Jaguar XJ12

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EN­GINE 5993cc/V12/OHC POWER 310bhp@5350rpm TORQUE 336lb ft@3750rpm MAX­I­MUM SPEED 155mph 0-60MPH 6.9sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 12-19mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD, four-speed auto MoT May 2017 ODOMETER 75,134 miles

WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE? Power de­liv­ery from the 6.0-litre V12 is smooth and im­me­di­ate, with no coughs or splut­ters upon start up. The brakes de­liver am­ple stop­ping power, bring­ing the car to a halt from speed with­out pulling to ei­ther side. Changes from the au­to­matic gear­box are smooth and quiet and there is no play in the di­rect steer­ing. The sus­pen­sion of­fers a sup­ple ride with­out ex­ces­sive rat­tles or vi­bra­tion. Ac­cel­er­a­tion is swift through the driv­e­train, with no ad­verse noises from dif­fer­en­tials, axles or wheel bear­ings. Av­er­age fuel con­sump­tion, ac­cord­ing to the trip com­puter, matches Jaguar’s quoted 17mpg. BODY­WORK CHECK The wheel arches, sills, door edges and un­der­side ap­pear to be solid and rust-free, but there are some scratches and flak­ing to the Moroc­can Red paint – be­hind the near­side rear win­dow is a par­tic­u­lar sore spot. There are light marks on the rear wings and bon­net and the door han­dles are stiff, sug­gest­ing that the ve­hi­cle may not have been used in some time. There are some light rust spots on the chrome front bumper and moss on the win­dow rub­bers, though the rub­bers them­selves are in good con­di­tion. The twin ex­hausts are un­dam­aged and the 16in al­loy wheels don’t ap­pear to have bat­tled too many kerbs. HOW’S THE IN­TE­RIOR? The cabin is in su­perb con­di­tion, with no tears in the cream leather or peel­ing lam­i­nate on the wooden dash­board. The im­mac­u­late head­lin­ing is new – it was re­placed in Septem­ber 2016 – and the equip­ment, in­clud­ing the orig­i­nal six-CD multi-changer/stereo, elec­tric mem­ory seats, elec­tri­callyad­justed mirrors and air con­di­tion­ing, seems to work as it should. The gauges give ac­cu­rate and healthy read­ings. Car­pets are im­mac­u­late and the boot is clean and dry through­out. The tool­kit is com­plete and lives along­side two spare wheels. The door cards and leather dash­board trim are in­tact and un­faded. UN­DER THE BON­NET In­ner wheel arch cor­ro­sion has been rec­ti­fied in the last 12 months, the brakes have been com­pletely over­hauled and the of­ten trou­ble­some self-lev­el­ling sus­pen­sion has been re­placed by stan­dard dampers. There’s some rust to the un­der­side of the bon­net and some split pipe cov­er­ings, but all en­gine flu­ids are healthy and electrics per­form im­pec­ca­bly. The car comes with a full set of ser­vice records and hand­books. THE CCW VIEW It’s re­fresh­ing to find a Jaguar XJ12 in such strong over­all con­di­tion. The en­gine and driv­e­train are near-flaw­less, the ser­vice his­tory sug­gest­ing that pre­vi­ous own­ers have spared no ex­pense. All this – and V12 power – for less than £7k. Gil­lian Car­moodie

BUY IT FROM The Splined Hub, Unit 8, Oun­dle, Northamp­ton­shire PE8 5PB 01832 275457, www.thes­plined­

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