Willem and his Jaguar XJ Series 1.
Somewhere in 2020 I got a call from Karin. Whether I was interested in a Jaguar XJ S1. It is the Jaguar belonging to her partner, Willem. After the explanation about this XJ I will of course visit Karin and Willem. The story about the XJ may be good, but the contact with Karin and Willem is even better! That is often the deciding factor. No nice contact means no agreement, and that goes for both sides, right?
All right, Willem and his XJ. The garage door opens and one look is enough; This classic has been worked on by a professional. A professional when talking about bodywork, a professional talking about resprayment. if you are interested in it, you will see it immediately. Bonnet open. Once again the quality shines towards you, unprecedented. The interior; beautiful dark blue leather, expertly processed.
Willem is passionate about his classics. His MG from the 1950s exudes exactly the same quality. Willem likes to talk about it, and I like to listen to Willem. When you’re so passionate, it’s not easy to decide to say goodbye to your hobby, but sometimes the mind takes precedence over your passion. The Jaguar is awarded to me by Willem and goes with me to Oirschot, Willem and I keep in touch.
Time flies, a lot of work has been done to get the final touch and now the XJ is completely ready. Today is June 7. June 9th I will visit Willem with his XJ, so that he can see the result and we can catch up.
The classic. There is no doubt about a Series 1 XJ; this one is just beautiful! The large plastic bumpers on a Series 3, the black-tinted taillights on a somewhat later XJS, these are things that are sometimes questioned with these types. However, opinions are not divided about the very first XJ, and that is not surprising!
Because just look at the design of those taillights, or actually the entire rear. Have you ever seen anything like this? We are talking about a big sedan, but the sleek elegance radiates from it. In large part also due to the slender chrome bumpers at the time; you never saw that again. The large rear window, also unique.
This very early XJ has even more special features. Take a look at the fully stainless steel exhaust, placed straight to the rear. A hallmark of only the very first XJs. The reflectors placed high on the tailgate, same story. The chrome rings around the beautiful Lucas gauges, in the wooden dashboard. Okay, I could go on and on, but let’s get to the condition of the XJ, just as important.
As mentioned, Willem loves quality. With our finishing touches, we have continued this quality, the XJ is now in optimal condition. The classic has been completely restored in past years. Just take a look at the images. Hold on to that image and consider a technical condition of the same high level. After Willem handed over the XJ, I still spent more than €8,000, nothing has been left to chance. Top fit and of high quality, that had to be this ‘matching numbers’ XJ.
So ready, off. The new owner is going to enjoy it to the fullest. Enjoy the manual gearbox with overdrive. Enjoy the wonderfully, soft leather seats. Enjoy the freshly restored wooden dash. And enjoy the delicious 2.8 six-in-line. Although this was the smallest engine at the time, the combination of gearbox and engine type makes this XJ a particularly fit, even quite fast sedan. Several times I’ve driven 4.2’s which seemed significantly less fit, in large part due to the somewhat slow-shifting, power-guzzling automatic gearbox. Nice for one, too bad for the other; the perfectly working LPG installation also makes the XJ particularly pleasant at the pumping station. Naturally, the S1 runs on both petrol and LPG as it should; like the proverbial sun.
You want this pure history on wheels. There is no reason not to have this classic in your garage. Can you think of a reason? Totally fine, then I’ll keep Willem’s XJ to myself, right?
There is still a lot to say about this Jaguar, but of course you only get a good picture when you look at the car and drive it. you are most welcome in Oirschot, the coffee is ready.
*Addition due to Covid-19: We are very rural situated, there is no crowd in our area. I can prepare the classic for a possible viewing, so that we can consult each other at a suitable distance when desired. I don’t take unnecessary risks. Take your driver’s license and proof of identity with you for a possible test drive.
What makes this Series 1 special?
Top quality restauration
Great color; Dark Blue
Very early S1
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registered in: NL
License plates: DM-58-38
Registration NL: 30-10-1996
First registration: 15-11-1969
MOT expiry date: No MOT needed in NL
Cylinder bore: 2792cm3
Engine type: 6 cylinders in line setting
Jaguar XJ 2.8 Manual Series 1 – Dark Blue – 130.932km – Y1969
Fixed price: €22.950,-
No VAT deductible
Trading in? Gladly!