2006 Melbourne Spring Classic Auction - Monday 4th September
1976 Jaguar XJ-C 4.2 Coupe
Result: PASSED IN
|Engine||In-line 6-cylinder, 4235cc|
This lot is no longer available
Before Jaguar built the XJ-S there was the XJC, a graceful two-door rendition of the much-acclaimed XJ6 (itself described as one of the most beautiful saloons ever made) and a firm favourite of Sir William Lyons. The XJ6 set new standards for refinement, with a ride unequalled by its German rivals, and plenty of performance on tap thanks to the 4.2-litre XK engine. The two-door XJC was based on the Series 2 version of the XJ6, which benefited from ventilated disc brakes and revised master cylinder, new Borg Warner Model 65 automatic transmission and revisions to bumpers and grille along with a new dashboard and climate control system. With the same wheelbase as the saloon, the two-door had plenty of space inside for four adults and the longer doors made for dignified access to the rear seats while the side glass could be wound down to achieve a pillarless hardtop effect. The roof itself was finished in that favoured finish of the period, vinyl, and the whole effect was very elegant. Inside, the Jaguar retained the old world atmosphere of rich timber veneers and the leather hides, with plenty of luxury touches. The XJC was available in either six-cylinder or V12 form and built in limited numbers between 1973 and 1977, with 2,606 built in right-hand drive. This, along with the classical looks, have no doubt contributed to the rising popularity of the XJC amongst Jaguar aficionados and good examples rarely come on the market.