Rare V12 Long wheel base, very clean original example in stunning condition

  • Location: Barrington, Illinois, United States
  • Make: Jaguar
  • Model: XJ12
  • SubModel: - L (Long Wheel Base), Series II
  • Type: Sedan
  • Trim: - L (Long Wheel Base); Series II
  • Year: 1976
  • Mileage: 40,950
  • VIN: JBVLV49C0109287
  • Color: Old English White
  • Engine size: 5.3 litre Jaguar V12
  • Number of cylinders: 12
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive type: Rear Wheel drive
  • Interior color: mid-tan leather
  • Drive side: Left-hand drive
  • Vehicle Title: Clear

1976 Jaguar XJ12 - L (Long Wheel Base); Series II Description



Series II


5.3 liter V12 Long Wheel Base sedan
Stunning original presentation

This an absolutely gorgeous V-12L Jaguar sedan out-fitted in Old English white with light tan leather interior and coordinating floor rugs. The car is finished with a black fine-line on the body waist-line. The overall combination presents very elegantly indeed.

The 5.3 litre V12 configuration represented only some 15% of total production numbers for the XJ series II sedan from 1973 to 1979. The engine is a 326 cubic inch engine delivering 244 horse power. When the V12 option was first released in the Series I sedan in 1972 it held the title as the
"fastest full four-seater available in the world” at that time. The “L” stands for Long wheel-base which is 4” longer than the shorter sedans offered previously. This provides considerably extra leg-room to the rear passenger compartment.

This particular XJ12L was California delivered new in late 1976
and has been treated caringly and respectfully ever since. It was later sold in July 2000 to a small-time gentleman collector in Wisconsin who drove it sparingly - only to shows and special events. Everything was maintained on the car as you would expect by a knowledgeable and enthusiastic Jaguar owner.

The body on this car is very straight and the paint appears to be mostly original. With white, and when it's a high-end repaint, it can be difficult to ascertain if a car has been repainted so we can't be completely sure. But then, if we are not sure, then it tells you how good it is.
There are only the most insignificant little marks here and there from minor use and presents absolutely stunningly. The paint is consistent and lustrous without any cracks, crazing, dings, dents or fading. There is no rust and the underside is very clean and dry.

The interior of the car is in stunning condition with excellent Connolly hide leather upholstery finished in the light tan. The driver seat could possibly do with the cushion pleats being "re-stuffed" but is otherwise excellent. All the wood on the dash is in excellent condition, without any lifting or fractures in the lacquer and the burl walnut wood presents rich in grain – compared to the average example I would rate it a 9 out of 10. The deep grain and glossy finish of the rich grained
wood in this example contrasts beautifully with the tan hides – making the interior of this car very rich and inviting. The headliner was recently redone so there is no sagging or marks. It presents inoriginal appearance and the carpet is excellent. All interior chrome finishes are almost perfect. Overall it is very original and presents nicely.

All interior features and functions are fully operational including electrics – windows, gauges, lights etc. The A/C blows icy cold. Everything is also clean and crisp - knobs, switches, instruments.

The exterior chrome, stainless steel and brightwork
finishes are all good without any pitting.

Mechanically, the car is in superior condition and the original presentation under the bonnet clearly shows that. The car has clearly been well maintained thru quality and caring ownership. Exhaust is good with the correct factory stainless exhaust tips fitted. The car is fitted with a set of period correct looking Michelin X, thin whitewall tyres
in the correct 205/70-15 size. These period correct Michelins, of course, have not been produced for many years and although with plenty of tread, it would not be advisable to go long distance touring with them. For potting around and going to shows, they are absolutely fine.

This is a Jaguar that appears to have had all its usual nuances and typical issues of its age attended to and so is ready to go. The 41,000 miles is not verifiable but the car certainly presents as a low mileage example.

This is a 9 out of 10 driver example that needs nothing else doing. It makes for a gorgeous “weekender” that you could take to your next Jaguar meet with pride and joy.

Please take the time to look at the photo link below to many additional photos where I have endeavored to capture how pretty this car is. Please feel free to ask any and all questions you may have as it is an as-is auction.

~~ Being a significantly well-above average example of a V12 Jaguar Long Wheel Base sedan, this will bring a good value and is priced accordingly. Notwithstanding, sensible offers are welcomed. ~~

International bidders are welcome.

Please see additional photos at this link below:

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Click HERE to see many individual photos

**PLEASE read auction terms and conditions below BEFORE bidding.**


This Jaguar is part of a private collection. Although licensed and bonded, I am not a main-stream retail car dealer or broker; I am a professional car collector of some 30 years with considerable experience and knowledge of British cars. I have along standing reputation being associated with the Rolls-Royce marque which I take seriously. I take pride in my cars and have fun in collecting and restoring them. However, auctions are not a game so when you place a bid or offer, and you are the winning bidder, please understand you have entered a binding contract. You cannot bid and win the auction and expect not to meet the terms and conditions. Bidding and/or winning does not mean you are expecting me to “hold” the car until you have the opportunity to inspect it. Any inspection contemplated should be undertaken BEFORE you bid or make an offer and I openly welcome any potential buyer to come and personally inspect the car. Once you bid or make an offer, you are doing so to buy WITHOUT conditions. Your bidcan notbe subject to anything. A $2000.00 deposit (non-refundable) is required within 24 hours of the close of the auction and payable by PayPal. The balance of fundsarerequired within 7 days of the close of the auction and must be provided by cashier’s check or bank wire. I cannot accept PayPal for the balance unless you are willing to meet the cost of transfer fees. Full payment must be made (and payments cleared) before the title and/or the vehicle is released. All payments are non-refundable. Payments as described above form an important part of this purchase contract and so, if all the funds are not received as outlined above, I reserve the right to terminate the transaction without notice. If there has been any deposit or other part payments received and I elect to terminate the contract, I reserve the right to keep any such deposits or payments and resell the vehicle to another bidder or interested party or re-list the vehicle at any time. To be clear, if you change your mind for ANY reason and do not complete the transactioninthe time-frame required, you will forfeit your deposit. I am happy to assist with shipping arrangements on a national and worldwide basis but the winning bidder takes full responsibility for pickup and/or shipping and at his cost.

As a collector and experienced restorer of a range of classic cars, I make every effort to bring my cars to a high standard. By comparison, my cars are generally superior to others available but they are by no means perfect. You must expect some issues. Unless specifically stated, the car is not of show standard but of nice "driver" condition. Please understand, show cars cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to achieve and sell for prices commensurate, so the sale price of this car reflects its relative condition. You are buying "condition" accordingly. Buyers should not expect to receiveconcoursquality or "perfect" cars at these prices. Please also understand it is not always possible to attend to every item, or perhaps I may have inadvertently overlooked items. Further, and very importantly, these cars are not new. So this means a42 year oldcar is predominantly comprised of 42 year oldparts. Andoldparts will fail. All buyers must understand and expect that things can or will wear out, break and/or stop functioning without notice. This is even more likely with hand-built English cars of early technology when compared to the typical American car of the same vintage. Suspension and brakes on these cars are complex. We thoroughly check them and replace things that are identified faulty. But please understand,byexample; if we change a brake line because it appears aged or faulty, we do NOT at the same time replace all other hoses because they are of similar age. This is considered "preventative maintenance". We do not do this unless specifically requested and is not included in the purchase price. Feel free to ask for this additional service. Further, a feature or function that is working perfectly one moment, may decide to play-up the next. After all, it is some 42 years old. This is the nature of any used car and especially British cars. For thisreasonit is necessary for the following condition:

The vehicle is being sold "as-is/where-is" with no warranty expressed, written or implied. Any descriptions or representations are made with reasonable judgment and all efforts are made to ensure fair assessment and accuracy but they are for descriptive and identification purposes only and are not to be construed as a warranty of any type. The seller shall not be responsible for errors in description, authenticity, genuineness, or defects herein and makes no warranty in connection therewith. If any aspect of the description contradicts what can be seen in the photos, then the photos shall prevail as the reference point. No allowance or set aside will be made on account of any incorrectness, unforeseen imperfection, defect or damage. It is the responsibility of the buyer to have satisfied himself as to the condition and value and to bid based upon that judgment solely. The seller shall and will make every reasonable effort to disclose any known defects at the buyer’s request prior to the close of the auction. Seller assumes no responsibility for any repairs regardless of any written or oral statements about the vehicle. Being a classic car in excess of 10 years of age, in mostUSstates, the mileage may be recorded as “exempt”. In this regard the seller makes no warranties as to the accuracy of the mileage indicated or shown. I can hold the vehicle up to 30 days while you arrangeshippingbut you must immediatelyinsureit. I will not bear any responsibility for any additional costs including storage, transportation, or repair after the close of the auction. Whereas I am happy to store the car in excess of 30 days from auction end, a cost of $35 per day shall apply beyond 30 days of auction end. Also, you must remember that this is a 42 year oldvehicle, and while it is up to you, I do not recommend that you just “hop in and drive it across the country” until you have familiarised yourself with the car. At least, I have never done that. I have always professionally transported the cars in enclosed carriers from where I bought themtomy home.


I am sorry if these terms seem harsh but there seem to be some very unrealistic buyers out there - fortunately, onlyfewof these people exist but those that do can make life difficult, so it appears EVERYTHING needs to spelled out. Very simply put, this is an old car being offered for sale. It is not new and is subject to the perils of age. Further, Jaguars are not without nuances, idiosyncrasies and they are renown for a host of design issues which can make them not inexpensive to maintain. So, please respect the terms and conditions when you bid.