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2005 Jaguar S Type 2.5 SE  Two owners, 55,000 miles
1986 Jaguar Sovereign 4.2  One of the very last, 69,000 miles
1993 Jaguar XJS 4.0 Coupe- 34,000 miles
1986 Jaguar XJ6- Manual 3.4- 34,000 miles
2001 Jaguar XK8 Convertible- 37,000 miles
2004 Jaguar S Type 2.5 SE- One owner, 54,000 miles


UK Registered Vehicles

Daimler Super Eight 2006 £ 21, 750
This rare, very top of the range model has a firmly established market with those choosing complete luxury alongside the ultimate in super charged performance. We find these Daimlers attract customers seeking  a vehicle which surpasses even the most richly appointed Jaguar, and also those wishing to drive a more compact and discreet alternative to a Bentley or Rolls Royce. With just a few hundred cars produced in total, there is the appeal of rarity especially for low mileage examples. With rear folding business tables, built in dvd players to the head rests the cars  provide a special experience for passenger as well as driver. This particular example has the rarer individual back seats with electrical adjustment for maximum comfort. Finished In Indigo Blue with ‘ruched’ Cream Hide piped in Sable, there is a full main dealer service record with this car and a total mileage of just 45,000 since. New. Appointed agents HA Fox have just carried out a ‘health check’ inspection so there is peace of mind with this purchase.

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Jaguar Sovereign 2.7 TDi 2007 £ 19, 995
For devotees of Jaguar’s big XJ who see it as the ultimate British executive car, this represents one of the last opportunities to purchase a prime example of the traditional styled flagship saloon. The pedigree could hardly be better with just one owner from new who returned this Jaguar to Stratstone each year on time for servicing despite covering an extremely low mileage of just 14,000 since new. Being a Sovereign, this is top of the range for luxury and comfort, and as a standard wheelbase example, it will appeal for daily use. Finished in pearlescent Blue Prism with Walnut veneers, Ivory SE Rouched Hide piped Black with Black carpets, this has a sporty edge to match the impressive performance. In terms of condition, this is the most perfect example we have handled.

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Jaguar XK8 2002 £ 17, 995
Apart from offering a superb driving experience, retro appeal with the original XK8 design puts it on track to be tomorrow’s classic. The attractive frontal aspect was heavily influenced by the ancestral E Type, and its interior has appeal with the stylish, deep wood veneered dash board and exceptionally comfortable bucket style seating. We purchased this prime example directly from the owner and it comes with a complete main dealer service record. A health- check report has just been carried out on this Jaguar for the future owner’s peace of mind, and the car will be newly serviced by main dealer HA Fox. Finished in Phoenix Red with Oatmeal Hide and the more luxurious ‘classic’ interior, it’s warranted and very well documented low mileage of 19,000 since new would make this a car difficult to find again. The condition is close to pristine in all respects.

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Daimler V8 2000 £ 5, 750
The considerable uplift in price for a Daimler when it was new has meant they are far rarer than Jaguars. Top of the range specification offers all the goodies such as electric heated seats, electric sunroof and cruise control while the level of trim was the most exclusive available. This Daimler’s leather is soft Auto lux and this particular car has ruched inserts and distinctive coffee piping which was an upgrade. The wood has gold inlay, fold down picnic tables are fitted to the rear compartment, and the carpets are protected by wool rugs. Externally the flued chrome and flatter faced alloy wheels distinguish this from the Jaguar models. We received this car in part exchange with 110,000 miles and driving very nicely with a consistently stamped service record- Merritts the supplying agent in the earlier years and then well regarded specialist Marina Garage, Bournemouth who have known the car since. The body work, interior, engine compartment and trimmings belie this car’s age and mileage, and it all presents beautifully. As a longer wheel base, this would be great weekend car, practical daily driver or could easily be used for chauffeur and wedding work. Attractively specified in Sapphire Blue with Ivory Hide, this offers outstanding value for such a stunningly presented well maintained, ultra-prestige car.

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Jaguar X Type 2.5 AWD Sport Estate 2006 Reserved
Supplied to the previous owner, we have taken this back in part exchange against a later example. Rarer and sought after with All Wheel Drive, this adds greatly to the practicality of this vehicle in all weathers and terrains. The car is very appealing with ‘sport’ specification which includes full leather. Finished in metallic Black with Black upholstery, this is a smart looking machine which is in great condition for the age. The mileage is 93,000 with a stamped service record and file of invoices- a new set of Pirelli tyres were recently fitted and the car is both newly serviced and thoroughly valeted.

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Daimler Double Six HE 1990 £ 11, 995
Initially, this car was used overseas in a warmer climate so it is not surprising to find it so well preserved. Almost certainly garaged to protect it from strong sunlight, the leather is still supple, the wood work has a deep shine and paint lustre is still pin- sharp. The panel work is exceptionally straight and chrome work excellent. In 2012 the car returned to England, and it has had one private owner since. The mileage of 54,000 is exceedingly well supported with a stamped service record and this provides further evidence of it being a cared for example throughout its life. Mechanically, the car is tight and performs well with all electrics functioning. Being a Daimler, it has the individually sculptured firmer seating, fluted grilles, smart chromium side flashes and Kent alloy wheels.  Finished in Jade Green with Parchment Hide, this is an attractive colour scheme only seen on the rarer, late Series Three models.

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Jaguar XJ6 3.2 Sport 1997 £ 6, 995
The AJ16 engine has earned its favourable reputation for durability and ease of maintenance, though it was only fitted to the XJ saloon for three years in the X300. This ‘sport’ version with colour coded grille is a head turner in Antigua Blue with black window surrounds and ivory hand painted coach lines. The interior is immaculate with  Ivory Hide contrasting darkened veneers and black carpeting. This is a two owner example has been in the hands of the previous lady owner  since it was 18 months old. With just 35,000 miles covered since new, the condition of this car is truly amazing in all respects.

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Jaguar Sovereign 4.2 1985 Reserved
The third and final generation of the classic, original XJ, this is the most useable choice as it offers a significant step forward with the level of equipment and refinements on board. As a top of the range Sovereign, this model has air conditioning, electric front seat adjusters, on board computer, pepperpot alloy wheels, electric sunroof, lambs’ wool over rugs and electrically adjustable mirrors. Significantly this particular car was produced in the post Leyland, John Egan era where the finishes are known to be better than with the earlier Series Three cars. We first purchased this example from a Volvo dealership six years ago where it had been traded in by the original owner with just 14,000 miles covered since new. We then offered it to long standing client who we knew would offer the best home. Since then the car has spent most of the time in the ideal storage environment of a Central London underground car park while the owner is overseas. At his instruction, we have started and driven the vehicle every few weeks during his absence. When used by its owner, the car has been driven mainly for longer, pleasure journeys within the UK and France. Reluctantly sold only due to the owner’s relocation, we have re- purchased the car with just 17,000 miles covered  from new. As a vehicle which has been used sparingly but consistently on the road from day one, its immaculate condition will meet the highest expectations. Finished in Regent Grey with Saville Grey Hide, this is a smart colour combination which is as fashionable today as it was back in the 1980’s.

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Jaguar Sovereign 4.0 1989 £ 6, 995
With designs of the Eighties having passed through their unloved phase, the crisp, defined lines of this model look elegant and distinctive against modern chunky designs. In its time. the XJ40’s chrome embellishment looked sparse against the preceding Series Three, but it now stands out as generous against later Jaguar models. As one of the first revised XJ40s, this signifies nothing but improvement- aside from a larger and smoother 4.0 superseding the 3.6 litre engine and switchable gearbox with relaxed and sport mode choices, the dash board was substantially revised and went back to traditional dials. We first purchased this supreme example in 2003 from the original lady owner when it had covered a warranted 11,000 miles- the car had spent most of the time stored in an underground car park in Knightsbridge. We sold the car on to the second owner from our stand at NEC, and re- purchased again  in 2007 with a mileage of 15,000. The third owner has brought the mileage up to just 29,000 and we have recently acquired  the vehicle once more.  As a Sovereign, this is top of the range with air conditioning, electric front seats, full leather, cruise control and alloy wheels. Finished in Bordeaux Red with Cream hide, this stands as one of the finest surviving examples and it has a verifiable history to support the very low mileage.

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Daimler Double Six Vanden- Plas 1974 £ 24, 995
As one of the quietest, smoothest and most powerful power units of its day,  the V12 was underplaying its potential in  the standard saloon, but with added, luxurious touches to the body and trim, this supreme version was competing effectively at the higher end of the luxury car market. Renowned coachbuilder Vanden- Plas  equipped these exclusive models with  ‘Wilton’ style carpeting, lambs’ wool over carpets,  rear reading lights and firmer sculptured seating in a higher quality hide. The door panels were of a more intricate design with wood cappings and gold inlay. All Vanden Plas  Daimlers were fitted with air conditioning. Externally, the Vanden Plas was  distinguished by chromium side mouldings, a vinyl roof and a unique range of metallic finishes.  Of the 1,726 cars produced we are pleased to offer what can only be described as close to the ultimate example. For the first twenty years the car was mollycoddled in the hands of one owner in Jersey, and from 1993  it was stored by the second owner, a private collector in Northern Ireland who passed away in recent years. We purchased the vehicle directly from the family with just 15,000 miles covered since new and set about a re-commissi0ning process of mechanical and electrical items followed by 400 miles of road testing. The Morello coachwork and Chamois Leather upholstery presents as well as it did four decades ago, and both the bright work and trim is close to perfect.

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Jaguar XJ6 4.2 1971 £ 22, 500
Importantly, this is a factory original manual with overdrive which is much rarer than automatic, and such cars are sought after by collectors who enjoy their impressive cruising capabilities. This must be close to the ultimate example with a researched history to support the recorded mileage of just 23,000. Indeed the lovely condition of its interior is a step back in time with its famously comfortable Slumberland seating virtually pristine, perfect carpeting and unspoilt veneers. Paintwork and chrome work  is in excellent condition. Finished in Navy Blue with Blue Grey ‘perforated’ leather, this is an extremely handsome example of the original XJ6 ‘Series One’ design.

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Jaguar S Type 3.4 1966 Reserved
Offering the famously spirited drive of a 60’s Jaguar, but with considerable refinement over the Mk 2, this S Type delivers all the positives of its famous sibling, and more besides with increased leg room, reclining seats, improved heating and independent rear suspension. From the driver’s seat it is feast for the eyes from the exquisite wall to wall wooden dashboard to the leaping cat perched at the far end of its curvaceous front. This is the enthusiasts’ choice with the smoothest XK power unit and all synchromesh manual and overdrive transmission. While so many examples were being thrashed and abused in the 1970’s this was mollycoddled by its long term second owner who finally parted with it thirty years ago to ourselves. Having supplied the car to subsequent owners we are therefore able to verify its truly impressive distant and recent history. We first sold it to the son of the then President of the Jaguar Drivers’ Club and it went on to win concours events both with JDC and the newly formed JEC. In the early 1990’s the car was improved still further with a full engine rebuild by Marcus Barclay purely on a preventative basis. In 1992 the car was extensively photographed for a Classic and Sportscar feature including front cover. It was also awarded a certificate of excellence at the NEC Classic Motor Show.  In 1999, the car was purchased by Guy Salmon and displayed in their showroom for the launch of the re- born S Type before being sold back to us once again. Most recently, in 2014 the car was awarded Jaguar of the show with the last owner at Selkirk by sponsors Morris Leslie who still feature it on their web site. Having covered 75,000 miles since new, this retains remarkably straight, unmolested panel work and it was subject to a high quality repaint in recent years. Doors click shut beautifully as rebuilt cars never seem to. The interior is very original and excellent though new carpets were tailor made in keeping around ten years ago. This car drives confidently with much recent use including a run down from Scotland. This must surely be one of the most  finely presented utterly genuine examples to be found.

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Jaguar Mk7M 1956 Reserved
In the iconic 1958 film ‘Violet Playground’, Stanley Baker’s detective character mistakes a Mk 7M for a much more expensive Bentley, and no doubt Jaguar were delighted with this unintentional advertising. Indeed, the resemblance in looks and quality finishes of the flagship Jaguar earned it the reputation of a supreme high end saloon with ‘grace, space and pace’ which could rival the most prestigious marques.  The Mk 7 was the first saloon to be fitted with the legendary XK engine, so its performance was breath-taking in the 1950’s, and remains more than adequate to hold its own on the road today. Many examples were neglected when the Suez crisis and subsequent fuel shortages hit home, so finding a real beauty which has survived over six decades is a challenge. This Mk7M represents a hugely rare opportunity- as the original buff log book states, and period ‘used car warranty’ confirms, this car changed hands to the second owner in 1958 who was to retain it for many years. While less fortunate examples were being discarded in the 1970’s this low mileage car was dozing in a garage until it finally re-emerged in 1983. It was sold again in the late 1980’s and for the last time in 1991. We acquired the vehicle directly from this long term owner in amazingly original order with low mileage of just 30,000 from new and supporting documents. Since then, a two year programme of work has been carried out to bring the car to show condition, while also sympathetically rejuvenating the many original features wherever possible. Completed just in time to be driven to the much publicised JEC Mk 7,8,9 model reunion at Brooklands last month, the car attracted extremely positive feedback, and it should now be featured in a forthcoming magazine article. Finished in its original period livery of Battleship Grey with Maroon Leather, this magnificent vehicle could pull the crowds at any event in the motoring calendar; it might even be mistaken for a Bentley.

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Triumph TR6 1974 Reserved
Despite their relative abundance in the 1970’s, finding a TR6 which has escaped the ravages of time is challenging due to the heavy use and neglect many cars received in their younger days.  This car benefitted from the extreme care and attention of two meticulous owners who had selected it as a long term, fair weather use- one from 1976 until 1987, and the next until 2005. The paperwork extends to two large files including original invoices, service book, regular insurance valuations and every single MOT certificate. Ziebart rust proofed from the start , the largely original paintwork is superb, the interior near pristine, the hood is original and the lovely engine compartment has never been dollied. The car’s original radiomobile and 1970’s installed Kenlowe  fan are nice period  extras. Earlier this year, this TR clicked over 20,000 miles which is substantiated by all its accompanying documentation. It has been recently serviced and checked over with new tyres and battery fitted. Finished in Mimosa Yellow with Tan interior and Black hood.

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Rover P5 (MK 3) 1966 £ 14, 995
Last and most powerful of the super smooth 3 litres, this model benefits from the superior panel fit and trim quality of the BMC era cars. A desirable combination with automatic transmissions, power steering and the single chrome flash which carried forward to the P5B . The survival of this P5 is owed to its hibernation during the low value years of the 70’s and 80’s when most other P5’s were ruined with poor maintenance and lack of appreciation . Following its re-emergence from storage in the  1990’s, the car was photographed for a Practical Classics article which now proves the outstanding original condition of this vehicle. About five years ago, we prepared the car to the next level with a bare metal repaint to a high quality, and sympathetically detailing the wonderfully original engine compartment. Bright work is excellent and the interior remains in supple and excellent original order. The car has been enjoyed for weekend motoring and attending enthusiast events in recent times with its genuine mileage now standing at 56,000 since new. Finished in Pine Green with Moss Green Leather and complete with original under- dash tools and a lovely folder of paperwork going back to when it was new. Compared to other luxury classics, this elegant P5 seems good value.

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