Posh trade puts XJ V12 luxo-barges back in fash­ion

Classic Cars (UK) - - Chasing Cars -

There was a time when the big­drink­ing, big-rust­ing V12 XJ was a hard sell. But that seems to be chang­ing. The posh Lon­don trade is now push­ing prices of fine low-mil­ers up to £20k and soak­ing up the ready sup­ply of Ja­panese im­ports.

Ex­clu­sive Clas­sic Cars in Bur­ton upon Trent has a 1990 Daim­ler Dou­ble-six in West­min­ster Blue, 24,000 miles with his­tory for £16,995 while Sey­mour Pope in Herts has a per­fect ’91 import in So­lent Grey with just 10,000 miles for £19,940. Look hard and you can still find tempt­ing price ab­nor­mal­i­ties like the 47,000-mile Dorch­ester Grey ’88 with Mc­carthy Cars in Croy­don for £7995 or the ’92 23,000-miler with The Car Ware­house in Cleve­land for £9999. Both very fair money for what’s fast be­com­ing a very de­sir­able Jag. The silky 12-pot, gor­geous cabin and hand­some Pin­in­fa­rina-tweaked lines (best in darker colours) make this the most re­fined XJ of all, good for 147mph and 60mph in 7.5 sec­onds. I’m not usu­ally a fan of Jap im­ports but in this in­stance their salt-free roads means repa­tri­ated cars are less rust-prone than UK ver­sions. Cor­ro­sion round the screens can be ex­pen­sive, head­lin­ers al­ways sag and head gaskets can fail. Dou­ble-sixes are slightly more de­sir­able than Sov­er­eign V12s but it’s all about con­di­tion. As a luxo-clas­sic for the week­ends that can also cope with brisk stints on mo­tor­ways these slinky 5.3 sa­loons take some beat­ing. Many years ago I could have bought Mar­garet Thatcher’s of­fi­cial Sov­er­eign V12 from a BCA sale for just £4000. And there was I think­ing it was too ex­pen­sive.

VALUE 2012 £7500 VALUE NOW £10.5k

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