|Cars - Jaguar|
|Odometer reading||119,400 miles|
Historics at Brooklands / Brooklands Museum 26th May 2012 Car - 26/05/2012 / 1986 Jaguar Sovereign Series III / Lot 298
The first Jaguar XJ was launched in 1968 and the designation has been used for successive Jaguar flagship models ever since; the original model was the last Jaguar saloon to have had the input of Sir William Lyons, the company's founder. In late 1979, the XJ was face-lifted again and was known as the 'Series III.' Using the long-wheelbase version of the car, the XJ6 incorporated a subtle redesign; externally, the most obvious changes over the Series II were the thicker and more incorporated rubber bumpers with decorative chrome only on the top edge, flush door handles for increased safety, a one-piece front door glass and a grille with only vertical vanes. There were three engine variants, including the 5.3 litre V12 and in 1981, the V12 engine received the new Michael May designed 'fireball' high compression cylinder head engines and were badged from then until 1985 as 'HE' (High Efficiency) models. In 1983, revisions and changes were made across the Series III model range for the 1984 model year, with the Sovereign name being transferred from Daimler to a new top specification Jaguar model, the 'Jaguar Sovereign'. This Jaguar Sovereign V12 was registered on 6 January 1986 as a demonstration vehicle for Beadles of Dartford. In November 1986 the car was sold to Mr C. Willats of Royston who subsequently kept the car until April 2012. All previous MoT certificates make up the comprehensive service history; the original handbooks are present with 15 stamps in the service book. Finished in sage green with doe-skin leather trim, this is a very genuine example of a car that was Jaguar's flagship model at the time. Described by the owner as 'like driving your favourite armchair' and supplied with a V5 registration document together with an MoT test certificate valid until 26 April 2013, this is a modern classic that will surely attract admirers for years to come.