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SUSSEX STYLE MOTORING COLUMN
By Robert Hughes

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1968 Daimler Sovereign  34,000 miles from new
1987 Jaguar Sovereign V12 HE  Beautifully cared for-  64,000 miles
 

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2000's
Jaguar XJR 4.2 2009 £ 22, 500
Very last of the ‘traditional’ XJ line, the aluminium bodied X358 is visually distinguished from its predecessor by chromed side vents and distinctive lower mesh grilles. This super- charged XJR version is the most sought after Jaguar model and is extremely rare with just 32,000 miles covered from new and one owner since it was just over a year old. This immaculate vehicle is main dealer maintained and will have the benefit of a Jaguar health- check report for peace of mind. Finished in Savoy Grey with Ivory perforated leather, this is both a modern classic and a practical, luxury and performance business car.

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Jaguar XK8 4.2 Coupe 2005 £ 18, 500
As many predicted the very last of line ‘classic’ original shape are firming in price, but they still remain sound value at the present time. As ever, the cars with a top pedigree matched with high specification are the most actively sought by daily users, collectors and enthusiasts. With ten services all stamped by Jaguar main agents, bill copies and the latest ‘health check’ report by the servicing dealer, the provenance of this car could hardly be more reassuring. Indeed all work recommended even on a precautionary basis has been carried out by Jaguar, and the mileage of this car is just 34,000 since new. Initially this was Jaguar’s own demonstrator and the extensive specification includes but is not limited to 20” BBS Detroit alloy wheels, CATS suspension, Brembo brakes, dynamic cruise control and limiter, heated and memory front seats and heated windscreen and premium sound. There have been two private owners owning the car six and four years respectively. Finished in Anthracite with Charcoal Hide, this beautifully complements the retro- style and shows the birds’ eye veneers off to maximum advantage. The condition of this car is absolutely stunning.

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Jaguar XK8 4.2 Convertible 2003 £ 16, 995
Having turned the corner to gain some classic status, it is hard to imagine the beautifully styled original XK8 will not become even more appealing as the good ones disappear. Recently serviced and checked over by a Jaguar main dealer, this car looks and drives as it should with just 41,000 miles covered since new. Presented to an extremely high standard in all respects, this represents excellent value as a low mileage, well cared for example. Finished in  Anthracite with Charcoal Hide and extra cost option classic veneers, this is a very smart and distinctive combination.

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Jaguar S Type 3.0 SE 2006 Reserved
With its rounded lines echoing classic, earlier designs, today’s S Type Jaguar is set to be tomorrow’s collectable car.  As ever, it pays dividends to go for the most cherished example, as present market values cannot justify restoring a neglected car to peak health. This must be a car to consider having been in the hands of just one private owner since its initial registration as a demonstrator. Each and every year this S Type has been returned to the supplying dealership for service and a health- check so the history is utterly reassuring with a stamped service record and file of bills. Its mileage, unquestionably warranted is 56,000 since new. With immaculate Savoy Grey paintwork and unmarked Cream Hide, the car benefits from recent tyres and alloy wheel refurbishments. Being petrol and the more sought after 3.0 V6, this is the ideal specification.

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1990's
Jaguar XJS 4.0 Coupe 1993 £ 19, 995
This ‘cat’ is already out of the bag, the XJS is a classic in waiting with values having started to harden over the past year or so. The later ‘double bumper’ models are scarce and sought after with low mileage and this is one of the finest around. Interestingly, this was one of the Jaguar factory’s demonstrators, and we first purchased this car after it was disposed of by the first private owner in 2002. The second owner purchased it from us having had a full engineers’ report carried out by renowned expert Ken Bell, but he only used the Jaguar for two years before putting it in to dry storage as a long term keeper. We purchased the car back from him last year, re- commissioned the mechanics as necessary and it was sold on to the third private owner, a regular client of a mutual trade acquaintance. Owing to a change in circumstances, we have again purchased the car with its stunningly low mileage of just 34,000 since new. Finished in Diamond Blue with contrasting Grey Hide, this is a very attractive purchase.

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Jaguar XJS 6.0 Convertible 1993 Reserved
Third, and final generation XJS which is the most desirable especially, as a V12 fully unleaded 6 litre. This has to be the car to cherish and put away having been purchased as a birthday present brand new for the first and only lady owner. Supplied by Dutton Forshaw (now Stratstone) they have been entrusted with the servicing and maintenance throughout- bill copies, service book and MOT certificates verify the mileage of 16,000 since new. Following very little use in recent years, we were introduced to the car via a mutual contact at Jaguar and dealt directly with the owner- the car has not been previously advertised. Inside and out, the condition of this car is outstanding in all respects. It comes newly main dealer serviced with Jaguar’s approved health-check completed. Finished in Artic White with Black Hide and Black Hood. Complete with special number plate which has been with the car since delivery, period Jaguar- Motorola car phone and very early Garmin navigation system.

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Jaguar XJ6 3.2 Sport 1997 £ 6, 995
Very last of line with the easily maintained and famously reliable six cylinder AJ16 engine. This is an outstanding example and every aspect of its condition is in superb order with very original bodywork and near faultless paintwork. The interior is pristine and bright work excellent . Supplied by us previously, there have been three owners from new and the car’s overall mileage is just 43,000 - 7,000 miles has been covered this year, so with a reliable track record, this will reassure a future owner who may wish to use the car daily or for longer distances. The colour scheme of Antigua Blue with Cream perforated Hide and contrasting Ebony Veneers is gorgeous and highly unusual. A very practical and useable Jaguar XJ in a pleasing specification.

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1980's
Jaguar XJ6 3.4 1986 Reserved
The charm of a Series 3 is its shape which looked classic even when the cars were current because the basic design dated from the 1960’s. Most customers who bought these cars new favoured some modern touches such as pepperpot wheels, fuel injection and the digital computer, but the elderly first owner of this particular example seemed to desire his brand new Jaguar to look more traditional, and it would have seemed quite old fashioned even when it was new. The original order form and subsequent purchase invoice from Doves of Croydon confirm this to be a 3.4 litre- the longest serving XK engine from 1948, but a rare choice by 1986 and the only engine option available on an XJ6 with carburettors.  A  five speed manual gearbox was specified, a real scarcity at the time. With chrome pressed bolt on hub caps, and ordered in Windsor Blue, this was one of the few non- metallic colours. Inside, the Cheviot Tweed upholstery looks well in keeping and as one of the very last of line, Jaguar upgraded the veneers to Sovereign specification with veneered door cappings and gear selector panel. The speaker surrounds and tread plates are also chrome on these very late cars. We understand that the owner died in the late 1990’s and the car was inherited by relatives before being sold on to an enthusiast. During the past decade, the mileage has remained nominal and the car has currently covered just 34,000 miles from new. With the price gap widening in favour of early XJ’s for their older more characterful features, this should be a very tempting enthusiast’ purchase, particularly with its ultra- rare manual transmission, and being in show condition throughout.

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1970's
Daimler Sovereign 4.2 1975 £ 19, 995
An Edinburgh car all its life, we first purchased this Daimler four years ago from an owner who had  ‘known’ it  since brand new. An outstandingly original and unmolested example, a bare metal repaint was carried out sympathetically by ourselves to a commensurately high standard at that time only due to the inevitably age-faded metallic finish. Extreme car was taken to match finishes with the original door shuts and under- bonnet. With just 13,000 miles covered from new, we then sold the car on, by great coincidence to an Edinburgh based collector. Having just re- acquired the car directly, it has received very little use in the interim, so the mileage is now just 14,000 from new. As a Daimler, this has the attractive fluted chrome and wider seat pleating and as a 1975, it is pre- trim quality cut backs which the models received the following year. In the ‘right specification’ early, classic ‘chrome bumper’ XJ models becoming increasingly scarce, and this is certainly one of the very best in existence. It has the added advantage of being in a very sought after colour combination of Silver with Cinnamon Hide which looks as attractive today as it did in the 70’s.  For sale only to the right home where it will continue to be cherished and preserved.

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1960's
Daimler 2.5 V8 1967
First time on the market since delivery, we purchased this car directly from the original family. In 1975, the first owner bequeathed this cherished Daimler to his grandson who had accompanied him to the showroom to collect it brand new. For the subsequent six years the car was used regularly, but in 1981 a decision was made to preserve it for the family to keep. Accordingly, the Daimler was taken to ‘Harvey Hudson’, their local main dealer who stripped and repainted the vehicle only because the opalescent finish had dulled, and it remains resplendent to this day. The car was then used for high days and holidays until the owner moved and took the car with him to Devon. Intending to use it more often in retirement, the usage actually reduced and the car was stored when not in use, though always kept in running order by the local garage as invoices verify. Only due to another house move, the family have finally parted with the Daimler directly to us with just 35,000 miles covered since new. We have carried out substantial re- commissioning of perishables, road testing over 500 plus hundred miles, preparation of the engine bay to show condition, light and sympathetic rejuvenation of the very original interior, some remedial re- chroming, paintwork etc. Now the car is ready to be shown and enjoyed. Finished in Opalescent Light Blue with Navy Hide and optional power steering, this car also benefits from the later automatic gearbox and is pre- trim quality cuts- very last of the deep bumper cars in a dream specification. There is delightful portfolio of history with the car from the original invoice, warranty, service pack, bills, past MOT’s and a lovely letter from the family verifying the history. A unique opportunity.

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1950's
OTHER MAKES
Rover P5B Coupe 1967 Reserved
First of the most sought after 3.5 litre models which successfully matched the smooth, strong ex- Buick V8 to the hugely respected P5 model, and these cars famously found favour with Royalty, government and the business elite. As an early example, this is extremely rare to be pre- 1968 Leyland merger; thus being built under British Motor Holdings and therefore benefitting from their superior quality finishes. As a Coupe, this is the most sought after with its colour contrasting lower roof line and sculptured rear seating. There is a documented history supporting that the second owner kept this car from 1968 until 1992, and there have been two since- we purchased the car directly from the last owner, a long standing client. The mileage is 47,000 miles since new and the immaculate condition in all respects is commensurate with a cherished, low mileage, very original and unmolested example which has expertly been prepared to show condition. For the past 11 years this Rover has been in a collection with very little use, so we have undertaken the necessary programme of works to return it to regular use. Finished in Arden Green with a Silver Birch roof and Buckskin Hide, this is one of the most favoured combinations. Once a common sight, but becoming increasingly rare as restoration costs greatly exceed values, there is a diminishing supply of these highly regarded models.

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Mercedes Benz 300 SL 1986 Reserved
The enduring appeal with the ‘107’ saw cars journey from sought after prestige to classic, though there are plenty which have suffered neglect and few which survive in such fine order as thus particular example which has a truly impressive file of history supporting caring ownership. With one of the most sought engine choices, superior ‘galvanized’ body preparation and smart flat faced alloy wheels, the late specification cars such as this are definitely the ones to go for. Finished in the ever popular Signal Red with Black upholstery, this is an exceedingly smart SL, and being thirty years old- just, this opens up the export potential with this ‘early- late spec’ car. In addition to a strong mechanical history with known and well regarded marque specialists, the previous owner has lifted this already excellent car to show condition with a fine quality repaint three years ago, new mohair hood, reconditioned wheels and engine compartment detailing.

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Mercedes Benz SLK 200 Kompressor 2004 £ 6, 995
Open top Mercedes motoring could hardly be better value with the beautifully finished mini- SL now fitting in to an attractive price range. Previous maintenance is key to future enjoyment and this car benefits from main dealer stamped service history since new and a low 38,000 miles in total. All aspects of the cosmetic condition are superb and this Mercedes presents as a much younger example with caring ownership clearly evident. There is the advantage of both hard and soft top motoring with the electric metal roof folding away for the open air experience. Finished in metallic Silver with Black Hide and Aluminium effect Dash, it is the classic combination.

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