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SUSSEX STYLE MOTORING COLUMN
By Robert Hughes

Jaguar Mk2  Sports Cars
 

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2000's
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 XJ Executive 4.0 2000 £ 11, 995
For those loyal to the more traditional XJ line which started in 1968, there is growing interest for top drawer examples of models which pre- date the very different post 2009 cars. As time passes, there is a dwindling supply and the best are irreplaceable. The credentials with this car are ideal as it has been owned and driven by just one owner who only disposed of it to a dealer upon his retirement from driving, and we purchased directly from the dealer. Being the former owner’s last car, it has covered just 23,000 miles and has only ever been maintained by the Jaguar dealership who supplied it brand new. Despite such little use, the service record has been stamped on 12 occasions and the history file comes with the original invoices so the entire mechanical history can be verified. Finished in Pacific Blue with Oatmeal Hide, the coachwork is beautifully presented and  the interior is a time capsule. The Penta five spoke alloy wheels have been refurbished (including the inner rims) so they too are immaculate. There are chrome window surrounds and front air intake blade. This car was specified with hand painted coach lines and the small tools are complete, unused and in original wrapping. As a 4 Litre, this is desirable and relatively rare against a 3.2 so it performs without effort. Equipment includes switchable gearbox settings and cruise control.

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Jaguar X Type 2.5 SE 2007 Reserved
Searching out a low mileage estate car with a sought after specification is a real challenge. Of all the cars on offer, this appears to be one of the lowest mileage automatic SE versions which has all the boxes ticked for desired options- full leather and the rarer AWD. As a 2.5, it is a refined and smooth engine option. These models are usually driven hard by demanding owners who favour their loading capacity, while this particular example was sourced by main Jaguar dealer Harwwods for the last owner in 2011 who is a long term Jaguar fan, and he has cherished it. The mileage has clocked up just 46,000 since new with a full Jaguar main dealer service history and inspection records. This car is in immaculate showroom condition and it is attractively finished in Zircon Blue with Cashmere Hide.

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1990's
Jaguar XJS 6.0 Coupe 1996 Reserved
The rarest of the rare, the very most desirable being one of the last, and surely an unrepeatable example. We have known this car since the first owner and supplied it to the subsequent two- the mileage? 11,000 since new, repeat 11,000 since new. The first local owner had the vehicle maintained by the supplier Weybridge Automobiles and when the dealership closed, he followed the staff who knew his car and his standards to Bentley at Pangbourne and they maintained it until his disposal of it. We purchased the car from a mutual trade contact and sold it to the second owner in Scotland who sold it back to us after just a few months owing to his unexpected relocation overseas. We then supplied the car to the last owner, a regular client and it has been maintained by HA Fox Jaguar in Guildford upon our recommendation. The condition of this car is outstanding in all respects and it looks beautiful with Black coachwork contrasting with Ivory ruched Hide.

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Daimler Double Six HE 1991 Reserved
The factory’s flagship model, ‘Series Three’ was produced in its final and most exclusive form as a V12 beside the six cylinder XJ40. With their premium price tag, few were ordered and production was divided between Jaguar and Daimler, the latter being the absolute best. Many, if not most were for export, but the higher specification UK supplied examples, such as this are rare and much more sought after. This is one of the last run produced a few months before the model ceased so it has the latest equipment such as catalytic convertor, upgraded integrated sound system and ABS. We have known the history of this Daimler since new having purchased it eight years ago from the first owner. We have supplied and serviced it subsequently and can therefore verify the history with confidence. In 2013, our customer instructed Thomas Barclay to carry out an extensive replacement of bushes, hoses etc on a preventative basis at a cost of around £5,000. Finished in Westminster Blue with Magnolia Hide, the total mileage of this car is just 31,000 since new with a fully supporting service history. In all respects, this is a truly outstanding example- one of the best and one of the very last of its kind.

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1980's
Jaguar XJ6 3.4 1986 £12,750
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
1960's
Daimler 2.5 V8 1967 £ 26, 995
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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Daimler Sovereign (420) 1967 Reserved
This was the most refined and costly of Jaguar and Daimler’s family of medium sized luxury saloons, and the first model to bear the name Sovereign which was to become the manufacturer’s label for their exclusive model versions until 2009. This exceptionally rare manual with overdrive example is an old friend which we first purchased at a Jaguar event in Beaulieu 21 years back and sold on to a client in The Lake District who used it as his only transport until we re- acquired it from him 9 years ago. The car was then stripped to bare metal and repainted to a very high standard while the exceptional interior, engine bay and chrome work remained mainly original requiring just light rejuvenation to return it to show condition. The next and last owner was a retired Jaguar Browns Lane employee with a clear understanding of how the cars should be so he recognised the potential with this wonderfully straight and genuine car and so embarked on a thorough process of detailing to compete for concours. His efforts were richly rewarded with numerous awards and selection by JDC for the ultra-prestigious Champion of Champions where the car proudly shared stage at the NEC with some of the finest classic Jaguar and Daimler models in existence. Additionally this car has been featured in numerous publications including front cover of Jaguar Driver and Classic and Sportscar. Despite all this the car has not been a trailer dolly and has been driven 12,000 miles in the last nine years bringing the total to 69,000. The service history is huge with early and recent invoices from reputed garages proving consistently high levels of maintenance. Finished in one of the most favoured colour schemes of Opalescent Silver Grey with pale Blue- Grey Hide, this is a wonderful classic model with the finest provenance.

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1950's
OTHER MAKES
Rover P5B Coupe 1967 £ 26, 500
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 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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BMW 318i SE 1998 Reserved
This must surely offer an unbeatable provenance having been with the same family from the start and it has covered only 11,000 miles. Used little but often on The Isle of Man since new, it has clearly benefitted from fastidious ownership and being driven on the unsalted and sparsely populated roads of the island. It is nice to see the original showroom sales brochure, order form, original purchase invoice and service bill copies along with the stamped service book and pristine handbook pack.  Driven directly to Surrey, we have checked and serviced this BMW, and it is sublime in all respects. The E36 was the third generation 3 Series and it earned the distinction of being judged one of the best 10 new cars by ‘Car and Driver’ every year it was in production. With newer models still suffering depreciation and earlier 3 Series appreciating, this car might offer its new owner excellent value prestige motoring while proving to be an asset. Finished in Titan Silver with complementing Grey upholstery, this automatic BMW with power assisted steering and the optional extra of air conditioning is a delight to drive.

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