Jaguar XJ12 Sovereign LWB, 1987
Jaguar XJ12 Sovereign LWB, year 1987. Colour silver metallic with a black leather interior and grey carpet. This beautiful Jaguar XJ12 is in excellent original condition, like new! The Jaguar has known only two owners, and the car has driven 145.000 kilometres from new. The durable V12 engine and the automatic gearbox feel like they have been just run in. This XJ12 with long wheelbase (LWB) offer ample space for the passengers in the rear. The car shows only the tiniest signs of use, very remarkable! This fine XJ12 Sovereign features original alloy ‘pepperpot’ wheels and the original toolset is present.
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The Jaguar XJ was presented in the year 1968 as Jaguar XJ 6 (series 1), the XJ V12 was introduced in the year 1972.
The Jaguar XJ combines the qualities of a sports car and a limousine in one car. The XJ has excellent road holding capabilities, is very fast and powerful, is very comfortable and last but not least very silent. All these characteristics are united in the most timeless and delightful sporty limousine design Jaguar has ever drawn.
The Jaguar XJ was also manufactured as Daimler Sovereign. The Daimler was meant to be less sporty and more a luxury limousine for buyers who appreciated sheer comfort.
Series 1 was built between 1968 and 1972, series 2 between 1973 and 1979. Series 3 is still a young timer and was built between 1979 and 1991.
The Jaguar XJ series 3 was redesigned on details; the roofline was lifted (more headroom for the rear passengers), slightly remodeled rear-wings, integrated door-handles, new bumpers with plastic trimming and integrated lamps, new rear-light clusters and several interior changes.
12 cylinder V-engine
cylinder capacity: 5343 cc.
Multipoint petrol injection
capacity: 254 DIN bhp. at 5250 rpm.
torque: 369 Nm. at 2750 rpm.
top-speed: 233 km/h.
acceleration 0-100 km/h: 9,5 sec.
weight: approx. 1950 kg.
Though the Jaguar brand was first used in 1945, its factory had been founded long before. In 1922, William Lyons and William Walmsley laid the foundation of the firm in Blackpool, England, with the name of Swallow Coachbuilding Co. The factory constructed motorcycles and sidecars and later bodies based on the Austin Seven chassis. When in the 1930s their own SS cars were built, the company name was changed into SS cars Ltd.
The SS cars were conventional saloons and drophead coupes in the way many other British brands built them.
For obvious reasons, After World War II the company name SS Cars Ltd. was changed into Jaguar Cars Ltd. It was the birth of the now famous and popular make of Jaguar.
The pre-war SS models were sold under the name of Jaguar until 1948, and in this year the saloon, the MK-V, and a sports car, which was the much talked of XK 120, were brought onto the market.
The XK 120 was very successful, and established the fame of this name as one of the icons in the history of motorcars. The XK 120 could reach 120 miles an hour (almost 200 km/h), which made it the fastest production car of its time. Moreover, the XK 120 cost much less than the other comparable production models by Aston Martin and Ferrari.
In 1951 and 1953, Jaguar won the 24-hour of Le Mans with a racer based on the XK 120, the Jaguar C-type. It made the name outright immortal. Success was continued the next years with the Jaguar D-type, which surpassed its competitors with its disc brakes.
The XK sports car series was a success and the XK 120 was succeeded by the XK 140 and XK 150 over the years. The deluxe saloons were a spur to victory with the introduction of the MK I in 1957 and the MK II in 1959. This self-willed, streamlined sedan was a real ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’. The car was fitted with the powerful 3.4 litre XK six-cylinder engine, which was good for reaching a top-speed of about 200 km/h.
In 1960, Jaguar took over the British Daimler, and from that time onward it used the name of Daimler for its deluxe, comfort-oriented models, and the name of Jaguar for its sporty cars.
In 1961, the famous Jaguar E-Type was born. The E-Type was inspired by the D-Type racing car from the fifties. Like the XK, the E-Type was an icon in the history of car making, with an almost alien design and excellent technology. The E-Type appeared as a roadster, as an FHC (Fixed Head Coupe) and as a 2+2. They also built some special lightweight E-Types to prolong the racing successes of the past. However, they did not succeed as competitors had copied the technical achievements of the D-Type.
In the production of the deluxe saloons, a large MK X was added to the MK II, and the contiguous S-Type, the 240/340 series and the 420/420G series were brought onto the market.
In 1968, the Jaguar XJ was designed and though evolved in many ways, the XJ is available to this very day.…
In 1971, a V12 engine was added to the Jaguar E-Type, and later in the Daimler Double Six and the Jaguar XJ 12. At that time, it was the only twelve-cylinder engine in serial production in the world.
In the mid-seventies, the E-Type had to clear the field and besides the XJ, the special-lined 2+2 came onto the market. It was the XJS. This car was also available as a convertible.
So far the classic period. In the future the Jaguar history from 1980 will be filled in.
© Marc Vorgers