The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 197
1976 Jaguar XJ12C

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1976 Jaguar XJ12C


• High-style, luxuriously appointed V-12 Grand Tourer
• “Garage find”; Texas vehicle from new
• Very rare as 1 of only some 1,800 produced 1975-1978
• Warranty book included with original purchase details

5,343 cc SOHC V-12 engine, Bosch-Bendix-Lucas D-Jetronic electronic fuel injection, 244 HP (SAE Net), Borg-Warner three-speed automatic gearbox, four-wheel independent suspension, power-assisted hydraulic disc brakes (rear inboard); wheelbase: 108.75”

Rooted in a distinguished lineage dating to 1968, Jaguar’s full-size XJ-series luxury models were the last saloon cars from Coventry benefiting from the priceless input of company founder, Sir William Lyons. While the XJC two-door coupe variant debuted at the 1973 London Motor Show, it was in fact developed alongside the original Series I XJ during the late 1960s, with internal project numbers assigned for the Coupes – XJ33 for the 4.2-litre six-cylinder model, and XJ34 for the V-12. Based on the Series I short-wheelbase platform, the XJC was first offered as a 1975 model, with the 162 HP six-cylinder cars designated XJ35 and the top-echelon 244 HP V-12 XJ12C internally coded the XJ36 by Jaguar.

Intended to compete directly with the contemporary “New Generation” hardtops from the upper end of the Mercedes-Benz model lines, the XJC delivered excellent performance for such a large, highly equipped luxury tourer. Amenities included plush leather upholstery, rich walnut interior accents, and smooth, turbine-like power from a choice of Jaguar’s renowned DOHC six-cylinder or SOHC V-12 engines. Production of the XJC continued through 1978 in the UK, with some Jaguar authorities citing total XJC production of some 1,800 in total, with the ultimate V-12 XJ12C the rarest due to high purchase price and ongoing concerns around the OPEC oil embargo of the 1970s.

This 1976 Jaguar XJ12C is a very rare and interesting “garage find.” Factory-equipped with a Borg-Warner automatic gearbox, the Jaguar is verified by its warranty booklet to have been delivered new via Jaguar distributor British Motors of Monterey, California to Norman Foster Investments, Inc. of Corpus Christi, Texas on December 31, 1976. According to an insurance letter on hand, the car was under the ownership of John M. Anderson, also of Corpus Christi, by 1981 and the Texas license plates on the car indicate the Jaguar was last road-registered in 1984. Highly complete and intact, the Jaguar shows the wear consistent with regular use when newer and, at some point, it has undergone some electrical work and comes with a spare wheel and tire, plus the aforementioned documents.

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