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1977 Jaguar XJ5.3C

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1977 Jaguar XJ5.3C - 1 Owner since New & 39.000 miles ONLY

A wonderful and most original example of a very under rated motor car

Finished in Fern Grey with Olive hide interior she has the benefit of GKN alloy wheels shod with new VR rated Avon tyres, chrome waist rail strip, chrome bonnet strip with Jaguar leaping mascot and internally adjustable driver and passenger door mirrors

5.3 litres of V12 purring out over 270Bhp and ooodles of torque - good for well nigh 150Mph and smooth as silk too

This is one of the later GM400 gearbox examples (Only 450 of these produced) and so they at last had a gearbox which perfectly suited the smoothness of the engine (earlier cars had a BorgWarner box)

There is a raft of paperwork from the time of the original purchase - both with the supplying dealer and also with Leyland Cars' Managing Director

There were a few issues, as was often the case with Leyland products at this time

The Unions were so belligerent that they would call "All Out" even if the loos had run out of paper!!!!

Nevertheless it is also clear that the original owner was, and still is a perfectionist

Fortunate really because this has led to the car being maintained in such outstanding condition

She was waxoil injected from new in every panel so there is none of the usual rust and she was always serviced by the original supplying dealer

Kept in secure storage for a number of years, he ensured she was on axle stands so that he could jump in, start her and run her through the gears to ensure all was well

He also ran the windows up and down etc so everything which should work still does - incredible really

We have given her a major service and there is also a stainless exhaust system, which of course, should last forever

All of the window rubbers are like new so there is very little wind noise (unusual on these) and the seats have been regularly cleaned and given a good hide food so are still nice and supple - she has NEVER been Connolised, thank goodness

I shall be using her shortly for a week or three to settle her in and also for a little bit of self indulgence too

Well there you have it - an absolute crackerjack

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