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1986 Jaguar Sovereign 4.2  Incredible spec/ history- 65,000 miles
 

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2000's
Jaguar XF Portfolio 2012 (62) £ 27, 995
Independent press road tests hailed the 2.2 Litre turbo diesel engine mated to the eight speed automatic transmission as a package the XF should have had from the outset, and the smoothness, power delivery, and economy demonstrates the point. As a ‘Portfolio’ this is King of the range, and it carried a hefty price premium as a new car. Enticing  luxuries include, but are not limited to memory power mirrors, reversing camera, front and rear park aids, Bowers and Wilkins 1200W music system, heated/ cooled front seats, rain sensitive wipers, navigation and. Bluetooth connectivity.  Two years on, with just one owner, 19,000 miles covered and the benefit of a balance of warranty with free servicing next year, this is a tempting proposition and seriously attractive  against the greater number of more basic examples on the market. Finished in Lunar Grey with soft grain Ivory Hide piped in Oyster with suede cloth premium head lining , the car is presented to an immaculate standard and has just recently received the benefit of brand new tyres all round.

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Daimler Super Eight 2006 £ 22, 995
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 XJ8 3.2 SE 2002 £ 7, 500 Reserved
Last of the classic curvaceous shape, this long wheel base version benefits from steel engine liners and the later timing chain design, both of which offer peace of mind to the owner. This exceptionally clean X308 is the more luxurious ‘SE’ run-out model and  benefits from the chrome package previously reserved for the Sovereign. The car has cruise control and reverse park aid which were specified new.  Supplied previously by ourselves, this can only be described as cherished with the condition of its coachwork, trim, engine compartment and interior being difficult to fault. The service book has been faithfully stamped nine times with accompanying bills in an impressive file. In 2013, the fastidious owner had the car’s underside surveyed with preventative rustproofing treatments renewed at a cost of £475. The current mileage is 60,000 since new. Finished in gleaming Diamond Blue with Cashmere Hide piped in Sable, this offers tremendous value luxury motoring.

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1990's
Daimler Six 1995 £ 9, 995
A rare acquisition which will suit an enthusiast who likes a very luxurious yet  practical and easily maintained modern classic which has something special about it. As top of the range, Daimler’s  premium list price ensured that  few were sold new and this adds rarity and kudos in today’s market. Apart from more prominent fluted chrome, the Daimler’s interiors are noticeably more sumptuous with superior Autolux Hide, deep pile wool over rugs, gold inlay to the veneers and picnic tables to the rear compartment. Equipped with every option at the time, these cars are not lacking in goodies such as air conditioning, electric heated seats, electric sunroof and cruise control. This pristine example has had one owner from new and  covered just 38,000 miles with fully supporting documentation and history.  Finished in Carnival Red with Cream Hide, this is unusual being a standard wheel base car which was available for just two years- one of only 1,362 produced. Stunning in every respect.

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1980's
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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1970's
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 1973 £ 14, 995 Reserved
This is a cosseted example which remained with the original owner for most of its life before passing to enthusiast owners who have cared for it since. The panel fit and profiles are superb with this car,  and the interior excellent  with notably supple leather upholstery looking and feeling almost as new. Finished in deep Navy Blue, this complements the French Blue leather upholstery which is a rich and attractive period colour combination. Another unusual and worthwhile feature  is the ‘powerglide’ electric windows.  Since acquiring this extremely original Jaguar directly from the last owner, we have thoroughly  prepared and detailed it to show condition. The exception to this originality is the installation of cd auto changer, though the original radio set is still with the vehicle and could be re- fitted if required. With its present mileage of just 32,000, checked and supported, this is a highly prized example of the coveted Series One model with a nice history file including interesting, very early paperwork.

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1960's
Jaguar Mk 2 2.4 1960 £ 24, 995
The first owners, father and son retained this remarkably original example until 2005 when shortly afterwards it was put away in a small investment collection. We purchased the car in 2011 finding it to be in a wonderfully fine, untouched condition but needing  sympathetic re-commissioning in some areas. We carefully stripped the vehicle back to bare metal and repainted it to a worthy standard. Its engine compartment was left with the original rust proofing finish as specified when the car was new, though we had the engine itself finely detailed to show condition. The interior was, and remains astonishingly supple and pretty much as it left the factory- a true time capsule and quite lovely. Mechanically, the car had re-commissioning of perishables carried out as necessary to return it to reliable, regular use. Reassuringly, almost 3,000 miles has been covered  since 2011 bringing the total mileage to 34,000 since new. The clutch was renewed last year , an ‘engine out’ undertaking and the tyres have been replaced with correct ‘vintage’ replicas. As a very early car, its survival in this condition is all the more unusual with both the original dateless number plate and recessed sun visors adding appeal for the enthusiast. Finished in period colours Pearl Grey with Red Leather, there is an impressive history file to accompany this Jaguar including much interesting early paperwork. There are so few Mk 2’s which look, smell, feel and drive the way they did in the day, and this will appeal to the buyer who appreciates the difference.

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Jaguar S Type 3.4 1964 £ 24, 995
This model accompanied rather than replaced the long serving and popular Mk 2 and it offered a step- up in luxury for the mid-size saloon customer. Features include wall to wall wood finishes, improved heating, reclining seats and independent rear suspension. The curved frontal treatment was sleek and neater and the back was styled on the larger Mk 10 with its discreet tail fins and increased boot capacity. This is a very early example with manual and overdrive transmission and unusual being a privately ordered original Jet Black car with Red Leather interior- such a colour combination would have been a throwback to previous decades when most cars were either black or grey.  It survives in extraordinary condition and has been known to us since the mid 1980’s while it was shown at Beaulieu, and we supplied this car twice in the 1990’s.  We are delighted to have been reunited with this Jaguar in completely ship shape order. Reading through the extensive history file which dates back to new, it is astonishing to discover that around £40,000 has been lavished upon this vehicle over the past fifteen years including a total strip and examination of the body to its shell, renewed protective coatings to the underside, bare metal repaint including the engine compartment. Wood work strip and polish, engine bay detailing and a host of preventative mechanical work.  More recently, the car was featured in a ‘Classic Cars’ magazine article and exhibited on the JEC Club stand at NEC last year. This car has been treasured throughout its life with many superb original aspects to qualify this- the original leather, headlining, door panels and carpets are in beautiful, cherished condition.  The mileage of 53,000 is correct with its history known to us and supported by the files of paperwork going way back.

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OTHER MAKES
Triumph Stag 1970 £ 16, 750
Ordered from Triumph’s stand at the Earls Court Motor Show in October 1970, this Stag was delivered to its first owner on The Isle of Man four weeks later and believed to be the first sold to the island .  Finished in Ermine White with Tan interior, It was admired by a fellow resident who eventually became the car’s second owner from 1976. This gentleman has treasured the ever car since preserving its originality , and although the Stag became surplus to requirements some time ago, it was retained by the owner for sentimental reasons. Even so, the car was not stored, but used by the owner solely as a conveyance to collect his morning newspaper from a local shop. We purchased the car directly from the owner and have had it appraised by a Stag specialist. As testament to this car’s condition, the underside is superb and original yet it has never received any rust proofing  other than the standard preparations at the time of manufacture. We have carefully bare metal stripped the original White paintwork only due to minor abrasions received over the years, and re- painted the car to a very high quality. The original Tan interior, hood and bright work has been revived with little more than thorough valeting  needed to restore it to show condition. A rare opportunity to purchase a completely genuine, unmodified example sympathetically prepared to show condition with automatic transmission and power steering. The car is now UK main land registered with a V5C and age related registration. The mileage is warranted at just 43,000 since new and the car has lovely early paperwork including the sales invoice and service book.

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Morris Mini 1000 1972 £ 8, 995 Reserved
Once a plentiful sight, the revised MK 3 Mini was a ‘first car’ to many in the 1970’s who will remember them with great affection. Most have disappeared, but this cheery bright Flame Red example survived in beautiful condition with three owners through the years, and a big file of paperwork dating back to when the car was current. Astoundingly original and almost untouched cosmetically over the years, a thorough re-commissioning has been carried out to a very high standard including back to metal repaint, removal of engine for show preparation of the unit, its ancillaries and the flitch panels. Chrome work is almost perfect- a mixture of original and brand new ‘old stock’ replacement bumpers and grille which were wisely acquired by a previous owner some years ago and came with the vehicle in original wrapping. The Black interior has required little more than a clean and this Mini drives as it should. The mileage is 39,000 since new which the documentation supports.

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