been looked after during its life and the mileage would suggest relatively low usage.



Summary


Jaguar has been that quintessentially British luxury manufacturer for generations and the XJ series sits as a firm favourite for so many Jag enthusiasts. The two-door Coupe was produced in low numbers at just less than 10,000 over the short two-year production run. This made them a rare sight back in the 70s let alone now. Driving a pillar-less car is a delight when cruising a summer road with all the side glass lowered, but when one looks as divine as the XJ-C, it’s a look that’s hard to beat. This one has received quite a substantial amount of work in the essential mechanics and although the 10-year-old paintwork may require a little attention in the future, this car looks wonderful. Shining black body, sparkling chrome, white-walled tyres and that contrasting red interior, there’s no better way to be driven about than in this Jaguar XJ-C.



Vehicle specification
  • Year 1976
  • Make Jaguar
  • Model XJ-C 4.2
  • Colour Black
  • Odometer 67,335 Miles
  • Engine size 4235
Listing Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Location Lancashire
  • Country United Kingdom

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