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28th JULY 2016
Castle Donington, Derby, Derbyshire DE74 2RP
1969 JAGUAR XJ6 4.2 Litre
- A very rare manual over-drive Jaguar XJ6 in a most agreeable colour combination
- Wonderful early history file containing around 14 service reports from 1969 onwards and MOT certificates from 1978 to 1985
- Engine comprehensively refreshed during current ownership and also a new radiator
This Jaguar XJ6 is unusual as it features an over-drive equipped manual gearbox where as many examples of Jaguar's iconic first series XJ saloon left the factory with an automatic transmission, and it also has air conditioning (although currently part-removed). It was first registered on August 19th 1969 and there are around fourteen Shell Service Report sheets in the history file from FW Mays of Dorking to a Mr Cummings, approximately covering the years of 1969 to 1975. Also present are a hand book and many expired MOT certificates, roughly from between the years 1978 and 1985. The history file contains a hand-written sales invoice from Graham Bovet-White of The Anchor Inn public house of Barcombe-on-Ouse near Lewes, East Sussex, dated March 1986 which states that Mr Bovet-White sold the car on behalf of his known Jaguar racing father Derek. The buyer (who is believed to have become the third owner) was a Mr Oakeley of Smarden, Kent, who registered the car with his number plate 4 JKO. Sold again in September 2001 to someone in Gillingham, Kent, the car changed hands again to someone in Tonbridge, Kent in August 2011. Finished in silver with red leather interior, the vendor became just the sixth documented owner of this XJ6 when he purchased it in March 2014, and he is keen to emphasise what a superb family classic car it is, proven by his several trips to Ireland on holiday in it with his family. A qualified mechanic, the vendor has removed the air conditioning compressor although left the receiver and condenser in the boot. He also comprehensively refreshed the engine at an approximate claimed cost of £4,500, and is reported to have fitted new pistons and liners, chains, cam shafts, sprockets, and overhauled the cylinder head and fitted a new clutch. Having carried out the work himself there are no labour invoices, but the file does contain many parts invoices and detailed photographs of the work undertaken. Other works during the current ownership include the fitting of a new radiator, fan, and water pump, and the filling of the cooling system with Evans Waterless Coolant. New front sub-frame mounts and new front tyres are also reported to have been fitted, along with the car just (July 2016) passing a new MOT test. The vendor describes the car as having an "excellent" engine and transmission and "very good" bodywork, paintwork, interior trim, and electrical equipment, explaining the reason for the latter only being classed as "very good" is due to one fuel gauge and the rev-counter not working